G. Jeffrey MacDonald
G. Jeffrey MacDonald is an award-winning reporter and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
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Brandeis University stands by caste-bias ban despite pushback from Hindu activists
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — October 19, 2020
(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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — July 24, 2020
(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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — May 7, 2020
(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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — April 12, 2019
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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — January 23, 2019
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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 28, 2018
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.
Buddhist nun shares art of eating mindfully
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 24, 2018
(RNS) — In her book, Thubten Chodron teaches the Five Contemplations, which are aimed at fostering mindful eating. They're short verses designed to inspire reflections.
Nepal bans Hindu practice of exile during menstruation
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 23, 2018
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.
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 17, 2018
(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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 15, 2018
(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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 6, 2018
(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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 2, 2018
(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
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — July 24, 2018
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.
Controversial law cements Israel’s status as a Jewish state
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — July 19, 2018
JERUSALEM (RNS) — First introduced in 2011 and amended many times before being approved, the law passed early Thursday by the Knesset explicitly defines Israel as the 'national home of the Jewish people.'
King of Jordan wins Templeton Prize for fostering Muslim cooperation
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — June 27, 2018
(RNS) — King Abdullah II of Jordan has won the 2018 Templeton Prize for promoting interreligious dialogue and cooperation between Muslims of differing traditions. He is the second Muslim to win the prize, joining laureates such as Mother Teresa, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Billy Graham, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
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