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Thousands of women and girls in Africa’s newest nation have suffered brutal sexual violence...

South Sudanese churches call for acceptance of wartime sexual violence survivors

South Sudan civil war

by: Fredrick Nzwili  June 28, 2019 (RNS) — South Sudanese churches are urging local communities to accept women who have been victims of sexual violence during the country’s civil war, many of whom are returning after being kept in captivity by state and non-state forces. Thousands of women and girls in Africa’s newest nation have suffered brutal sexual violence as armed groups employed rape as a weapon of war. Last year, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan documented 238 cases involving 1,291 victims. Many have been rejected by theirRead More


SES President Richard Land said Geisler influenced him as a seminary student in the early 1970s.

Norman Geisler, theologian and prolific author, dies at 86

Norman Geisler

by: Adelle M. Banks July 1, 2019 (RNS) — Theologian and Christian apologist Norman Geisler, the author of dozens of books and the co-founder of two seminaries, has died. He was 86. His family announced his death on Monday (July 1) on his website. “It is with great sadness that we share this news that Norm Geisler passed away peacefully this morning,” reads the brief statement. “He has left behind an amazing legacy that will continue to have a ripple effect for many years to come.” In April, Southern EvangelicalRead More


Evangelical Covenant Church has voted to remove a congregation

Evangelical denomination expels entire congregation over LGBT policy

by: Yonat Shimron June 28, 2019 (RNS) — For the first time in its 134-year history, the Evangelical Covenant Church has voted to remove a congregation from its roster over its position on LGBTQ inclusion. The vote to expel the First Covenant Church, a prominent and historic Minneapolis congregation, for being “out of harmony on human sexuality,” took place at the denomination’s annual meeting in Omaha on Friday (June 27). The Minneapolis church has never performed a gay marriage, though a lesbian couple had an off-site wedding performed by itsRead More