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Renée Roden

Renée Roden is an author at Religion News Service.

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Four historic African American churches receive preservation grant

By Renée Roden — July 15, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The four churches represent the through line of the role of the Black church in the Black community,’ said Brent Leggs, founding executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Three of the most mistranslated words in Scripture — according to TikTokers

By Renée Roden — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — Explaining the nitty-gritty details of ancient Greek and Hebrew may not seem like viral content, but on TikTok, it’s algorithm fire.

JewBelong goes digital — and hot pink — in campaign to sound alarm on antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron and Renée Roden — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — Seven such billboards have been flashing at Times Square for more than a month. Beginning this week, they are going up in four other cities.

Descendants of enslaved people join dig on former Jesuit plantation

By Renée Roden — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — Vickie White Nelson, 49, has deep roots in southern Maryland. Her ancestor, Regis Gough, was enslaved there on a plantation owned by Jesuits.

Major Catholic newspaper divests from fossil fuels

By Renée Roden — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — National Catholic Reporter appears to be in the vanguard of publishing companies making a public commitment to divest from fossil fuels.

Letter ties rise in anti-Asian hate to politicians’ Christian nationalist rhetoric

By Renée Roden — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Lucas Kwong has published an open letter with more than 700 signatories calling on self-identified Christian politicians to personally repent of racism. 

Canadian churches on First Nations land are burning

By Renée Roden — June 29, 2021
(RNS) — As of Tuesday afternoon, six churches on First Nations land in western Canada have been set on fire or burned down. Four of the churches are within an hour’s drive of one another in southeastern British Columbia.
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