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We must commemorate Jan. 6. A national fast is the best way to do so.

By Joshua Hammerman — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — Fasts have fallen from favor, but Jan. 6 deserves one. Our blemished Capitol and our sullied democracy still need that moment of cleansing and rededication.
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They returned to synagogue. Now what?

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — What we do not know yet is simply this: When they can come back to live, in-person worship, will they?

Two evangelical seminaries sue to block vaccine mandates, citing religious freedom

By Bob Smietana — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said he has encouraged people to get vaccinated but opposes mandates.

United Methodist leaders on both sides need to rally the troops for schism

By Jacob Lupfer — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — Most laity and many clergy are not nearly so invested in moving the Methodist divorce along as those at the extremes. 

I’m lighting a candle for #ClimateVigil on Nov. 6. You can, too.

By Kyle Meyaard-Schaap — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — Hopelessness in the face of overwhelming climate catastrophes is natural. Yet, the Christian faith is one of resurrection, not resignation.

Why Jewish ritual slaughter bans are unnecessary — and harmful to Jewish life

By Avi Shafran — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — Greece’s interference with ritual butchering methods could decimate its already small Jewish population.

Illinois court rules in favor of Catholic nurse who lost job over abortion objections

By Bob Smietana — November 2, 2021
(RNS) — Sandra Rojas, a Catholic nurse, objected when she was moved from pediatrics to a role that included delivering birth control and making abortion referrals.

Christian radio host gets 3 life prison terms for bilking listeners

By Associated Press — November 2, 2021
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — 'Doc Gallagher is one of the worst offenders I have seen,' said Lori Varnell, chief of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Elder Financial Fraud team.

Faith groups increasingly join fight against climate change

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — November 2, 2021
POINTE-AUX-CHENES, Louisiana (AP) — On a boat ride along a bayou that shares the name of his Native American tribe, Donald Dardar points to a cross marking his ancestors’ south Louisiana burial ground — a place he fears will disappear. He points to the partly submerged stumps of oak trees killed by salt water on […]

A new generation of Muslim American media puts women in focus

By Joseph Hammond — November 1, 2021
(RNS) — 'I think today there is a shift in the media industry writ large with more and more women going into the profession,' said the editor in chief of American Muslim Today. 'That is being reflected in the Muslim community.'

Supreme Court won’t hear case involving transgender rights

By Associated Press — November 1, 2021
The high court turned away the case Monday without comment, as is typical. Three conservative justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch — said they would have heard the case.

Coach Mark Richt in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — Former college football coach Mark Richt talks with Maina Mwaura about his Parkinson’s diagnosis; his new book, ‘Make the Call’; and how his faith has shaped his decisions on and off the field.

Amazon algorithm recommends Bible-emblazoned spanking paddle

By Bob Smietana — October 25, 2021
(RNS) — Online retailing giant Amazon.com has run into problems in the past because of controversial religious products.
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