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More than a half century after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged the Christian church to "remove the yoke of segregation from its own body," an estimated one-sixth of U.S. congregations have succeeded in becoming at least partly multiracial — but not without struggles.

Two men sit at this booth, on stools they bring themselves, six or seven days a week. Their spot is one of three free speech booths at Lambert that often puzzle travelers with their signs nodding to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

For years, my husband would say after we returned from the church, "I thought the sermon was good." To that, I would reply, "I didn't hear the sermon, as usual."

Pres House, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows what a denomination can do when it focuses on the resources it has, rather than worrying about what it doesn’t have, according to Rev. Mark Elsdon.

For the past 25 years, the number of Americans claiming no religion has steadily ballooned as more and more people quit church, synagogue or mosque and openly acknowledged being a  “none.” But that growth may be leveling off.

(RNS) — What's on pastors' minds? It may not be what you think, according to a report released last week by Barna Group.

(RNS) — Franklin Graham said he will seek out alternative venues for a United Kingdom tour this spring after all eight venues reneged on plans to host the evangelist, saying his views on homosexuality are incompatible with the values of the British people.

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — How do you understand the meaning of life and death? And, more urgently, how do you grieve? J. Dana Trent is helping to facilitate discussions about a good death, both in the classroom and to church groups.

How we build trust in a digital age is of utmost importance to Christians. We can’t know our neighbors at arms’ length. The model that the sharing economy has created over the past decade might show the way to connect.

(RNS) — Two years ago, Vineyard United Methodist Church was in trouble. They chose to change, pulling out pews cancelling some traditional events, and . gradually tweaking services. The first few changes were the hardest, according to co-pastor Jim Hein. But each one built trust for the next.