Church Seeks Line Between Interfaith and Intolerance

DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres recently for a Bible study called “Islam Through a Lutheran Lens.” It was a better-than-expected showing, and people...

Supreme Court Sides with Churches in Employment Fights

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan. 11) unanimously threw its support behind a church school that fired a teacher, using a widely watched church-state case to bolster a legal doctrine that exempts religious institutions from some civil rights...

Mainline Protestants Seek Internal Reforms, Stir Anger

(RNS) A list of the Episcopal Church’s 75 commissions, committees, agencies and boards spilled over eight PowerPoint slides during a recent presentation by its new chief operating officer, Bishop Stacy Sauls. By his count, there are also nearly 50 departments and...

Ohio Pastor Elected to Lead Breakaway Lutheran Church

(RNS) Members of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) have elected an Ohio pastor as their new head bishop, making him the first non-provisional leader of the year-old denomination. The Rev. John Bradosky was elected Aug. 11 by 800 NALC members who met in...