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In this issue of A Public Witness, we look at today’s special California election and the troubling campaign tactic of churches turning over their pulpits on Sundays for campaign speeches. We also offer a reminder that the IRS rule banning such partisan sermons has not been recalled. 

St. Nicholas Church was the only house of worship destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Twenty years later, a shrine replacing it is nearing completion for this Eastern Orthodox congregation,

Senior Editor Beau Underwood interviews Joy Martinez-Marshall, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the latest installment of our “Behind the Pulpit” series intended to pull back the curtain on the minister’s life.

Facebook is seeking increased engagement with American religious communities. In this edition of A Public Witness we detail some major concerns of congregations uncritically accepting this friend invitation.

Services at an influential Nashville-area megachurch were disrupted Sunday after the wife of the church’s founding pastor stood up and accused his successor of conspiring against him.

Trustees for Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, last week dropped their proposed new governing documents amid a five-month court challenge. But before they did, SBU’s attorney filed several motions, including an attack on Word&Way.

Less than a year after approving new governing documents to give greater legal control to the Missouri Baptist Convention, the trustees at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, pulled the new articles of agreement. The move leaves the school’s older articles in place and ends a six-month legal conflict.  

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine mandated Monday that all clergy and staff in the diocese be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September. It is one of the first COVID-19 vaccine mandates for clergy in the United States.

The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber was installed this weekend as the first pastor of public witness for the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.  Bolz-Weber, who has often attracted controversy, is perhaps best known for her New York Times bestselling books.

The great contradiction of Boston’s Old North Church is that a site pivotal to the freedom of the nation is the same place where slave owners and traders once worshiped.