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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

Willow Creek offers lessons in accountability

August 7, 2018

(RNS) — You can have all the clever innovations, seeker-friendly methods and oversight structures in the world, but trouble will catch up with you if you’re afraid to hold a leader accountable.

Shane Claiborne: Christians are why the death penalty lives on

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

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

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.

Democrats for Life of America gather ’round a message: ‘We want our party back’

July 19, 2018

(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.

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