Sara Weissman is an author at Religion News Service.
In Chicago, a new synagogue seeks Judaism minus Zionism
(RNS) “We are really a community for Jews who don’t reduce their Judaism to narrow political nationalism,” said Rabbi Brant Rosen, the leader of the new Tzedek Chicago.
Muslim leaders support Islamic declaration on climate change
(RNS) “Our species, though selected to be a caretaker or steward (khalifah) on the earth, has been the cause of such corruption and devastation on it,” the statement says.
Social workers want to talk religion — but they don’t
(RNS) Most social workers say they don’t discuss religion or spirituality with their clients, even though they think it could be beneficial in treatment. Some say that’s a shame — but others say it’s a good thing.
Exhibit showcases Indiana Jones’ quest for the sacred
WASHINGTON (RNS) What is it about Indiana Jones and, more broadly, the quest for religious relics, that captures people’s imaginations?
Is it pretty outside? Then you’re less likely to go to church
(RNS) U.S. counties with nicer weather and prettier natural surroundings see lower rates of religious affiliation, according to a new Baylor University study.
Christian leaders call on candidates to address climate change, inequality
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 70 evangelical, Protestant and Catholic leaders signed the statement, organized by the group Faith in Public Life.
Want to ride the train to see the pope? You’ll have to buy a lottery ticket
(RNS) Lottery participants can buy a total of 10 passes per each day of the pope’s visit. Customers taking SEPTA to work and those traveling to see the pope will have equal chances of winning.
Did Gov. Bobby Jindal censor Westboro Baptist’s free speech?
(RNS) In response to the Louisiana governor’s order barring Westboro protesters from the funerals of two shooting victims, church leader Benjamin Phelps said in a YouTube video that “God sent the shooter.”
Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks
WASHINGTON (RNS) “I don’t want American Muslims to think we fear them or that they are our enemies,” said Bob Roberts Jr., pastor of NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas.
5 faith facts about Amy Winehouse: She hated Hebrew school, loved family celebrations
(RNS) Director Asif Kapadia’s new film captures the British sensation’s short, explosive career before she died of alcohol poisoning four years ago Thursday. But what about her Jewish religious heritage?
‘Walk with Francis Pledge’ urges Washingtonians to do a good deed ahead of papal trip
WASHINGTON (RNS) The idea is to mobilize lay people in the D.C. area to take on prayers, social action projects or community service, building on the momentum of Francis’ first apostolic visit to the U.S.
Religious freedom key to global security, experts tell Georgetown symposium
WASHINGTON (RNS) When three in four nations restrict religious speech and practice, it’s a “crisis,” said the director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.