RNS-Afghan-Evacuee: Evacuees, faith-based groups worry about Afghans left behind after US airlift ends
(RNS) — Faith-based refugee resettlement agencies are helping people like Mustafa and their families to settle into their new homes in the U.S. and advocating for those left behind. By Emily McFarlan Miller. 1,440 words. (category: a)
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. 1,900 words. (category: a)
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)
RNS-Badawi-Bridges: ‘I never thought it would be a campaign’: Muslim artist’s work builds bridges in Pittsburgh
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)
RNS-Reese-Oped: Six suggestions for the Catholic bishops’ document on the Eucharist
(RNS) — What started as a document on Communion and politicians morphed into a more general document on the Eucharist that the U.S. bishops will consider at the November 15-18 meeting. The document could be very helpful if they do it right. The chances are slim. But, what should the bishops say in their document on the Eucharist? By Thomas Reese. 1,307 words. (category: k)
RNS-Patel-Oped: Another 9/11 anniversary recalls a different model for how faith can change us
(RNS) — Al-Qaida and the Taliban showed us that faith can be a bomb of destruction. Islamophobes in the United States showed that faith can be a barrier of division. But in our post-9/11/2001 world, we can see patterns that are more in line with a vision of faith as a bridge of cooperation. By Eboo Patel. 725 words. (category: k)
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)
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)