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A roof over their head: Churches use tiny homes for homeless

Jun. 25, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

Churches across the U.S. are tackling the big question of how to address homelessness in their communities with a small solution: tiny homes. On vacant plots near their parking lots and steepled sanctuaries, congregations are building everything from fixed and fully contained micro...

From joy to anger, faith leaders react to Roe's reversal

Jun. 24, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

Religious Americans are deeply divided in their views on abortion, and reactions from faith leaders ranged from elation to anger after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that made abortion legal nationwide. The ruling issued Friday was hailed by...

LGBTQ youth of faith retell their stories to inspire others

Jun. 24, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

Sabrina Hodak grew up in a Modern Jewish Orthodox family but only truly embraced Judaism at age 16, around the same time she understood she was bisexual. It was an upsetting and confusing time, because the same religious mentors who helped her strengthen her beliefs kept saying her...

Afghanistan earthquake victims face struggles getting aid

Jun. 24, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

Getting donations to Afghanistan earthquake victims will be far more difficult compared with other disasters due to sanctions against the country’s Taliban government and its troubled relationship with Western nations, experts say. International groups that maintained operations in...

US charitable giving hit record in 2021 but inflation looms

Jun. 21, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

Charitable giving in the United States reached a record $485 billion in 2021, though the increase did not keep pace with inflation, according to a report Tuesday offering a comprehensive look at American philanthropy. The Giving USA report says donations in 2021 were 4% higher than...

Camino pilgrims help rural Spain’s emptying villages survive

Jun. 19, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS, Spain (AP) — Amid the vast grain fields of Spain, a medieval church stands guard over the handful of adobe homes where some 50 people live — and twice as many travelers along the Camino de Santiago spend the night this summer. Terradillos de los...

Foundations embrace organized labor with $20 million plan

Jun. 17, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

Following a string of union victories at Amazon and Starbucks, a group of prominent progressive grant makers is seeking to put a total of $20 million into a coalition with organized labor that will steer funds to organizing and advocacy campaigns in the South. A contentious battle to...

New SBC President commits to move sex abuse reforms forward

Jun. 15, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention said Wednesday he will accelerate sex abuse reforms in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Texas pastor Bart Barber's first priority: to assemble a panel of people -- Southern Baptist...

Texas pastor Bart Barber elected Southern Baptist president

Jun. 14, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Bart Barber is a staunch Southern Baptist conservative who would welcome bans on abortion, opposes critical race theory and believes only men should serve as pastors. Yet Barber, elected Tuesday as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention,...

Southern Baptists agree to keep list of accused sex abusers

Jun. 14, 2022 22:50 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to create a way to track pastors and other church workers credibly accused of sex abuse and launch a new task force to oversee further reforms in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...