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Biden tells dueling prayer breakfasts that ‘diversity is one of our greatest strengths’

(RNS) — Speaking to a refashioned National Prayer Breakfast gathered at the Capitol with a new board and in a new location, President Joe Biden encouraged leaders of Congress to find ways to unify despite their political and religious differences.

National Prayer Breakfast breaks from ‘The Family’ with new organization

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The National Prayer Breakfast is under new management, distancing the decades-old event from the secretive organization that founded it.

Amy Grant, ‘queen of Christian pop,’ feted at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) – The Kennedy Center Honors, on its 45th occasion, recognized singer and songwriter Amy Grant, marking the first time the top cultural distinction was given to a contemporary Christian musician.

Tony and Lauren Dungy: On faith and family, football and race, winning and losing

(RNS) — Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren see the key parts of their life — football and family — as forms of ministry.

Amy Grant named Kennedy Center honoree in first for contemporary Christian music

(RNS) — Contemporary Christian musician Amy Grant has been named one of the Kennedy Center’s five honorees for 2022.

Russia jails more Jehovah’s Witnesses, prompting calls for ‘strong measures’

(RNS) — Despite a court ruling by Russian judges in October that seemed to endorse leniency for Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested after their faith was labeled “extremist,” a recent rash of sentences against members of the faith group has prompted concern among human rights advocates that the government is continuing its earlier crackdown against the denomination.

Amid COVID-19, most churches provide hybrid worship, half stopped picnics

(RNS) — Eight in 10 U.S. churches now provide hybrid services, offering options for congregants to worship either in person or online during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

Remnant of one of the oldest Black churches in U.S. unveiled in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (RNS) – Archaeologists believe they have discovered the foundation of the original building of the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Va., one of the nation's oldest Black churches.

Billy Graham’s grandson Jonathan Lotz in hospital with COVID-19

NORTH CAROLINA (RNS) — Jonathan Lotz, the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham and son of Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, has been hospitalized and is in critical condition with COVID-19.

Dwight McKissic, dozens of others receive shelter at SWBTS

FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) – Texas Pastor Dwight McKissic is known for challenging his fellow Southern Baptists about racial equity and, more recently, their denomination’s seminary leaders’ statement on race.