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From civil rights to no nukes: A look at historic protest photos
(RNS) — Clergy and faith leaders have a long history of involvement in protests. Here’s a look back at some religious engagement in historic demonstrations.
Frank Page, SBC leader, retires due to ‘inappropriate relationship’
(RNS) — “As a result of a personal failing, I have embarrassed my family, my Lord, myself, and the Kingdom,” Page said.
Jewish organizations encourage retelling the Passover story with trivia cards
(RNS) — Did you know that Jews from Gibraltar sprinkle brick dust into their Passover haroset dish, or that Middle Eastern Jewish families whip themselves with scallions at the seder table?
Willow Creek pastor Bill Hybels denies claims of inappropriate behavior
(RNS) — The senior pastor of one of the nation’s largest megachurches has been the subject of inquiries into allegations of inappropriate behavior with women in his congregation and on its staff.
Survey: Protestant church diversity ‘heading in the right direction’
(RNS) — A new survey published by LifeWay Research suggests Protestant churches still are diversifying slowly — despite reports of a ‘quiet exodus’ of people of color from predominantly white evangelical churches.
Billy Graham: He kept the faith and (mostly) dropped the politics
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Billy Graham is remembered for a subtle approach to politics that contrasts sharply with many of today’s openly political evangelicals.
Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won’t vote for him
MOSCOW (AP) — The independent Novaya Gazeta noted Monday that Yevtikhiy’s comment marked the first time a top member of the Orthodox clergy had spoken out against Putin.
RNS Best of 2017: An unexpected president and the ‘hand of God’
In our ‘Hand of God’ series, RNS takes a closer look at the widespread belief that God intervenes in our nation’s political process.
Billy Graham at 99: He kept the faith and (mostly) dropped the politics
WASHINGTON (RNS) — As he celebrates his birthday today, in what his son described as “stable” health, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is kicking of a yearlong celebration of the preacher’s past.
Students disciplined for ‘Jews vs. Nazis’ beer pong game
(AP) — In the image, students are seen playing beer pong with cups in the shapes of a swastika and a Star of David.
Launch of USCIRF’s 2017 Annual Report: The State of International Religious Freedom
USCIRF hosted an event on May 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. titled “The State of International Religious Freedom.” Commissioners discussed findings and recommendations from its 2017 Annual Report, in addition to the newly launched Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. Add to Favorite Articles
Help Religion News Service report on religious hatred
Religious minorities in the U.S., including Muslims, Jews and Sikhs, are facing a surge of discrimination, harassment and hate crimes on the basis of their beliefs and identities. The Southern Poverty Law Center counted almost 900 incidents of hate or bias in the 10 days after the 2016 election and many more since, including bomb […]