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Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

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Texas faith leaders condemn new election bills as Jim Crow dressed up in a ‘tuxedo’

April 8, 2021

(RNS) — Faith leaders in Texas are accusing Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republicans of using ‘election integrity’ as an excuse to enact restrictive laws that target voters of color.

AME church delays boycott of Georgia companies, plans protest at Masters Tournament

April 7, 2021

(RNS) — The faith leaders say they will wait at least until an AME bishop meets with the heads of several companies next week.

Faith-based agencies invite volunteers, donations as they care for children at border

April 2, 2021

(RNS) — Some struggle to cobble together resources decimated under the policies of former President Donald Trump’s administration.

AME church to boycott Coca-Cola, other companies unless they do more to fight Georgia election law

April 2, 2021

(RNS) — Other Black Christian groups are also planning to join the effort to force major companies to fight voting restrictions nationwide.

Catholic leaders join LGBTQ group to condemn discrimination against transgender people

March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘It is our Catholic duty to affirm the dignity of transgender people and to defend them from harm,’ the statement reads.

Georgia faith leaders to leave water bottles around Capitol in protest of new voter laws

March 30, 2021

(RNS) — Faith leaders also joined in a lawsuit charging that provisions of Georgia’s new law are unconstitutional and violate the Voting Rights Act.

Charlie Kirk’s group plans new ‘America first’ education curricula

March 29, 2021

(RNS) — The conservative group says it hopes to ‘transform the way our young people perceive freedom, government, and free enterprise.’

Faith groups celebrate Virginia’s death penalty ban

March 25, 2021

(RNS) — Some faith leaders are now hoping the Biden administration will follow suit.

Churches stepping up as COVID-19 vaccine sites across the Washington metropolitan area

March 22, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We’ve seen several people come out and sign up for this initiative because of it being located at the church,’ said a D.C. health department spokesperson.

Catholic advocacy group Network taps Georgetown professor Mary Novak as new leader

March 22, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Novak brings a background in advocacy and legal work, including campaigns against the death penalty.

Charlie Kirk out at Liberty University’s Falkirk Center

March 17, 2021

(RNS) — Kirk already has plans to start a new group known as Turning Point Faith.

As Equality Act hearing begins, faith leaders meet with Sen. Coons to voice support

March 17, 2021

(RNS) — Wednesday’s hearing is the furthest the legislation, versions of which have been floating around Capitol Hill since the 1970s, has gotten in the legislative process.

Jesuits pledge $100 million for descendants of people their order enslaved

March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The initiative also has a longer-term goal of raising $1 billion.

House chaplain criticizes lawmakers in prayer for ‘failing’ to unite around pandemic relief

March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The House did, in fact, vote to approve the pandemic relief bill Wednesday afternoon. But division appeared to remain: The final vote tally fell almost entirely along partisan lines.

Scholar and Biden adviser Jon Meacham joins National Cathedral as canon historian

March 10, 2021

(RNS) — Meacham is the first leader appointed to the cathedral’s planned College of Faith & Culture.

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