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Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jennifer Butler

Bethany Christian Services’ decision on gay adoption makes the church shine brighter

By Jennifer Butler — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — The country’s largest evangelical Christian adoption agency abandoned a discriminatory policy that the religious right puts major capital into defending.

As political violence rises, we need peacemakers at the polls

By Jennifer Butler — October 16, 2020
(RNS) — Pastors can't take a bloodless election for granted. But people of faith have unique power to keep the peace, now and in the long term.

A call to conscience for white Christian women

By Jennifer Butler — June 1, 2020
(RNS) — As protests raged this weekend, I saw many women of color choke on tear gas, but I have to squint to see women who look like me in the crowds.

How Romney and Pelosi used their faith to resist Trump

By Emma Petty Addams — February 14, 2020
(RNS) — We can follow their example to stop supporting candidates who use faith as a means to consolidate power, influence or money.

A tale of two synagogues

By Jennifer Butler — October 31, 2018
(RNS) — The virulent anti-Semitism that led to the murder of 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue this past weekend shares eerie parallels with 1950s Atlanta.

People of faith aren’t exempt from loving their neighbor

By Jennifer Butler — October 11, 2017
(RNS) — 'We can navigate our differences and protect others while respecting religious freedom,' writes Jennifer Butler.

In the fight to preserve health care, we have to lay our bodies on the line

By Jennifer Butler — July 18, 2017
(RNS) — In the fight to ensure that more than 20 million Americans don’t lose the lifesaving care they so desperately need, people of faith have to be willing to put their bodies on the line.

To realize King’s dream, we must reject Trump’s divisive rhetoric (COMMENTARY)

By Jennifer Butler — April 4, 2016
(RNS) When we celebrate the legacy of King yet fail to embrace his struggle, we deprive ourselves of the spiritual and political revolution for which King lived and died.

Why the pope is right and Russell Moore is wrong about the death penalty (COMMENTARY)

By Jennifer Butler — March 1, 2016
(RNS) Both the Hebrew prophets and Jesus consistently challenge the ancient “eye for an eye” legal system to create room for mercy, humility, forgiveness and ultimately redemption.
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