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Monday, September 23rd, 2019

 

Nevertheless, the vitriol of recent months has created misunderstandings about evangelicals themselves.

Opinion: Who’s an evangelical and who gets to decide?

Donald Trump

by: Paul O’Donnell Sept. 23, 2019 (RNS) — The most often repeated story about religion and politics these days is the evangelical love affair with Donald Trump. Virtually every week we get another story of how evangelicals love President Trump, no matter what he does. Pundits likewise offer much analysis of the reasons for evangelicals’ undying fidelity. New York magazine recently averred, for instance, that evangelicals like Trump because of his “hatefulness.” The Washington Post similarly advised “white evangelicals” that it was time to “panic” because they had sold theirRead More


Relevant founder Cameron Strang announced his leave of absence...

Relevant magazine founder ‘stepping away’ from role

by: Jack Jenkins Sept. 23, 2019 (RNS) — The founder and CEO of Relevant magazine is “stepping away” from the evangelical Christian publication just days after several former staffers raised concerns about his past behavior, which they described as racially insensitive and toxic. Relevant founder Cameron Strang announced his leave of absence in a post published on the magazine’s website on Monday afternoon (Sept. 23). He did not dispute the accounts of former staffers and apologized for his past actions, which he repeatedly described as toxic. “Over the last week,Read More


That rate marked an 8 percent drop from the previous figure of 14.6 in 2014.

Abortion continues to ebb, the reasons why debated

by Tom StrodeWASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2019 (BP) — After a record low in the U.S. abortion rate, pro-life advocates and an abortion rights research organization have offered differing explanations. The Guttmacher Institute announced Wednesday (Sept. 18) the abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women age 15 to 44 in 2017, the latest year for which it has statistics. That rate marked an 8 percent drop from the previous figure of 14.6 in 2014. Guttmacher was a Planned Parenthood affiliate from 1977 to 2007, when the abortion rights organization beganRead More


But this year, no one is combining faith — however broadly defined — and politics as acutely as Sarah Riggs Amico...

In Georgia, a Democrat launches a campaign that’s all about faith

Sarah Riggs Amico

by: Jack Jenkins Sept. 16, 2019 (RNS) — Mixtures of religion and politics aren’t exactly unusual in Georgia, a state situated squarely in the heart of the Bible Belt where asking someone where they go to church is a common icebreaker. But this year, no one is combining faith — however broadly defined — and politics as acutely as Sarah Riggs Amico, 40, a newly announced Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, running to oppose incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue. Amico, who lost a 2018 campaign for lieutenant governor, launched herRead More


But all of the most likely proposals provide for dissenting congregations to exit the denomination...

United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote

by: Emily McFarlan Miller Sept. 19, 2019 (RNS) — The United Methodist Church’s deadline for petitions for its next global meeting passed Wednesday (Sept. 18), setting the terms for a final reckoning with LGBTQ issues that have divided the denomination for more than 40 years. The UMC’s General Conference 2020, to be held in May in Minneapolis, will consider the structure of what church leaders hope can be an amicable, and orderly, breakup of a worldwide church that is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The variousRead More


It was the allegation of racial insensitivity that came in a Twitter barrage on Wednesday (Sept. 18)...

Relevant founder Cameron Strang accused of creating racially insensitive workplace

by: Jack Jenkins Sept. 21, 2019 (RNS) — Cameron Strang, the founder and CEO of Relevant Media Group, found himself under attack from a host of former employees this week who accused him of behavior they said was racially insensitive and changed depending on his mood. Relevant Media publishes a Christian bimonthly geared toward young evangelicals, as well as a website and a network of podcasts. It was the allegation of racial insensitivity that came in a Twitter barrage on Wednesday (Sept. 18) after Relevant recommended a podcast episode aboutRead More


Cultural items exhibited in tabletop displays by church members...

Displaying diversity: Aurora Methodists showcase congregants’ cultures.

Heritage Sunday at Wesley UMC

AURORA, Ill., Sept. 23, 2019 — Showcasing ethnic food and cultural artifacts from 10 countries, congregants at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora celebrated Heritage Sunday Sept. 22. Lekha Cristanujaya of Oswego coordinated the first-ever heritage celebration in the church parlor during a social hour between worship services. The public was invited. Cultural items exhibited in tabletop displays by church members represented Bolivia, Germany, India, South Korea, Philippines and Romania. Food samples, homemade and store bought, represented Mexico (pastries), Sweden (rice pudding with lingonberries) and the United States (sweet potatoRead More


During the colder months of the calendar, 630 volunteers are needed to operate seven temporary shelter sites...

PADS of Kendall County facing challenges recruiting volunteers as shelter season looms 

By Tom Siebert YORKVILLE, Ill., Sept. 20, 2019 — Famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger was once asked what his prescription was for someone who felt they were about to experience a nervous breakdown.  “Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, find someone in need, and do something for them,” Dr. Menninger replied. Well, that’s what Kendall County PADS volunteers have been doing since the fall of 2010, when the nonprofit support group began providing nutritious meals, safe overnight housing, and much-needed social services to the area’s homeless community. DuringRead More