Heather Adams is an author at Religion News Service.
The ‘Philadelphia 11’ who shattered the stained-glass ceiling: 40 years later, where are they now?
WASHINGTON (RNS) Forty years ago this week, 11 women broke rank and were ordained as the first female priests in the Episcopal Church. Find out here what became of the “Philadelphia Eleven.”
Sufi Muslims push designer Roberto Cavalli to pull an offensive logo
(RNS) Ten years after designer Roberto Cavalli received harsh criticism for putting Hindu gods on an underwear and swimsuit line, he is at it again. This time the backlash is for the use of a Sufi school’s sacred symbol on the “Just Cavalli” clothing line.
Update: Urban Outfitters pulls Lord Ganesh duvet cover after Hindus protest
(RNS) “Though Lord Ganesha merchandise is popular within the market we understand the sensitivities certain items may carry,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
Move over, smiley face: New religious emojis on the way
(RNS) Religious emojis are on the rise. A new batch will be part of Unicode’s upcoming release.
Religious leaders petition Congress to support immigrant children
(RNS) At a teleconference Thursday (July 10), faith leaders asked Congress for emergency funds to help children who have entered the United States without lawful immigration papers and without a parent or guardian.
Urban Outfitters’ Lord Ganesh duvet cover upsets Hindus
(RNS) Critics say the retailer should pull the item, which they consider insensitive to their faith.
Gay groups pull support for anti-discrimination bill over religious exemption
WASHINGTON (RNS) The American Civil Liberties Union and four gay rights groups said they can no longer support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case over contraception coverage, which allowed some businesses to claim a religious exemption in following federal law.
Football player Israel Idonije tackles expanding his Communion business
(RNS) Human hands never touch Blessed Communion’s product until the consumer opens it like a small medicine cup with a pull-tab, almost eliminating the risk of contamination.
Thousands rally at U.S. Capitol against gay marriage
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faced with a string of losses in the court and a rapid shift in public opinion in favor of gay marriage, planners of Thursday’s traditional marriage rally aimed to show lawmakers — and especially courts — that they will not give up without a fight.
Facing uphill battle, gay marriage opponents to rally in Washington
WASHINGTON (RNS) Speakers include two former Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, as well as San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Catholic bishops’ point man against same-sex marriage.
PHOTOS: Groups rally for Meriam Ibrahim at White House
Protestors led by the Family Research Council rallied outside the White House in support of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman in Sudan who was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian.
Pope Francis, cats and no kids: The Twitterverse responds
(RNS) When Pope Francis warned married couples not to substitute pets and vacation homes for children, was that a slap against childless couples? Some people thought so.
Catholic bishops push (again) on immigration reform
WASHINGTON (RNS) Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., said bishops wanted to tell some of the stories from a border Mass to humanize the immigration debate because “when there’s a faceless person, it’s easy to reject or ignore or put aside that person.”
In Missouri, Oak Scouts offers an alternative to the Boy Scouts
(RNS) As the Boy Scouts of America gets ready to admit gay youth, one Missouri organization has already broken away. Oak Scouts is designed to be a safe space for everyone, regardless of faith or sexual orientation.