NRSV update will be more egalitarian

The mainline Protestant National Council of Churches (NCC) announced that an updated edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible will be released in May 2022. It is the first update since 1989. A team of about 50 scholars has spent four years incorporating advances in textual scholarship and reviewing the rendering of the translation. The new version will be “as free as possible from the gender bias inherent in the English language,” according to the NCC, with changes made “on the basis of accuracy, clarity, euphony, and current English usage.”

Minister replaces Confederate leader on street sign

Montgomery, Alabama, the first capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, has renamed a street to honor civil rights lawyer and Church of Christ preacher Fred D. Gray. The street was previously named for rebellion leader Jefferson Davis. Gray, who grew up on that street, was baptized at age eight and started preaching at 12. He became a lawyer to combat segregation and represented Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks when they refused to change seats on a city bus to comply with the law separating races. Gray was one of a small group of Black Christians who organized a boycott and picked a young minister named Martin Luther King Jr. to serve as spokesman, launching the modern civil rights movement.

Network will promote Christian women

Evi Rodemann, a German theologian with the Lausanne Movement and the European Youth Ministry Network, launched an organization to promote women as Christian conference and event speakers. Speakerinnen Platform started in September with 100 women and 60 organizations in German-speaking countries. Rodemann also began a mentorship program ...

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