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Jonathan Woodward

Jonathan Woodward is an author at Religion News Service.

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RNS Morning Report: Lived Religion Project; Candidate Mark Charles; Interfaith School in India

By Jonathan Woodward — September 12, 2019
Researchers at St. Louis University are studying religious life in the St. Louis area. Photo by Daniel Schwen/Creative Commons      

RNS Morning Report: Islamophobia Exhibition; Jarrid Wilson Dies; Va. Seminary Reparations Fund

By Jonathan Woodward — September 11, 2019
Image courtesy of Justice for Muslims Collective      

RNS Morning Report: Pope Francis in Madagascar; Hope Haven Community; Cookie Wedding Tradition

By Jonathan Woodward — September 10, 2019
Pope Francis, background center, is cheered by a crowd of faithful as he arrives with the popemobile to celebrate Mass in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Sept. 8, 2019. Francis was in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)      

RNS Morning Report: LA Archbishop Calls for Reform; Secular Student Alliance; Parmjit Singh’s Death

By Jonathan Woodward — September 9, 2019
Lily Nguyen-Ellis, 52, arrive at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, with other pilgrims who walked 60 miles over three days from Orange County for a Mass for immigrants on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina      

Debate prep 2020: RNS’ Jack Jenkins on faith and politics

By jonathan.woodward — September 8, 2019
The third round of Democratic party debates shrinks the field of candidates down to ten. To break down the influence of faith and religion on the debates, the Belief team this week speaks with RNS reporter Jack Jenkins about what voters of faith are seeking in their candidates, and what candidates are trying to say […]

RNS Morning Report: Watchlist Ruled Unconstitutional; Mauna Kea Protest; Mass for Immigrants

By Jonathan Woodward — September 6, 2019
FBI Police vehicles. Photo by André Gustavo Stumpf/Creative Commons        

RNS Morning Report: Report on Muslim Coverage; Tullian Tchividjian; Ukrainian Greek Catholic Synod

By Jonathan Woodward — September 5, 2019
Muslim pilgrims pray on the Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain, or the mountain of forgiveness, at Arafat for the annual hajj pilgrimage outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims make the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam […]

RNS Morning Report: Muslim Refugee at Harvard; Pope Francis’ Africa Visit; Catholic Social Teaching

By Jonathan Woodward — September 4, 2019
Ismail Ajjawi. Photo courtesy of United Nations Relief and Works Agency via YouTube      

Introducing RNS’ new national reporter, Alejandra Molina

By jonathan.woodward — September 1, 2019
A new national reporter, Alejandra Molina, is joining the newsroom at RNS. Molina will be reporting on Latinx religion in the U.S. and will be based in Los Angeles.  Molina most recently served as Journalist in Residence at the University of Southern California and as Equitable Cities Fellow at Next City. In 2018, she was […]

RNS Morning Report: Dinner Church Movement; Pete Buttigieg & Faith; LA Sheriff’s Department Lawsuit

By Jonathan Woodward — August 30, 2019
Pastor Tim Kim (center), members and guests of Root & Branch Church gather for a “dinner church” service Aug. 25, 2019, in Palmer Square Park in Chicago. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller      

RNS Morning Report: Amazon Fires; Nuclear Protestors’ Defense Denied; Rev. Lenny Duncan’s New Book

By Jonathan Woodward — August 29, 2019
Fire consumes an area in Altamira, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Brazil insisted on Tuesday that it would set conditions for accepting any aid from the world’s richest nations to help fight Amazon fires, saying France couldn’t protect the Notre Dame Cathedral from fire devastation and should focus on its own problems. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) […]

RNS Morning Report: North Star Church of the Arts; Death Penalty Sought; Hong Kong Protests

By Jonathan Woodward — August 28, 2019
North Star Church of the Arts opened its doors in January 2019, in Durham, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron      

RNS Morning Report: Interfaith Pledge at Lindau; Wade Clark Roof Dies; Frank Pomeroy Runs for Office

By Jonathan Woodward — August 27, 2019
Religions for Peace participants process through Lindau, Germany, to dedicate the Ring for Peace sculpture on Aug. 21, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks      

RNS Morning Report: Calls to Address Poverty; Interfaith Welcome in Lindau; Vendley Reflects on Work

By Jonathan Woodward — August 26, 2019
Democratic National Committee members join hands as Rev. Dr. William Barber II speaks Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)      

RNS Morning Report: Politics of the Messiah; Sister Jean Turns 100; Religions for Peace Elections

By Jonathan Woodward — August 23, 2019
President Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)      
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