“Despite frequent tokenistic calls for ‘diversity’ within the ‘movement,’ there are virtually no people of color in executive management positions in any of the major secular, atheist, or Humanist organizations.” Author and activist Sikivu Hutchinson tells RNS how a new conference is working to change that.
(RNS) “We were trying to find some kind of solution to a divisive issue that would create some space of togetherness around differences within the church. Our regret is that we caused more division instead of finding a place of more unity.”
(RNS) The potential for a robust alliance between the White House and the nation’s largest church fizzled almost from the start of Obama’s candidacy in 2007, and a relationship that started badly went downhill when he was elected.
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) If past conferences such as Women of Faith drew thousands of women to indoor stadiums for devotional Bible study, a new generation of evangelical women is looking outward and concerned with social justice.
(RNS) Dozens of Catholic leaders are protesting the decision by Catholic University of America to accept a large donation from the foundation of Charles Koch, a billionaire industrialist who is an influential supporter of libertarian-style policies that critics say run counter to church teaching and to explicit declarations by Pope Francis.
You may be asking yourself: What on earth is a ‘faitheist’? It’s been years since I first heard the term “faitheist”—a pejorative used by some atheists to describe other nontheists who seem too accommodating of religion. As an atheist and an interfaith activist, I decided that I liked the word enough to embrace it. I used the word as the title for my first book, a memoir calling for conversation and cooperation between atheists and people of faith. In reclaiming the word, I understand it to mean that I am an atheist in pursuit of common ground with the religious.
BALTIMORE (RNS) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz’ wide-angle lens directly reflects Francis’ own approach.
“One of the major challenges is what, really, our Holy Father has said over and over again: How can we warm hearts and heal wounds?”
(RNS) The Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett replaces Miguel Diaz, a theologian, and he gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poor a priority.