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Evangelicals, Black Lives Matter and The New York Times

January 26, 2016

The New York Times wades into the trepidation some Evangelical Christians face concerning the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015

A professor suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God and cheating pastors exposed in a hacking scandal made news in 2015.

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Church World Service Criticizes Governors over Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015

Officials from a Mainline Protestant church agency are criticizing U.S. governors for declining to resettle Syrian refugees in their states.

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“Drag Jesus” Church: God is a Diva

October 27, 2015

A UCC congregation is generating both wanted and unwanted attention after it promoted an annual “Drag Gospel Festival” with an icon of Jesus Christ “digitally enhanced” with makeup and earrings.

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Trophies and Martyrs

October 6, 2015

Before he joined the ranks of Christ’s martyred followers, Jason Johnson was one of Christ’s trophies. He was courageous enough to see himself for who he was and where he was headed, and surrender his life to Jesus.

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Who are the Planned Parenthood Clergy?

August 10, 2015

Stocked with assorted retired and small-church pastors, the Clergy Advocacy Board presents an image of oldline Protestantism: older, disproportionately concentrated in the Northeast, and almost entirely white.

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IRD: Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood as “God’s Work”

July 31, 2015

“Clergy and churches should defend the vulnerable, not excuse their destruction,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.

An Assemblies of God youth convention gathers in West Bend, Wisconsin in 2007. Over the past decade, the Pentecostal denomination has posted significant growth. (Photo credit: Paul M. Walsh/AP)

Study: Diversity in U.S. Churches Varies Greatly

July 28, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning is “the most segregated hour in this nation,” but it appears some religious groups are experiencing more success than others in overcoming this historic separation.

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The UCC Synod on Man and the Earth

July 15, 2015

The UCC hosted two speakers to address man’s duty to the earth, but do they neglect the weightier matters of the law?

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Theology UCC Style: Scripture Through ‘Palestinian Eyes’

July 14, 2015

On June 30, 2015 the United Church Christ (UCC) voted in favor of anti-Israeli divestment resolutions despite the advice of like-minded expert panelists. Their Palestinian-centered theological climate might explain their decision.

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UCC Advisory Panel Debates Israeli Boycott and Apartheid

June 22, 2015

A United Church of Christ panel recently examined the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement ahead of the denomination’s General Synod later this week.

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Supreme Court Rules for Hobby Lobby in Religious Liberty Case

June 30, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Obamacare’s HHS mandate compelling religious employers to subsidize insurance for contraceptives and abortifacients.