Rick Jervis is an author at Religion News Service.
Report: Fire at black church in S.C. was not arson, feds say
Fires at several predominantly black churches in Southern states the past two weeks — at least three attributed to arson — raise concerns about potential fallout from the recent South Carolina church shooting.
Texas takes defiant stance as gay marriage decision looms
AUSTIN — Texas joins a handful of states, including Alabama, Michigan and Louisiana, that are considering legislation that would throw up roadblocks to gay marriage in apparent anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling.
Shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas City leave 3 dead
(RNS) The shootings occurred at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, which is located in Overland Park, about 11 miles south of Kansas City, and at Village Shalom, a retirement home located nearby.
For Navy yard shooter, Buddhism was a temporary refuge
(RNS) Aaron Alexis practiced Buddhism, was learning to speak Thai and meditated often, friends say. But something in him had changed in recent months.