Christianity

Anglican

The Church of England is a national church that broke with the Roman Catholic Church in the English Reformation of the 16th century; the Worldwide Anglican communion, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, consists of more than thirty-eight autonomous provinces throughout the world, including the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Judge blocks deal to bar LGBT discrimination in adoptions

September 27, 2019
Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan’s first openly gay statewide officeholder, from barring the faith-based agencies from excluding LGBT couples from services. Source: Judge blocks deal to bar LGBT discrimination in... Read more about Judge blocks deal to bar LGBT discrimination in adoptions

Formation of the Next Generation

The Eastern Orthodox church’s Syndesmos World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, Roman Catholic World Youth Days, and evangelical campus ministries are all efforts by Christian groups to counter the trend of young people turning away from religion. Many centrally organized youth groups host international gatherings to solidify community and invest in the future of the faith.... Read more about Formation of the Next Generation

The Ecumenical Movement

The Ecumenical Movement

Members of the Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and Mormon churches all call themselves Christians—yet they also maintain significantly divergent theologies and practices. Ecumenical movements attempt to bridge those differences, although such efforts remain controversial. The World Council of Churches consists of more than 300 Protestant and Orthodox churches, but the Roman Catholic Church, the largest group of Christians globally, is not a member.... Read more about The Ecumenical Movement

The Ethics of Abortion

The Ethics of Abortion

After Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, religious groups that supported abortion rights, like the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights, have faced opponents of abortion, notably Catholics supported by papal statements against abortion, in a highly-charged political and religious argument. Despite the polemics, some Americans on both sides have made efforts at open conversation.... Read more about The Ethics of Abortion

Homosexuality

Homosexuality

The changing political and social status of LGBTQ Americans has forced Christian churches to choose whether to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples and whether to ordain openly gay or lesbian clergy. Many LGBTQ Christians embrace both their sexual and gender identities and their religious commitments, but other Christians, claiming to uphold biblical values of a Christian understanding of gender, have formed advocacy groups opposing LGBTQ civic and religious rights.... Read more about Homosexuality

Interfaith Dialogue

Interfaith Dialogue

The ever-increasing religious diversity of the United States necessitates that Christians in cities across the country relate to and interact with people of other faith backgrounds. Though some Christians maintain that evangelization is the only appropriate interaction with non-Christians, many others seek to find common ground across religious lines, creating organizations and spaces designed to facilitate open dialogue.... Read more about Interfaith Dialogue

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The Christian churches in America are scarred by their violent legacies of settler colonialism and slavery yet are filled with remarkable diversity; across denominations, Christians create communities and traditions informed by their racial and ethnic identities, and many see their faith as an imperative to reckon with racism in the country today.... Read more about Race and Ethnicity

Fighting for the Bible

Fighting for the BibleThe Bible is used by Christians with different theological and political beliefs as textual support for their positions. Questions of interpretation have high stakes and include whether to take the Bible as literally true and eternally relevant, or as a text that is situated within a particular historical context and should be read allegorically.... Read more about Fighting for the Bible

Festival of St. Anthony

Festival of St. AnthonyEvery August, more than 100,000 people go to the North End of Boston to participate in the Festival of St. Anthony, which, like other festas in the United States, is put on by an Italian American mutual aid society. The Festival celebrates cultural and religious heritage while observing a saint’s feast day.... Read more about Festival of St. Anthony

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