Ricketts Says Nebraska Schools Should Consider Allowing ‘Religious Accommodations’ | Policy

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts expressed support for allowing more faith-based practices in Nebraska schools at an event Wednesday celebrating Religious Freedom Week. Ricketts’ comments came in response to a question about a tweet from Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen, a University of Nebraska regent and Columbus pork producer. Ricketts, who cannot run for re-election … Read more

#ChurchToo revelations multiply, years after the start of the movement | Health and fitness

By PETER SMITH and HOLLY MEYER – Associated Press A scathing report on sexual abuse and cover-up within the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States A viral video in which a woman confronts her pastor at an Independent Christian for sexually attacking her when she was a teenager. A television … Read more

New vaccine could be an option for troops with religious concerns | Health and fitness

By LOLITA C. BALDOR – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A COVID-19 vaccine that may soon gain federal approval could offer the U.S. military a boost: An opportunity to vaccinate some of the thousands of service members who have refused other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons. At least 175 active duty and reserve service members … Read more

Clergy of Color Face Unprecedented Mental Health Challenges | Health and fitness

By DEEPA BHARATH of The Associated Press and ADELLE BANKS of Religion News Service – Associated Press About two years ago, when coronavirus cases began to peak in her impoverished neighborhood of San Antonio, Reverend Norma Fuentes-Quintero found herself taking on an additional task: helping worshipers cope with anxiety. . The pastor, who leads the … Read more

Campus Ministries and Counselors Join in Fight Against Mental Health | Health and fitness

By GIOVANNA DELL’ORTO of The Associated Press and KATHRYN POST of Religion News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As student anxiety soars, campus ministries are trying to help not only by providing the comforts of faith and community, but also by creating collaborations with health professionals. mental health. On Ivy League campuses, major public … Read more

Families, doctors contest Alabama transgender treatment ban | Health and Fitness

Families, doctors contest Alabama transgender treatment ban |  Health and Fitness

By KIM CHANDLER – Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Families with transgender teens sued the state of Alabama in federal court on Monday to overturn a law that makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans youth under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity. The two lawsuits—one … Read more