Latest Religious education News

New judge lets Missouri boarding school stay open for now

Sep. 27, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

A Missouri judge on Tuesday allowed a Christian boarding school to remain open for now, scheduling two days of hearings in October to determine its fate after multiple current and former students alleged widespread abuse. Cedar County Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Pyle's ruling came...

Investigation underway into antisemitism at U of Vermont

Sep. 13, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating allegations of antisemitism at the University of Vermont, including that some Jewish students were excluded from campus clubs and a teaching assistant threatened to reduce the grades of students who support the state of Israel. The...

Spanish ex-priest sentenced to 30 years for abusing minors

Sep. 13, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a 30-year prison sentence a lower court had imposed on a former priest for sexually abusing seven boys he taught at a seminary boarding school. The court found that the abuse took place between 2013 and 2016 at the school in the...

Faculty, students sue Christian school over LGBTQ hiring ban

Sep. 12, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

Divisions over LGBTQ-related policies have flared recently at several religious colleges in the United States. On Monday, there was a dramatic new turn at one of the most rancorous battlegrounds – Seattle Pacific University. A group of students, faculty and staff at the Christian...

Turkish pop singer indicted for inciting hatred

Sep. 02, 2022 06:14 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish pop-singer could face up to three years in prison after she was indicted Friday for “inciting hatred and enmity” over a joke she made about religious schools in the country. Singer-songwriter Gulsen was jailed last week but was released four days later...

For a small Chicago church, closing down was an act of faith

Sep. 01, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (RNS) — ­­­Like so many pastors around the United States, the Rev. Amanda Olson has kept one eye on the Bible and another on the evolving religious landscape. She knew change was coming to the church in America. Yet she hoped her congregation might be...

Turkish pop star jailed over joke released to house arrest

Aug. 29, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday released pop star Gulsen from jail but placed her on house arrest as she awaits trial on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” for a joke she made about Turkey’s religious schools. Last week, the 46-year-old singer and...

Turkish pop star jailed over joke about religious schools

Aug. 26, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish pop star Gulsen has been arrested on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” with a joke she made about Turkey’s religious schools, the country’s state-run news agency reported. The 46-year-old singer and songwriter, whose full name is Gulsen...

Despite public anger, no progress in Iraq political deadlock

Aug. 14, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Weeks after followers of an influential cleric stormed parliament, Iraq’s political crisis shows no signs of abating, despite rising public anger over a debilitating gridlock that has further weakened the country's caretaker government and its ability to provide basic services. ...

Teen's death is latest tragedy in flood-ravaged Kentucky

Aug. 10, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

The mysterious death of a high school athlete who spent days helping his fellow eastern Kentuckians clean up from historic flooding has added a new layer of grief to the tragedy. On Wednesday, Aaron “Mick” Crawford was counted as the 38th person to die as a result of flash...