LOS ANGELES (RNS) — “I never designed Epiphany to be a Christian Club,” Melissa Smith says. of the coworking space she began. “We have conversations about God, we pray for one another, but we don’t force our beliefs or perspectives on anybody.”
PHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.
(RNS) — Elizabeth Woning and Ken Williams have a simple message to LGBTQ people: God can radically transform their sexual orientation. At the same time, the ex-gay movement in Christian circles has never been more besieged or fragmented, and reparative therapy has been debunked.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- What began as midweek prayer meetings in the 18th century have become an accepted part of congregational life, a a study released Tuesday (Sept. 10) shows: Nine in 10 Protestant pastors say they have some type of activity on Wednesday night.
PORTALES, N.M. (The Christian Chronicle) — For up to four years while single parents go to college or develop careers, a faith-based duplex community built by New Mexico Christian Children’s Home offers free rent, utilities, and internet. One of the expectations: the entire family must attend church services.
MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (RNS) — Demonstrators have flocked to this mountain to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope for reasons that are partly environmental and partly religious.
CHICAGO (RNS) — Growing across both conservative and progressive denominations, the dinner church movement sees gathering together for a meal itself as worship, rather than just another church potluck after worship.
(RNS) — For Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, investing in faith outreach isn’t just strategic. It’s personal. How he will use faith outreach as a modern Democrat, however, is less clear.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- According to a LifeWay Research study, pastors indicate the "worship wars" are subsiding. Also: pianos and hymnals are not obsolete, about half indicate using an organ or praise team. And 3-in-4 have paid for at least some of the musical portions of their worship service.