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A blockbuster report found that SBC lawyers worked for years to protect the institution and demonized abuse survivors and accused a prominent pastor of abusing a colleague's wife.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who oversees the Archdiocese of San Francisco, announced on Friday he is barring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from taking Communion in churches he oversees, citing her support for abortion rights.

In this issue of A Public Witness, we reconsider Harry Emerson Fosdick’s famous sermon and ask some of American Christianity’s leading voices and experts, “Did the fundamentalists win?”

A gunman motivated by political hatred against Taiwan chained shut the doors of a California church and hid firebombs inside before shooting at a gathering of mostly elderly Taiwanese parishioners, killing a man who tackled him and possibly saved dozens of lives, authorities said Monday.

A Montana Baptist pastor who has spent years warning that liberals were taking over the Southern Baptist Convention and evangelical churches, was arrested on DUI and weapons charges. 

Bishop Vashti McKenzie, a recently retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has been named the interim president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches, the ecumenical organization announced Tuesday. McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler.

A new report on critical race theory only added fuel to the dispute that has engulfed the Christian college. Stakeholders for Grove City College in Pennsylvania have both celebrated and balked at the report and its listed “remedial actions.”

In this issue of A Public Witness, we look at the few protests at churches that actually occurred over the weekend. Then we recall more significant political protests in sanctuaries in the past before considering what all of this might portend for free speech in sacred spaces during this charged cultural moment.

Critics say the college’s Racial Reconciliation Commission’s report is flawed, making it an inadequate foundation for conversations about the school’s past and future.

The departure of any church or clergy from the denomination is not instantaneous, but must first go through its annual conferences. Florida’s annual conference will meet June 9-11 in Lakeland — the first time it’s gathered in person since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago.