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Biden Brings Back White House Faith Partnerships Office
President turns to Obama-era leader and his evangelical campaign outreach director to lead agency in efforts to “heal, unite, and rebuild.”
QAnon Conspiracies Sway Faith Groups, Including 1 in 4 White Evangelicals
Survey examines belief in election fraud, the Deep State, and other theories on American politics.
Supreme Court Lets California Return to Church Indoors
Justices lift the total ban on indoor worship, though capacity limits and singing restrictions remain.
Rick Warren Apologizes for Saddleback Clip With ‘Demeaning’ Asian Caricature
Asian American Christian leaders reiterate concerns over using stereotypes as punchlines in Sunday school curricula.
Tolkien Fans Hope to Make Oxford Home a ‘Rivendell’ for Writers
Project Northmoor is fundraising to turn the place where the Catholic author wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’ into a center for creating faith-inspired fantasy.
SBC President’s Church Reinvestigates Bryan Loritts’s Abuse Response
Seven months after hiring Loritts as executive pastor, the Summit Church has commissioned an independent review of how he handled voyeurism incidents at his former church.
Pastors More Reluctant to Preach on Race
Though most still address the topic in sermons, preachers report more pushback from their congregations over the past four years.
What Trump-Supporting Pastors Preached After the Capitol Attack
Sermons mentioned national divides, condemned violence, and applauded police—and some did not reference the event at all.
Like Preacher-Politicians Before Him, Senator Raphael Warnock Will Keep His Pulpit
The Ebenezer Baptist pastor becomes the latest in a line of African American ministers in Congress.
Jericho March Returns to DC to Pray for a Trump Miracle
Protesters are putting the pressure on Pence to act on the president’s behalf when Congress meets to confirm the Electoral College votes.
Hungary Amends Constitution with Traditional Definition of Family
The legal changes explicitly promote “Christian culture” while barring LGBT adoptions.
Kenyan Christians Traveling for Christmas Fear al-Shabaab Bus Attacks
Christian and Muslim leaders have condemned the violence, which has turned deadly as neighboring Somalia broke diplomatic ties.
Gunman Killed After Opening Fire at NYC Church Christmas Concert
Police say “it is by the grace of God” that the shooter didn’t strike anyone at the historic Episcopal cathedral.
Around America’s ‘Christmas City,’ Rural Churches Left Heartbroken by COVID-19
Congregations in Noel and Neosho, Missouri—one diverse and one mostly white—grapple with the strain of the pandemic.
Trump Administration Expands Religious Exemptions for Federal Contractors
A new Labor Department rule offers organizations providing government services more freedom to follow their own employment guidelines on faith and LGBT identity.
It’s Hard to Social Distance When You’re a Giant Singing Christmas Tree
Big church productions cancel, go digital, or try to adjust to COVID-19 precautions.
Bethlehem’s Inns Are Empty This Christmas
Tourism to the biblical city celebrated as Jesus’ birthplace remains halted with West Bank under lockdown.
Supreme Court Blocks New York’s Worship Service Restrictions
Update: Colorado and New Jersey also ordered to reexamine attendance limits at indoor worship. 
Dutch Protestant Church Admits Failing Jews During World War II
Ceremony recalls “sinful history” during Nazi occupation and beyond.
Fired Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz Apologizes for Infidelity
Update: Hillsong announces an investigation into its New York church, which Lentz helped launch a decade ago.

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