Christianity

Pope Makes History By Tapping First African American Bishop To Lead Washington, D.C. 

April 4, 2019
Pope Francis named the first African-American to the Catholic Church’s most senior U.S. position on Thursday, seeking to end a period of upheaval in a job whose previous two occupants were caught in sexual abuse scandals. Former Atlanta archbishop Wilton Gregory, 71, was made new head of the Church in the U.S. capital Washington, D.C., and is also likely to become a cardinal eligible to vote in a conclave to elect the next pope after Francis. He would be the first African-American to hold the rank of card

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How not to pray in a statehouse 

April 1, 2019
A small viral tempest blew up this past week after a Pennsylvania state representative opened the legislative session with a prayer that was, shall we say, far from the usual exercise in spiritual inclusion. First-term Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R- Centre/Clinton) invoked Jesus’ name 13 times in a way that seemed designed to send a message to Movita Johnson-Harrell, who after a special election in Philadelphia was about to be sworn in as the first Muslim woman to serve in the Pennsylvania legislature. Johnso

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At 98, Chicago chaplain still brings her ministry to Illinois prisons every Sunday: 'How can I quit when people need me?' 

March 28, 2019
At age 98, Helen Sinclair — a resident of the South Side of Chicago also known as Queen Mother — is still resolute in her mission to spread the gospel and love to Illinois prison inmates, whom she visits weekly.

Source: At 98, Chicago chaplain still brings her ministry to Illinois prisons every Sunday: 'How can I quit when people need me?' - Chicago Tribune

All South Dakota Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs 

March 25, 2019
The ACLU is yet to receive any feedback about this development. Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota signed Senate Bill 55 on March 19 requiring all public schools in the state to display in a prominent place the sign “In God We Trust” starting next school year. She also signed another bill which will allow […]

Source: All South Dakota Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs - World Religion News

We the (faithful) People: A coalition of religious groups is pushing to redefine faith in Colorado politics 

March 11, 2019
coalition of faith groups is showing up at the state capitol every Tuesday and taking on two big tasks: Pushing legislators for policy that reflects their values and trying to redefine the political voice of the faithful in Colorado. At the launch of Faithful Tuesdays in February, prayers from a Reform rabbi and a Unitarian pastor caused the heads of those gathered to bow, and short sermon-style speeches from a Catholic priest and an African Methodist Episcopal layperson echoed around the grand halls on th

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