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Ed Rowe (from left), Rebecca Wilson, Robin Hager and Jill Zundel react to the defeat of a proposal that would have allowed LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church, at the denomination's Special Session of the General Conference in February. Sid Hastings/AP hide caption

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After Disagreements Over LGBTQ Clergy, U.S. Methodists Move Closer To Split

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Bishops In Amazon Region To Debate Whether Married Men Might Join Priesthood

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Catholics And Southern Baptists Consider How To Respond To Sex Abuse In The Church

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Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear speaks to the denomination's executive committee in February. Church leaders meet this week to discuss clergy sexual abuse cases. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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Southern Baptists To Confront Sexual Abuse And Role Of Women In The Church

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Darrell Patterson, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, says he was fired after he refused to work on Saturday. Dan Weber/Courtesy General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists hide caption

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How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars

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The Debate Grows Over What Religious Freedom Means

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Federal Commission Challenges Trump To Support Global Religious Freedom

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This year, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making the same argument Republicans have for years: that a vote based on Christian values would turn the country around. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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How Would Jesus Vote?

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives at St Peter's basilica in 2015. Benedict has stayed largely silent on the church's sex abuse scandal for the past six years. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"We're trying to build a community that puts into practice what it really means to love your neighbors," says Christopher Edmonston, White Memorial Presbyterian Church's senior pastor. Tom Gjelten/NPR hide caption

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Pastoring A Purple Church: 'I Absolutely Bite My Tongue Sometimes'

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U.S. Resettling Record Low Numbers Of Refugees

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Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory speaks during a Mass to repent clergy sexual abuse and to pray for molestation victims, in Indianapolis, in June 2017. Pope Francis has named him as the new archbishop of Washington D.C. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Pope Names New D.C. Archbishop

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Leaders from the United Methodist Church confer during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo. America's second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates voted to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. Sid Hastings/AP hide caption

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United Methodists Face Fractured Future

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Evangelicals pray during a church service in Havana, Cuba. Religious groups on the island have come out in opposition to a new constitution which will be voted on on Sunday. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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