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Religious freedom advocate Katrina Lantos Swett, right, leads a panel for the opening of the In Defense of Christians national convention Sept. 7 in Washington, D.C. (RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks)

Activists: West ignoring genocide of Middle East religious minorities

Religious freedom advocate Katrina Lantos Swett calls the crisis “perhaps the great moral challenge of our time right now.”

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Religion reporter looks for Bible in public life

Kenneth A. Briggs writes about his two-year quest to investigate the Bible’s disappearance from public life and see where he could find it still.

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Latvian Lutherans reinstate male-only clergy

Although leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia ceased ordaining women in 1993, the change in practice was never made official church policy until this year’s synod.

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United Methodism’s global evangelical transformation

The denomination today is an increasingly evangelical and global body of over 12 million in which Americans will soon be the minority.

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United Methodist leadership recommends deferral of LGBT decisions


The recommendation concerns whether to accept LGBT clergy and allow same-sex marriage.

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African Methodists worry about church that brought them Christianity


American Methodists “are now preaching a different Gospel,” says an African church leader.

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