G. Jeffrey MacDonald is an award-winning reporter and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
Brandeis University stands by caste-bias ban despite pushback from Hindu activists
(RNS) — A year-old ban against caste bias, says the Hindu American Foundation, is a ‘deeply problematic’ remedy for a largely nonexistent problem.
Schools may not open to students this fall, but churches might — for remote learning
(RNS) — Churches that have space and ample Wi-Fi may turn their buildings into remote learning sites for students whose schools aren’t open in person.
How a part-time pastor can keep a financially strapped church alive
(RNS) — Despite fears that losing full-time clergy will lead to further decline, going part time can mean more vitality, not less.
Lion of Judah church straddles Boston’s two worlds
BOSTON (RNS) — For the last 30 years, Ivy League-educated Pentecostal pastor Roberto Miranda has been fighting Boston’s demons as leader of Congregación Leon de Juda.
Does God care if you smoke weed? Many Bay State faith groups say yeah, man
BOSTON (RNS) — For many people of faith in the Bay State, legalization hasn’t burned away the moral issues that come with using drugs for fun.
Catholic schools struggle to accommodate disabilities
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) — Disability practices aren’t uniform across Catholic schools, and families wanting a Catholic education for their disabled children face tough choices.
Nepal bans Hindu practice of exile during menstruation
KATHMANDU, Nepal (RNS) — Placing menstruating girls and women in sheds or huts is a centuries-old tradition called chhaupadi, practiced throughout the Hindu-majority country. But on Aug. 17, it became an offense.
We’ve forgotten how to mend. Faith traditions can help.
(RNS) — When things fall apart, like when religious leaders enter areas of sexual sin or when men abuse their power to victimize women, we are not so good at repairing relationships. In fact, we are at a loss for how to begin.
Dodging dangers, mission groups weigh risks and rewards
(RNS) — This year’s many pitfalls, from fuel price riots in Haiti to violent unrest in Nicaragua, have forced a fresh reckoning with thorny questions: How much risk is too much?
Shane Claiborne: Christians are why the death penalty lives on
(RNS) — Wherever Christians are most concentrated in America is where the death penalty has flourished.
United Methodists debate, lobby and worry in advance of LGBT decision
(RNS) — The United Methodist Church’s decade-long debate over LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage is heading for a showdown in February that will determine whether the denomination will split up or go forward together.
Eritrean Christians released from shipping container prisons
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – For the last two decades, Eritrean authorities have persecuted religious groups, frequently arresting church leaders and detaining them in small shipping container prisons where advocates say they’re routinely deprived of water, food, proper sanitation and medicines.
Democrats for Life of America gather ’round a message: ‘We want our party back’
(RNS) — Anyone who proclaims a consistent life ethic by opposing war, capital punishment and abortion while affirming migration, health care and social spending is going to be politically homeless in America.