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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

All Stories by Yonat Shimron

A biography of Ruth Bell Graham explores an icon of evangelical womanhood

By Yonat Shimron — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — Graham opposed the women’s rights movements even as she benefited from some of its gains by becoming a public figure sought after as a speaker and writer in her own right.

How the Museum of the Bible produces a white evangelical Bible

By Yonat Shimron — November 21, 2022
(RNS) — The book, 'Does Scripture Speak for Itself?' argues that the Washington, D.C., institution produces a benevolent white evangelical Bible that resists critique.

Poll: Politics drives religious Americans’ views on the environment

By Yonat Shimron — November 17, 2022
(RNS) — Religious people who lean Republican are less inclined to be concerned about global warming than people of the same religion who identify or lean to the Democratic Party.

Chabad rabbis celebrate growth at 6,000+ conference in Crown Heights

By Yonat Shimron — November 16, 2022
(RNS) — The five-day event includes workshops on how its emissaries can be more useful — whether on college campuses, in day schools, teaching adult education or in other forms of outreach.

Eastern University on hold from CCCU after dropping ban on LGBTQ faculty

By Yonat Shimron — November 14, 2022
(RNS) — The school has amended its policies to allow for the hiring of LGBTQ faculty and to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination statement.

Religious groups with immigrant members grew fastest over past decade

By Yonat Shimron — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — A decennial study of US religious life shows that the number of participants in congregational services has not kept up with the overall population growth. But religious groups drawing large numbers of immigrants have seen steady growth.

Poll: US Jews overwhelmingly backed Democrats in midterms

By Yonat Shimron — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — American Jews have strained in the past few months under a barrage of antisemitic attacks. Fears for democracy were first on their minds.

Abortion rights scored the biggest midterm victory

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — Not only did voters support abortion rights ballot measures, they probably also helped Democrats stave off a red wave.

A new Billy Graham archive opens on the late evangelist’s birthday

By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2022
(RNS) — The two-story building, constructed with the latest preservation standards and environmental controls, cost $13 million and sits across the road from the Billy Graham Library.

The American Renewal Project wants to mobilize pastors for the Republican Party

By Yonat Shimron — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — The goal is to bring Christianity back into the public square.

Calvin University board votes to keep faculty who disagree with stand on sex

By Yonat Shimron — November 2, 2022
(RNS) — Many professors at the 146-year-old school no longer hold that sex outside of heterosexual marriage is sinful. The university gave them permission to dissent on that issue.

As a rabbi, he worked on Jewish-Catholic relations. Now the pope is knighting him.

By Yonat Shimron — November 1, 2022
(RNS) — A Reform rabbi and a longtime columnist for Religion News Service, James Rudin has met with popes, presidents and world-famous evangelists in his efforts to improve Jewish-Christian relations.

How America’s conservative youth movement grew a powerhouse on the cult of rage

By Yonat Shimron — October 31, 2022
(RNS) — In a new book, Kyle Spencer documents the rise of Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and talk show host Candace Owens and their growing influence on conservative youth culture.

Calvin University inaugurates new president amid growing LGBTQ tensions

By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2022
(RNS) — Wiebe Boer, the university’s 12th president, is the son of Christian Reformed Church missionaries and spent 30 years living in Nigeria.

The nun who became a star shares her wisdom in new book of letters

By Yonat Shimron — October 24, 2022
(RNS) — Sister Wendy Beckett's three-year correspondence with Robert Ellsberg, the publisher and editor in chief of Orbis Books, reveals a life devoted to saints, holiness, beauty, suffering and prayer.
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