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Church's Unauthorized 'Hamilton' Production Compares Being Gay to Addiction

Church's Unauthorized 'Hamilton' Production Compares Being Gay to Addiction

By Emell Adolphus | Aug 14, 2022

The Door church in McAllen, Texas, has given the Broadway show a homophobic makeover and lawyers for the real show have issued an order to cease and desist.

Watch: Religious School Turns Away 5-Year-Old after Lesbian Aunts Adopt Her

Watch: Religious School Turns Away 5-Year-Old after Lesbian Aunts Adopt Her

By Kilian Melloy | Aug 14, 2022

A same-sex couple who adopted their orphaned niece were shocked when a Baptist school refused to allow the child into its kindergarten.

Lutheran Official Apologizes for Trans Bishop's Firing of Cleric

Lutheran Official Apologizes for Trans Bishop's Firing of Cleric

By Deepa Bharath and Holly Meyer | Aug 13, 2022

The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America apologized to a majority Latino congregation for their pain after the denomination's first openly transgender bishop fired their pastor.

Southern Baptists Say Denomination Faces DOJ Investigation

Southern Baptists Say Denomination Faces DOJ Investigation

By Holly Meyer | Aug 13, 2022

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention said several of the denomination's major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice following problems related to clergy sex abuse.

Pope Francis Meets Transgender Guests of Rome Church

Pope Francis Meets Transgender Guests of Rome Church

By Nicole Winfield | Aug 11, 2022

Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday.

U.S. Houses of Worship Increase Security after Shootings

U.S. Houses of Worship Increase Security after Shootings

By Deepa Barath and Luis Andres Henao | Jul 17, 2022

Houses of worship are meant to be places of shelter and peace, where strangers are welcome. But the recent string of high-profile mass shootings is a reminder violence can happen anywhere.

Conservative Anti-Gay Pastor Jesse Lee Peterson Accused of Hiding Gay Past

Conservative Anti-Gay Pastor Jesse Lee Peterson Accused of Hiding Gay Past

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 14, 2022

The conservative pastor and influential political pundit Jesse Lee Peterson is accused of hiding several past gay relationships.

LGBTQ+ Youth of Faith Retell their Stories to Inspire Others

LGBTQ+ Youth of Faith Retell their Stories to Inspire Others

By Luis Andres Henao | Jun 24, 2022

Across the U.S., circumstances vary widely for LGBTQ+ youth seeking religious engagement.

Watch: Catholic Bishop Says Pride, BLM Flags Disqualify School from Being Catholic

Watch: Catholic Bishop Says Pride, BLM Flags Disqualify School from Being Catholic

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 18, 2022

A Massachusetts bishop says that a Jesuit middle school in the state can no longer be considered Catholic because it flies Pride and BLM banners.

Transgender Lutheran Bishop Resigns over Racism Allegations

Transgender Lutheran Bishop Resigns over Racism Allegations

By Deepa Bharath | Jun 8, 2022

An openly transgender cleric from San Francisco, who made history last year with an appointment as a bishop by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has resigned amid allegations of racism.

Poll Shows Rift Between Catholics, Bishops over LGBTQ+ People, Abortion

Poll Shows Rift Between Catholics, Bishops over LGBTQ+ People, Abortion

By David Crary | Jun 5, 2022

The hardline stances of many conservative Catholic bishops in the U.S. are not shared by a majority of lay Catholics: Most of them say abortion should be legal and favor greater inclusion of LGBT people.

Watch: Texas Preacher Calls for Pride's Abolition, Death for Gays

Watch: Texas Preacher Calls for Pride's Abolition, Death for Gays

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 5, 2022

Preacher Jonathan Shelley spoke at a city council meeting in Arlington, Texas recently where he called for the abolition of Pride and the killing of LGBTQ+ people.

Pope Francis Fuels New Speculation on Future of Pontificate

Pope Francis Fuels New Speculation on Future of Pontificate

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 5, 2022

Italian and Catholic media have been rife with unsourced speculation that the 85-year-old Francis might be planning to follow in Benedict's footsteps and resign, given his increased mobility problems.

Will Pope Francis Meet with Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Orthodox Head?

Will Pope Francis Meet with Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Orthodox Head?

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 2, 2022

The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis will travel to Kazakhstan in September for an interfaith conference, a meeting that may give him a chance to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

San Diego Bishop McElroy Named by Pope Francis as a Cardinal

San Diego Bishop McElroy Named by Pope Francis as a Cardinal

By David Crary | May 30, 2022

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, one of Pope Francis' ideological allies who has often sparred with more conservative U.S. bishops, was named by the pope on Sunday as one of 21 new cardinals.

Christian Nationalism on the Rise in Some GOP Campaigns

Christian Nationalism on the Rise in Some GOP Campaigns

By Peter Smith and Deepa Bharath | May 29, 2022

Christian nationalism conflates American identity with the religious tradition, and overlaps with the conservative Christian political agenda— including opposition to same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

Report: Top Southern Baptists Stonewalled Sex Abuse Victims

Report: Top Southern Baptists Stonewalled Sex Abuse Victims

By Deepa Bharath, Holly Meyer and David Crary | May 23, 2022

A scathing investigative report says top Southern Baptist Convention leaders stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations.

Pope Francis: God 'Does Not Disown' LGBTQ+ People

Pope Francis: God 'Does Not Disown' LGBTQ+ People

By Kilian Melloy | May 10, 2022

Pope Francis sounded a note of love and compassion in a letter to Fr. James Martin, a Catholic priest who advocates for ministry to LGBTQ+ people, writing that God "does not disown any of his children."

Mosques for Women, LGTBQ+ People Exist; This Women's Mosque in LA is One

Mosques for Women, LGTBQ+ People Exist; This Women's Mosque in LA is One

May 1, 2022

Not all Muslims belong to a religious community, and sacred dates in the Islamic calendar can prove profoundly isolating — especially be Muslims who are female, nonbinary, queer or converts.

Newsmax Anchor Greg Kelly: Churches' Pride Flags 'Exclusionary,' 'Disrespectful'

Newsmax Anchor Greg Kelly: Churches' Pride Flags 'Exclusionary,' 'Disrespectful'

By Kilian Melloy | May 1, 2022

Pride flags flown from churches: Open and affirming? More like "exclusionary" and "disrespectful," according to Newsmax's Greg Kelly.

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