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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

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On his way to prison, Catholic activist advocates for COVID-19 prisoner release

January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Patrick O’Neill will report to a federal prison Thursday for breaking into a nuclear submarine base to protest nuclear arms. Now he’s advocating for prisoner safety during a pandemic.

Samaritan’s Purse field hospitals much in demand as COVID case counts rise

January 11, 2021

LENOIR, N.C. (RNS) — The evangelical humanitarian relief organization has trained healthcare workers or treated COVID-19 patients in 30 countries. Its latest field hospital is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

How the shofar emerged as a weapon of spiritual warfare for some evangelicals

January 6, 2021

(RNS) — Shofar blowing, as in today’s Jericho March, has become commonplace in many political demonstrations far removed from any Jewish or Israel-related themes.

117th Congress, like the old, is overwhelmingly Christian, heavily Protestant

January 4, 2021

(RNS) — Whereas about a quarter (26%) of US adults are religiously unaffiliated, only one member of the 117th Congress — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema — described herself that way.

Samaritan’s Purse to open a North Carolina field hospital for COVID-19 patients

December 31, 2020

(RNS) — The evangelical humanitarian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham will open a 30-bed field hospital to help five small hospitals in the western part of the state.

What to expect on the religious scene in 2021: Experts cast their sights on the year ahead

December 31, 2020

(RNS) — We asked scholars, faith leaders, activists and other experts to reflect on some of the issues they’ve seen on the religious landscape and what they anticipate for 2021.

Ralph D. West, Houston pastor, cuts ties to Southern Baptists over critical race theory rejection

December 16, 2020

(RNS) — West, founder of the Church Without Walls, is just the latest to criticize six seminary presidents who said critical race theory was incompatible with their faith.

In ‘Can Robots Be Jewish?’ rabbis weigh in on a Jewish pastime: disagreement

December 16, 2020

(RNS) — The questions in this collection, part of Moment Magazine’s long-running feature ‘Ask the Rabbis,’ offer a model for what is fundamental to Judaism.

Death expert Gary Laderman: ‘This holiday season is going to be a killer’

December 14, 2020

(RNS) — The holidays mark the passage of time and provide ritual forms of continuity and reassurance, says Laderman. For many that won’t happen this year.

This year, American Jews are taking Hanukkah outside

December 9, 2020

(RNS) — Many American Jews have previously shied from overtly public menorah displays out of a sense of vulnerability, if not an outright fear of persecution. Not this year.

Black pastor leads his white North Carolina church toward a fuller reckoning on race

December 7, 2020

SALISBURY, North Carolina (RNS) — In one of the most conservative cities in North Carolina, a United Methodist pastor gingerly approaches racial issues without alienating his flock.

Judge dismisses motion to ban the Rev. Greg Drumwright’s right to march

December 2, 2020

(RNS) — A local prosecutor filed a motion to ban the pastor and racial justice activist from Alamance County property, alleging he is ‘a danger to the community’ and likely to riot.

Southern Baptist seminary presidents nix critical race theory

December 1, 2020

(RNS) — The seminary presidents may be reacting to factions within Southern Baptist circles that have complained the denomination is drifting to the left.

Charged with 2 felonies for protesting, the Rev. Greg Drumwright is marching on

December 1, 2020

GRAHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Drumwright’s activism may have found his greatest impact close to home, in North Carolina’s Alamance County — a bastion of racialized policing.

Robert Putnam thinks religion could play a role in healing divisions

November 24, 2020

(RNS) — The renowned political scientist and his co-author say the reforms enacted in response to the Social Gospel movement of the Progressive Era might provide a lesson.

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