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Past articles by Sarah:

How Franklin Graham pushed a domestic abuse victim to return to her husband

Graham asked whether she was cheating on her husband. “It was a good question to ask,” the evangelist said. “I would’ve asked it again.” → Read More

How Christian home-schoolers laid the groundwork for ‘parental rights’

Will Estrada was lobbying to get “parental rights” enshrined in the U.S. Constitution in 2009 when he held a breakout session on home-schooling at a conference in Mississippi. Estrada, 39, who grew up in a conservative Christian home-schooling family, believed it is parents’ fundamental right to make choices for their children. But that day, he recalled, just six people showed up — armed with… → Read More

Key takeaways from the bombshell sex abuse report by Southern Baptists

A nearly 300-page report about the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership found mishandling of sex abuse claims within the church. Here are the key findings from the full sex abuse report. → Read More

Explosive Southern Baptist sex abuse report expected to be released Sunday

Observers expect the report to include upsetting details about specific abuse cases but also shine a light on how the cases were handled by national leaders. → Read More

Jewish World War II veterans get new headstones with Stars of David

For more than seven decades, Albert Belmont was buried under a Latin cross instead of a Star of David reflecting his Jewish identity. → Read More

To fight climate despair, this Christian ecologist says science isn’t enough

Rick Lindroth wants to help people get ‘re-enchanted with the earth’ so they can have hope. → Read More

Man slain Saturday in Southeast Washington, police say

D.C. police are investigating a homicide that took place around 3 a.m. Saturday in the 1900 block of Minnesota Avenue in Southeast. When they arrived at the scene, officers found an adult male victim with apparent gunshot wounds. His identity was withheld pending next of kin notification, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department offers up to $25,000 in a reward to anyone who provides… → Read More

Late-winter storm brings snow, strong winds and disruption to D.C.

Reagan National Airport logged many canceled flights on Saturday as snow coated the Washington region. → Read More

Russia’s war on Ukraine has some Christians wondering: Is this the end of the world?

Why the Russian invasion of Ukraine holds special significance for some who watch for evidence of the end times. → Read More

Christians around the globe take up fasting for Ukraine on Ash Wednesday

Christian leaders’ attention has turned to the recent attacks from Russia on Ukraine with calls for prayers for peace. → Read More

For many immunosuppressed, churches stopped being a safe place

Some are finding their fellow parishioners and church leaders aren’t taking measures to protect them. → Read More

Archdiocese of Washington eases mask policy in some Md. Catholic schools

Starting Monday in some Maryland schools, face coverings will no longer mandated. In D.C., the archdiocese is asking city officials to make masks optional. → Read More

Wajahat Ali on the ‘American Nightmare’ and the ‘American Dream’ of being a Muslim son of immigrants

In his new book, Ali confronts a range of issues, including Islamophobia, white supremacy and chocolate hummus. → Read More

What counts as antisemitism? Biden nominee Deborah Lipstadt receives hearing on the topic.

The hearing had been delayed in part by reactions to Lipstadt's past criticism of Republicans. → Read More

Why our brain craves pattern-seeking rituals like Wordle

The brain-teasing puzzle Wordle is the latest form of pandemic-era self-soothing. → Read More

Pope Francis writes to controversial nun, thanking her for 50 years of LGBTQ ministry

More than two decades ago, Jeannine Gramick was investigated and censured by the Vatican for her work. → Read More

A billionaire and the tech industry are trying to shape LGBTQ rights in deeply Mormon Utah

Billionaire Jeff T. Green is planning to resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and give to an LGBTQ rights group. → Read More

Tarot cards are having a moment with help from pandemic

Sales of tarot decks have doubled in the past five years and tripled during the pandemic, according to one online retailer. → Read More

How Va. Gov.-elect Youngkin won more of the evangelical vote than Trump did

Youngkin’s focus on critical race theory and public education resonated with White evangelicals. → Read More

In a post-Trump world, these pastors are ditching the evangelical label for something new

More than 100 church leaders gathered recently to talk about organizing in a post-Trump world. → Read More