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When it comes to orphan care, few resources are available among progressive churches. Your church can start to turn that around by observing Orphan Sunday in November. […] Read More

The Christmas season is filled with beautiful pictures of love, grace, peace and hope. I especially love seeing all the nativities on display. What could be more beautiful than a mother holding her newborn? As I reflect on the Christmas Scriptures, I’m reminded that things aren’t always as they seem. I’m moved this year by […] Read More

Not many husbands get to tell their wives, “Guess what? We’re having a baby!” On Jan. 13, 1998, I had that privilege. Gayla and I had been approved to adopt a child a few months before. We had survived the stress of social workers inspecting our house to make sure it was kid-friendly. We had […] Read More

A series of “provocative conversations” will be held at Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, during late May and June. Local leaders will speak to the congregation and community members about human trafficking, racism, foster care and the future of education in order to raise awareness of how each issue impacts their city and […] Read More

If there were such a thing as the First Family of Corrections in the state of Virginia, we surely found it when producing “Through the Door,”’s new documentary on faith and prisons. The Myers family – dad J.L., mom Reba, son Randy and daughter Jo – stand as a reminder that ordinary people lead […] Read More

A recent Barna Group survey found that 5 percent of practicing U.S. Christians – compared to 2 percent of all U.S. adults – have adopted children. When asked if they had seriously considered adopting, 38 percent of practicing Christians and 26 percent of all adults responded affirmatively. Barna also found that 3 percent of practicing […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on January 13, 2013. Luke 3:15-17, 21-22; Act 8:14-17 What a joy and privilege for us today to witness the baptism of Li Ming!  I’m struck by the timing since it was only a week before Christmas that I had the opportunity to […] Read More

(RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption and foster care services with Catholic Charities, saying the church-run agency has no “recognized legal right” to a state contract. Circuit Judge John Schmidt ruled Thursday (Aug. 18) that state officials can cancel contracts with Catholic Charities after church officials said they could […] Read More

(RNS) Next to lists of emergency phone numbers tacked to the inside door of her kitchen cabinets, Jennifer Grant has posted prayers to remind her that parenthood is both a labor of love and a sacred calling. Inside the cupboard with the cereal bowls is a prayer from page 829 of the Book of Common […] Read More

LONDON (RNS) A Roman Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples based on religious principles. The agency, Catholic Care, saw its battle to limit its adoption services to heterosexual-only parents collapse in a ruling Thursday (August 19) by the powerful […] Read More