In Tax Debate, Gift to Religious Right Could Be Bargaining Chip

Conservative Christian leaders are edging toward a once-improbable victory, having quietly worked for years to repeal a ban on political activity by churches.

Quandary for Alabama Pastors: What to Say About Roy Moore

Appalled by the allegations against the Senate candidate, but hesitant to alienate churchgoers who support him, many ministers steered clear of the race in Sunday sermons.

A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

An officially vetted journal has sown rancor by depicting the U.S. church as overly political, captive to the right and out of step with the mainstream.

To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education

By ERICA L. GREEN June 10, 2017 HOLLAND, Mich. — The students formed a circle around the Rev. Ray Vanderlaan, who draped himself in a Jewish ceremonial prayer shawl to cap his final lesson to graduating seniors in his discipleship seminar at...

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game. By LAURIE GOODSTEIN June 10, 2017 The Rev. William J. Barber II, organizer of the “Moral Mondays” protests in North Carolina, in April at Riverside Church in...

Methodist High Court Rejects First Openly Gay Bishop’s Consecration

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN April 28, 2017 The United Methodist Church’s highest court has ruled that the consecration of its first openly gay bishop violated church law, compounding a bitter rift over homosexuality that has brought the 13-million-member...