Activists: West ignoring genocide of Middle East religious minorities

Religious freedom advocate Katrina Lantos Swett calls the crisis “perhaps the great moral challenge of our time right now.”

Religion reporter looks for Bible in public life

Kenneth A. Briggs writes about his two-year quest to investigate the Bible’s disappearance from public life and see where he could find it still.

United Methodism’s global evangelical transformation

The denomination today is an increasingly evangelical and global body of over 12 million in which Americans will soon be the minority.

United Methodist leadership recommends deferral of LGBT decisions

The recommendation concerns whether to accept LGBT clergy and allow same-sex marriage.

African Methodists worry about church that brought them Christianity

American Methodists “are now preaching a different Gospel,” says an African church leader.

Kenya Anglicans elect new archbishop

Bishop Jackson Nasoore Ole Sapit, 52, a traditionalist who has steered clear of gay issues, will be installed July 3.

India rejects U.S. religious freedom report

The report says the religious freedom of minorities in India is being violated with support from its ruling party.

Methodists to discuss LGBT issues — again

Should the church’s ban on same-sex marriage be upheld? Methodists from around the world will discuss that and other issues at their May 10-20 General Conference in Portland.

Church of Norway approves same-sex marriage

Voting 88 to 32, the church body’s Bishops Conference approves creating a liturgy for same-sex weddings.

Bible among 10 ‘most challenged’ books of 2015

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bible made the American Library Association’s list of books that have drawn complaints from the public.

Commentary: Why corporations are wrong about the Mississippi law

Big business is trying to “rebrand” religious liberty as bigotry by distorting the facts about policies supported by Americans.

Hope, frustration mark anniversary of Chibok kidnappings

It’s been two years since the abduction of nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria.

Summit hopes to ‘set free’ Christians from porn

At the sold-out Set Free Global Summit April 4-7 in Greensboro, N.C., some 900 church and ministry leaders discuss what to do about pornography.

A majority of people in Scotland have no religion

Fifty-two percent of the 5.4 million people living in Scotland have no religion, according to a recent survey.

Charismatic movement gains as Church of England sputters

For every Anglican church in England that has closed over the past six years, more than three Pentecostal or charismatic churches have taken their place.

Poll: Only 50 percent of Italians call themselves Catholic

Of the 1,500 respondents, 13 percent define themselves as Christian, and 20 percent say they are atheist.