Monique Parsons

Monique Parsons is an author at Religion News Service.

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On hit shows ‘Ramy’ and ‘Mo,’ Azhar Usman adds nuance about Islam (and joy) to Hollywood

By Monique Parsons and Silma Suba — October 4, 2022
(Interfaith America) — A few recent hits for Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus are shifting Hollywood's narrative about American Muslims. They also have another thing in common: Azhar Usman.

Texans plan interfaith protest at Friday’s NRA convention in Houston

By Monique Parsons — May 26, 2022
(Interfaith America) — The protest, the organizers said, is meant to send a message to politicians who receive donations and support from the gun rights group.

A divinity school steps up to fight the HIV epidemic in the South

By Monique Parsons — February 7, 2022
(Interfaith America) — Wake Forest University School of Divinity in North Carolina is host to the Gilead COMPASS Faith Coordinating Center, part of a $100 million, multi-pronged effort to bring down HIV infection rates and destigmatize the disease.

What’s on America’s Thanksgiving menu? Start with religious diversity.

By Monique Parsons — November 25, 2021
(RNS) — This year, invite your guests to share the stories of their diverse faiths.

As vaccine mandates spread, employers and colleges seek advice on religious exemptions 

By Monique Parsons — August 9, 2021
(Interfaith America) — Secular and faith-based institutions alike are balancing religious protections against community health and safety, as well as the deep political divide.

‘God would not have brought you this far to kick you to the curb now’

By Monique Parsons — May 22, 2020
For Andi and Al Tauber, life among refugees and men living on the street is filled with music, kindness, and a lot of experience with "the God of compost."

How two Mennonite musicians turn street ministry into a song

By Monique Parsons — May 22, 2020
(RNS) — Mennonite musicians Andi and Al Tauber bring kindness, music and love to their work with refugees and male sex workers.

Chicago is ground zero in U.S. Muslim renaissance

By Monique Parsons — February 5, 2013
CHICAGO (RNS) At the corner of West 63rd Street and South Fairfield, there are all the predictable signs of decline: vacant businesses, empty lots, spikes in violence. But this nondescript intersection is also the site of a renaissance in American Islam, where new Muslim institutions are emerging at an unprecedented rate.
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