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RNS Updated Budget — Thursday, September 9, 2021

In the decades before 9/11, “three faiths” referred to Protestants, Catholics and Jews, with rare instances of partnerships beyond those between Christians or within Judeo-Christian circles. After the terrorist attack, there was increased intentionality in widening U.S. interfaith relations to include […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Interfaith-911: 9/11 became a catalyst for interfaith relations and cooperation
(RNS) — In the decades before 9/11, “three faiths” referred to Protestants, Catholics and Jews, with rare instances of partnerships beyond those between Christians or within Judeo-Christian circles. After the terrorist attack, there was increased intentionality in widening U.S. interfaith relations to include a broader number of faith groups and discussions beyond periodic dialogues between their top leaders. By Adelle M. Banks. 1,500 words. (category: a)

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RNS-Taliban-Art: The painting behind Taliban fighters in Kabul presidential palace is worth a thousand words
(RNS) — The enormous painting depicts a mid-18th-century scene, in which a large crowd looks on as Sufi mystic Sabir Shah crowns the kneeling political and military leader Aḥmad Shah Durrānī, considered the founder of the modern Afghan state. The scene represents something of a mixed symbolic bag for the Taliban foot soldiers posed before it. By Menachem Wecker. 1,135 words. (category: a)

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RNS-Eviction-Moratorium: Religious organizations prepare for ‘potential onslaught’ of evictions
(RNS) — The Supreme Court’s Aug. 26 decision to end the federal eviction moratorium brings new challenges for religious leaders and organizations working to empower the millions who are at-risk for homelessness in the U.S. By Kathryn Post. 1,200 words (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-InChrist-Twenty: Twenty year later, ‘In Christ Alone’ still inspires millions to sing
(RNS) — Since its debut in 2001, the modern worship song “In Christ Alone” has become one of the most popular songs in Protestant churches, and launched the career of co-writer Keith Getty, an evangelist for congregational singing and modern hymns. By Bob Smietana. 1,100 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Hollywood-Himalayas: An American Jew turned Hindu holy woman tells her story
(RNS) — In September, 1996, a young graduate student at Stanford University accompanied her seeker husband on a trip to the holy city of Rishikesh in India. A vegetarian who loved Indian food, she knew nothing about India or its central religious tradition: Hinduism. She had grown up Jewish. She soon became a Hindu holy woman. In her book, “Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati tells her story. By Yonat Shimron. 1,700 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Berry-Kaur-Oped: Racial and religious profiling remains a legacy of 9/11 — one we must end
(RNS) — On this solemn anniversary, we cannot rely solely on the rhetoric of remembrance and unity. Our country must continue to heal from the trauma of 9/11, and that means grappling with the painful experiences of those of us who became targets of suspicion overnight — and were treated as such by some of our neighbors, co-workers and elected officials. Any attempt to sweep this history under the rug dishonors the memory of those we lost, whereas an earnest effort to build a better, more just society is truly the only way we can heal. By Maya Berry and Satjeet Kaur. 920 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Salkin-Oped: We had to terminate a pregnancy. It was our sacred right to do so.
(RNS) — I stand up for the reproductive freedom of women. I stand up for the power and the necessity of choice. I do so, out of a profound understanding of the difficulty of this choice. I reject anyone’s ability — outside of a tight circle of concern and care — to be part of a decision about the most intimate places of another person’s body. By Jeffrey Salkin. 1,030 words. (category: k)