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Can an Employee Object to Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines on Religious Grounds?

(The Conversation) – The rollout of vaccines across the U.S. has finally given hope to many employers of a return to some form of normality. Although the program has gotten off to a faltering start, the promise that hundreds of millions of employees could soon be vaccinated could provide a lifeline to businesses that rely on face-to-face customer service, such as […]

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I Have Election Protesters & ‘Never Trumpers’ in My Pews. How Can We Move Forward Together?

(RNS) — I stepped into the pulpit on Jan. 10 feeling an extraordinary weight. Four days earlier, 11 miles from our church, some of those protesting the certification of the presidential election broke through glass, beat police with American flags, and precipitated the first incursion into the U.S. Capitol building since the War of 1812. […]

There Should Be No Pandemic Privilege for Religion

Brian Kaylor for the Missouri Independent Even before we are out of the coronavirus pandemic, Missouri’s lawmakers are considering bills that would make it more difficult to keep people safe in a future pandemic. And several bills would also upset our healthy church-state balance by carving out a special pandemic privilege for religious groups. As […]

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Jimmy Carter Taught Me How to Pray for a President

(RNS) — Three years ago, when the pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, invited me to deliver the sermon at an upcoming revival service, he confirmed quickly that former President Jimmy Carter, who attends Maranatha, would be in the room. The pastor told me, though, not to let Carter’s presence affect my sermon, […]

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The Future of the Church is Now

By Brian Kaylor for Word & Way My son walked down the hallway of our empty church with me on a Friday last month. As I picked up a package left for me, he walked over to the door to the sanctuary and peered into the darkened room. “Oh,” he sighed, “I miss going in […]

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Matthew 2:18 (in photo)

A voice is heard in Ramah,weeping and great mourning,Rachel weeping for her childrenand refusing to be comforted,because they are no more.(Matthew 2:18) Mortuary workers take off their protective clothing at the entrance of a building decorated with a Christmas tree, after removing the body of person who allegedly died of COVID-19 in Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. […]

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Remembering the Way to Healing

By Brian Kaylor for Word & Way, Jan. 20, 2021 On Tuesday evening as the nation’s COVID death toll passed 400,000, a man who knows grief too well told the nation why we needed to pause and reflect. To heal we must remember. It’s hard sometimes to remember. But that’s how we heal.  President-elect Joe […]

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Biden’s Bible Puts Him in Line with Inaugural Tradition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law. The Constitution does not require the use of a specific text for swearing-in ceremonies […]

Warnock, Pastor & Politician, has Role Models Who Did Both

(RNS) — The Rev. Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two runoff elections for U.S. Senate and might be sworn in later this week. Will he be both a pastor and a politician? Yes, says Michael Brewer, a spokesman for the minister’s campaign, “he will remain senior pastor.” Marla Frederick, professor of religion and culture […]

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