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Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

All Stories by Adelle M. Banks

Orthodox church in the Hamptons calls people with autism ‘part of our community’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 26, 2022
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (RNS) — US Autism Homes provides an extended circle of friends through a private-public partnership involving the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons.

March for Martyrs plans DC rally with Enes Freedom to focus on religious persecution

By Adelle M. Banks — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — Including a speaker with Freedom’s religious background sends a message about the need to build bridges between Christians and Muslims, said organizer Gia Chacón.

Biden includes faith leaders in summit’s charge to ‘rise together against hate’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — In the audience were survivors and family members of those lost to violence at houses of worship and other scenes of hate crimes.

Let’s Talk, a new racial unity initiative, takes evangelical leaders on tour of Black history

By Adelle M. Banks — September 15, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Most people did not realize the economic impact slavery had on the founding of the United States of America,’ said Let’s Talk founder.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton talk faith, marriage as ‘Gutsy’ series premieres

By Adelle M. Banks — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Though the series is by no means faith-centric, elements of religion and spirituality are sprinkled throughout it.

Jehovah’s Witnesses return to door knocking ‘like getting back on a bicycle’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — When people are less open to them, they focus more on those who take a tract, read a brochure or enroll in a Bible study program.

#PandemicPastoring report documents a ‘new era in ministry’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — September 1, 2022
(RNS) — As the COVID-19 pandemic stretched from that first spring into summer, researcher Eileen Campbell-Reed said, she realized its impact on ministry wasn’t going to be short-lived.

Texas judge blocks HHS enforcement of emergency room abortions, cites religious objections

By Adelle M. Banks — August 24, 2022
(RNS) — The judge said the guidance’s lack of exceptions for health care providers ‘with genuinely held religious objections to abortions’ may run afoul of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Jehovah’s Witnesses to return to door knocking, a sign of new COVID-19 stage

By Adelle M. Banks — August 22, 2022
(RNS) — Door knocking has not only been a physical mainstay for Jehovah’s Witnesses but an ideal they have fought for in courtrooms.

TobyMac: On ‘Life After Death,’ managing grief and collaborating with DC Talk

By Adelle M. Banks — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — His preferred lyrics on the 'Life After Death' album, released Aug. 19, are ones performed with his musical team members from DC Talk.

In latest ‘gOD-Talk’ discussion, Black millennials discuss hip-hop and faith

By Adelle M. Banks — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'As a very powerful spiritual and musical modality, hip-hop raises serious questions regarding the holy and the profane,' said museum curator Eric Williams.

Imam Mohamed Magid appointed to international religious freedom commission

By Adelle M. Banks — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — The former president of the Islamic Society of North America and current co-president of Religions for Peace has played a key role in numerous declarations and dialogues.

Progressive National Baptists, AFL-CIO reunite for midterms voter initiative

By Adelle M. Banks — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We want to make that connection between the two and we want these two entities to feel comfortable again as they did in the ’60s,’ a Baptist leader said.

Tony and Lauren Dungy: On faith and family, football and race, winning and losing

By Adelle M. Banks — August 8, 2022
(RNS) — 'I think the world looks at us in our times of disappointment much more so than they look at us in our times of triumph,' said Tony Dungy.

8 over 80: At 92, John Perkins still mobilizes Christian communities

By Adelle M. Banks — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Justice is an economic issue,’ Perkins said in the interview. ‘It’s the management and stewardship of God’s resources on the Earth.’
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