Yonat Shimron

The proposed rule would allow faith-based agencies to refuse to allow anyone to adopt children or serve as foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs. Read more

Advocating Justice

A new nationally representative study finds that revenue is not necessarily declining along with religious attendance. Read more

Local Church 1 Comments

The latest poll confirms that public attitudes about clergy have been waning since the 1970s, in tandem with the loss of trust in institutions. Read more

Ordained Ministry 5 Comments

Clergy candidate Spencer Cullom, scion of generations of Methodists, struggled with the vote of the 2019 General Conference until she reached a fateful decision. Read more

General Conference 2019 3 Comments

Bishop Will Willimon observes: "There are people, left and right, progressive and conservative, who just say, 'This is it. We’ve waited. We’ve watched. We’ve tried. And now we can’t stay.'” Read more


Helen Ryde, a jurisdictional coordinator for Reconciling Ministries Network, is making her way from western North Carolina to the special General Conference in St. Louis by stopping to pray at United Methodist Churches. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Leaders of Mt. Horeb UMC in South Carolina, aligned with the Wesleyan Covenant Association, say they're ready to leave the denomination if anti-LGBTQ stances are removed by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

Samuel Oliver-Bruno has been deported o Mexico after being arrested when he left the sanctuary of CityWell UMC in Durham, NC, for what he was led to believe would be a citizenship appointment. Read more


Churches are tightening their security and stepping up advocacy in the wake of a surprise ICE arrest of an undocumented man lured out of sanctuary by an immigration letter. Read more

Advocating Justice

Members and supporters of CityWell United Methodist Church are marshaling forces to aid Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an undocumented immigrant who was arrested Nov. 24 after sheltering at the church for almost a year. Read more

Advocating Justice

Compared to American lifestyles of 100 years ago, people today tend to marry and bear children later, and during that transition, they form political sensibilities that guide their choice of religion -- if any, says a new book. Read more

Local Church

A recent poll shows that 64 percent of the overall public — including majorities of other Christian groups as well as religiously unaffiliated Americans — believes the country is seriously off track. Read more

Global Health

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation is sponsoring "Project Blitz," a campaign to get state legislatures to pass laws mandating the motto "In God We Trust" on everything from school buildings to license plates. Read more

In the World

Two faith-based groups are seeking the abolition of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) because of documented abuses of immigrants. Read more

Advocating Justice

John Pavlovitz's experience with organized institutional religion has led him to ask pointed, uncomfortable questions about U.S. Christianity that have gained him a wide following for his blog. Read more

In the World