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Historic United Methodist church sees ‘hopeful’ time for LGBTQ Christians

CHICAGO (RNS) — LGBTQ-affirming United Methodists are split over which proposed plan to support at the denomination’s special session — and what they’ll do if a plan passes that strengthens rules against the full inclusion of LGBTQ people.
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Southern Baptist leaders vow to improve addressing sex abuse after papers’ report

(RNS) — ‘I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again,’ Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in response to an investigation by Texan newspapers.
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Trump strikes muted tone at National Prayer Breakfast, plays up evangelical interests

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I will never let you down, I can say that — never,’ Trump said to the attendees at the religious gathering.
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Mexico’s Fiesta de la Candelaria ends Christmas with a bang

(RNS) — A traditional Candlemas celebration in the southern Mexican town of Tlacotalpan combines mischief and heartfelt adoration of the Virgin Mary.
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Trump’s State of the Union garners mixed reactions among faith groups

(RNS) — “We can make our communities safer … our faith deeper and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before,” President Trump said.
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Conflict between brothers splits Uganda’s thriving Abayudaya Jewish community

MBALE, Uganda (RNS) — A conflict between two brothers over money and religious practice is splitting Uganda’s century-old Abayudaya Jewish community.
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S.C. foster care agency tests public’s will to exclude on the basis of faith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) — When Sue Barrise wanted to foster a child, Miracle Hill asked her what church she belonged to. When she answered, the response was as direct as it was abrupt: ‘Sorry, we can’t help you.’
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Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 bid raises questions about Hindu political ties

As Gabbard readies to launch her presidential race in early February, her connection to Indian Hindu political leaders, is turning out to be one of her biggest obstacles.
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The science of Sabbath: How people are rediscovering rest—and claiming its benefits

(RNS) — People of different faiths are rediscovering the practice of Sabbath, and some point to science suggesting such a day of rest — including time away from social media and digital devices — benefits longevity and mental health.
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As Muslim extremism nosedives, researchers question law enforcement’s focus

(RNS) — Fifty people were killed by extremists in the U.S. in 2018. But only one of those killings was perpetrated by someone associated with radical Islam.
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