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Elizabeth E. Evans

Elizabeth E. Evans is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Elizabeth E. Evans

How Philadelphia’s reform DA is teaming with clergy to tackle rising gun violence

By Elizabeth E. Evans — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy and activists are looking to address the long-term problems that they believe drive the crisis, and they are urging faith leaders to mobilize their flocks in addressing them.

Catholic schools’ push for in-person learning counters record enrollment drop

By Elizabeth E. Evans — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — While public school districts debate in-person learning, many elementary Catholic schools opened their doors in fall of 2020 and have stayed open. 

Funeral directors survive ‘surreal’ year with creativity and faith

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 4, 2021
(RNS) — With safety precautions changing the way people mourn, as well as the sheer volume of COVID-19 deaths, the men and women who sometimes wryly call themselves ‘last responders’ have had a year like no other.

COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning

By Elizabeth E. Evans — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — In recent years, gleaning has made a comeback as a solution to the problems of persistent hunger and the lack of fresh produce options.

Nuns’ advice on coping with pandemic: Eat, pray for Dr. Fauci, love your neighbor

By Elizabeth E. Evans — August 11, 2020
(Global Sisters Report) — Like the rest of us, Catholic nuns are stuck at home and missing sports, but are keeping busy with prayers, baking and friends.

Amish farmers have a ‘complicated relationship’ with nature, are skeptical of climate change

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 14, 2020
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) — Amish farmers may embrace a simple, back to the earth lifestyle, but they may not embrace the ‘creation care’ theology of Christian environmentalists.

The complex role of faith in the women’s suffrage movement

By Elizabeth E. Evans — June 4, 2019
(RNS) — Faith played a complicated role in the fight for women's suffrage. Some activists said their faith inspired them to fight for the vote. Opponents said suffrage was against God's will.

The couple that cheers together stays together

By Elizabeth E. Evans — September 25, 2018
(RNS) — As religious attachments have waned as a determinant of whom Americans choose to pair with, fandom and team loyalty have taken the place for some, according to a recent online poll.

Funeral director Caleb Wilde posts irreverent thoughts on death

By Elizabeth E. Evans — March 13, 2014
(RNS) Caleb Wilde is an undertaker with a media presence tailor-made for the age of disclosure.

Mountain States Mennonites take step toward gay ordination

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 3, 2014
(RNS) On Sunday (Feb. 2), a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination.

Entrepreneur sees hope for clean water on Wal-Mart shelves

By Elizabeth E. Evans — June 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Former youth pastor T.J. Foltz has a vision to provide clean drinking water to the world's poor. Now, after winning a competition to get his "Humankind Water" on the shelves of Wal-Mart, he might just be able to make it happen. By Elizabeth Evans.

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