Transgender clergy now serve openly in several mainline and progressive Christian denominations.
Self-identified "Christian agnostic" Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating a same-sex wedding and reinstated on a technicality, remains in defiance of the UMC Book of Discipline.
The recent, racially-motivated massacre of a bible study group in a historic African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston has sparked grief, shock, rage, and an almost-unbelievable and moving expression of forgiveness from the victims' families.
This week Nebraska's legislature overrode its governor's veto of a bill to end the death penalty in Nebraska. Nebraska is the nineteenth US state to ban the death penalty.