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NEWS STORY RNS-Religious-Artisans: ‘A burden of beauty’ : five religious artisans on finding inspiration in faith (RNS) — From sand mandalas to illuminated mahzors, from stained glass to illuminated script, artists share their creative practices from different religious traditions. By Renée Roden. 1900 words. (category: a) NEWS STORY RNS-Trump-Prayer: Trump and his religion advisers launch new national […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Religious-Artisans: ‘A burden of beauty’ : five religious artisans on finding inspiration in faith
(RNS) — From sand mandalas to illuminated mahzors, from stained glass to illuminated script, artists share their creative practices from different religious traditions. By Renée Roden. 1900 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Trump-Prayer: Trump and his religion advisers launch new national faith advisory board
WASHINGTON (RNS) — In another sign Donald Trump is eyeing a run to regain the White House, the former president and his religious advisers announced the launch of a national faith advisory board on Thursday (Sept. 2), apparently aimed at reinvigorating his conservative Christian base. By Jack Jenkins. 1,200 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Badawi-Bridges: Muslim artist Ebtehal Badawi uses art to build bridges
PITTSBURGH (RNS) — Islamophobic incidents motivated Muslim artist Ebtehal Badawi to spearhead “Pittsburgh Builds Bridges,” an art campaign that promotes religious and racial unity. By Kathryn Post. 800 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Salkin-Oped: Where do sounds go when they die?
(RNS) — My job, and the job of my fellow Jews? We have many sacred responsibilities, but this one in particular … To keep the sound of the shofar alive. This year, especially: when the background music of our lives has been so discordant, let us turn to, and rely on, the oldest musical note we know. By Jeffrey Salkin. 620 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Dahya-Oped: The real question is: Who benefits from Texas’ new abortion law?
(RNS) — Evangelicals would argue the unborn baby does. But what about the living mother? What considerations are they offering her in light of its impact? How can conservative Christians believe such abortion bans are “pro-life” when the legislators who pass them turn a blind eye to our rising maternal mortality rates, ignore the need to expand Medicare access, and aren’t exactly pushing for America to introduce a federal paid family leave policy. By Asha Dahya. 900 words. (category: k)