(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes a hunger strike in Belgium, tension before the Southern Baptist Convention meeting and more.
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Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, speaks during services in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, June 6, 2021. In December 2020, McKissic was one of the co-signers of a statement by a multiethnic group of Southern Baptists asserting that systemic racial injustice is a reality. “Some recent events have left many brothers and sisters of color feeling betrayed and wondering if the SBC is committed to racial reconciliation,” the statement said. The SBC annual meeting takes place next week in Nashville. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Visitors take pictures with blooming hydrangea flowers at Meigetsu-in Buddhist temple, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Kamakura, Japan, south of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church of Central City, Louisiana, waits outside the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on June 7, 2021. Spell, who flouted coronavirus restrictions last year, prepared Monday to ask the court to revive his lawsuit challenging the restrictions. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Muslim worshippers on hunger strike pray as they occupy the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Beguinage church in Brussels, Monday, June 7, 2021. Dozens of migrants without official papers who have been occupying the church since last February with permission of the priest, began a hunger strike on May 23, 2021, to draw the attention of Brussels authorities to their plight. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A Red Cross health worker attends a man on hunger strike as he occupies the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Beguinage church in Brussels, Monday, June 7, 2021. Dozens of migrants without official papers who have been occupying the church since last February with permission of the priest, began a hunger strike on May 23, 2021, to draw the attention of Brussels authorities to their plight. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Khalida Ashram and her daughter Anila mourn at the scene of an attack on Monday, involving a driver accused of plowing a pickup truck into an immigrant family of five in London, Ontario, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced the attack as police say the attack targeted Muslims. (Geoff Robins/The Canadian Press via AP)
People walk in front of Parthenon temple during a media tour for foreign correspondents organized by the Greek Cultural Ministry at the Acropolis hill in Athens, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Following last year’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, tourism-reliant Greece is hoping to see a significant uptick in tourist arrivals this summer, and has expanded its list of nationalities allowed in for non-essential travel to include 23 countries — among them the U.S., the U.K. and China – as well as members of the European Union and the Schengen passport-free travel zone. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Family members pray during the burial of their relative at a section of Srengseng Sawah Cemetery reserved for those who died of COVID-19, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The world’s fourth-most populous country, with about 275 million people, has reported more coronavirus cases than any other Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A hiker explores Deir Qalaa, “Monastery of the Castle,” the remains of a Byzantine monastery near the Jewish settlement of Peduel and the Palestinian village of Deir Balout, west of the West Bank city of Salfit, Friday, June. 11, 2021. A growing number of Palestinians are taking up hiking, which offers a way to explore the countryside and historical landmarks in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
The beginning of the Corpus Christi Procession at St. Anthony Church in St. Louis, Missouri, June 7, 2021. The 140-year-old traditional procession is led by a band. Photo by Barb Gilman
Senator Daniel P. Moynihan addresses delegates to the American Jewish Congress national biennial convention in Washington in May 1980. In a sobering speech, Moynihan warned that “the shift of military power away from the U.S. and toward the Soviet Union” is taking a heavy toll on American diplomacy, requiring “painful and expensive approaches” to check Soviet expansionism in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.” He declared, “It is clear that in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the Administration began to look to a resolution of the Palestinian issue manifestly tilted against Israel, as a means of bolstering the American position in the region. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Fascinated kids gaze on as a truckload of Christmas gifts, given by the school children of Delaware County, New York, as a gesture of friendship and goodwill to the children of other nations, and to be sent overseas through the World Friendship Among Children Committee, is received by Reverend Herbert C. Lytle Jr., left, administrative secretary of Church World Service from George Taylor, right, president of the Board of Education of Stamford, New York, during ceremonies held in New York City, October 13, 1948 .RNS archive photo by Lou Pentler. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.