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Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive

(RNS) — Derwin Gray and his wife, Vicki, founded Transformation Church in Lancaster County, South Carolina, 10 years ago, with the goal of gathering a congregation that reflected the racial demographics of the public schools in the area just across the border from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Exit polls show few changes in the religious vote

(AP/RNS) – Polling predictions frustrated and mystified voters on election night, as they did four years ago, when now-President Donald Trump far exceeded the prognosticators’ expectations.

James MacDonald, Harvest Bible Chapel reach agreement

CHICAGO (AP/RNS) – The Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel has reached a multimillion-dollar agreement with its former pastor James MacDonald, who was fired last year for insulting his critics who had written unfavorably about his leadership style.

Billy Graham statue to replace that of white supremacist in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP/RNS) -- A life-sized statue of the Rev. Billy Graham will be installed in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall collection sometime next year, replacing a statue of a white supremacist that both the state of North Carolina and the U.S. House want removed.

Survey: Most Americans not comfortable going back to church

WASHINGTON (AP/RNS) -- A new study examining Americans' response to COVID-19 shows that with the exception of white evangelicals, a majority of Americans are not comfortable returning to in-person religious services. The results of the survey suggest that despite political pressure to reopen houses of worship -- from President Donald Trump as well as leading conservative Christians and religious liberty advocates -- Americans aren't quite ready to take a seat in a sanctuary.

Religious conservatives look to the next Supreme Court rulings on religious liberty

WASHINGTON (AP/RNS) -- Religious conservatives lost a culture war battle over gay and transgender rights in the workplace this week. In a 6-3 ruling Monday (June 15), the Supreme Court said the rights of gay and transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination. The ruling was a defeat to religious conservatives who wish to hold on to traditional definitions of sexuality.

As coronavirus restrictions loosen, congregations grapple with including older adults

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP/RNS) -- Each Sunday, Larry Little and his wife, Mary, get ready for church. They dress casually, fill two tumblers with water, climb into their golf cart and drive two miles to The Grove, a grassy field next to their church. There they find a parking place, turn off the engine and settle in for a live service in front of a Jumbotron and a stage.

Trained in disaster relief, N.C. Baptists now distribute food boxes

CARY, N.C. (AP/RNS) -- They're best known for their post-hurricane disaster relief efforts -- ripping up homes damaged by floodwaters and rehabilitating them from the studs. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Baptists on Mission, an auxiliary of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, is remaking itself as a food distribution network, delivering boxes of produce to people struggling to get by in a state where more than 1 million people have filed for unemployment benefits.