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Waya Brown, who is Apache and Pomo, dances in a circle at Oak Flat campground on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, near Superior, Arizona. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

Why Oak Flat in Arizona is a sacred space for the Apache and other Native Americans

By Alejandra Molina, Emily McFarlan Miller — March 5, 2021

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (RNS) — The Apache believe Oak Flat is a ‘blessed place’ where Ga’an — guardians or messengers between the people and Usen, Creator God — dwell. The site is at risk of being turned over to an Australian mining company.

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Stephen Colbert, left, interviews the Rev. James Martin, Feb. 3, 2021, on “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS. Video screengrab via CBS

On late-night TV and bestseller lists, new books on prayer resonating with readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — After a tumultuous year, several new books about prayer from popular Christian authors seem to be speaking to the moment.

The Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory in 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

How New York’s 19th-century Jews turned Purim into an American party

By Zev Eleff — February 24, 2021

(The Conversation) — Purim put a social spotlight on New York’s Jews and their up-and-coming relationship to the city’s most elite class.

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VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer calls evangelicalism a ‘hot mess.’ He hasn’t given up hope.

By Bob Smietana — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — For nearly three decades, the VeggieTales creator has been making people laugh while telling them about Jesus. Now, spurred by his faith, he has been attending to the recent struggles of American evangelicals.

The character Israel, center, in a scene from “Nurses” Episode 108. (Photo by Ken Woroner/eOne/NBC)

Does NBC have a Jewish problem?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — Anti-Semitism. On your television screen.

Some of the cards in the Topps series “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ.” Images courtesy of Topps

New Topps cards focus on Muhammad Ali’s faith

By Joseph Hammond — February 23, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Converts to Islam’ tells the impact of his decision on Ali’s life and on the world.

Carman died Feb. 16, 2021, at the age of 65. Photo courtesy of Conduit Media Solutions

Carman, beloved by ’90s evangelical kids, was a Pentecostal showman at heart

By Leah Payne, Dara Coleby Delgado — February 23, 2021

(RNS) — The wildly popular troubadour was equal parts Pentecostal flair and Disney levels of cartoonish imagination.

Jared Leto as the Joker, wearing a crown of thorns. Photo by Zack Snyder

Why is a photo of Jared Leto dressed like the Joker and Jesus floating around?

By Jack Jenkins — February 22, 2021

(RNS) — It’s from the so-called Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League.’ Or is it?

Carman died Feb. 16, 2021, at the age of 65. Photo courtesy of Conduit Media Solutions

Carman, Christian music icon and Gospel Music Hall of Famer, dies at 65

By Bob Smietana — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — The Christian music icon had planned a new tour later this year.

In this July 14, 2013 photo, then-pastor Carl Lentz leads a Hillsong NYC Church service at Irving Plaza in New York. With his half-shaved head, jeans and tattoos, Lentz doesn't look like the typical religious leader. But with its concert-like atmosphere and appeal to a younger demographic, his congregation, Hillsong NYC, is one of the fastest-growing evangelical churches in the city. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Beyond $1,000 sneakers: Carl Lentz, hype priests and the cult of celebrity

By Tyler Jones — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — A Christian can believe it is their job to ‘make Jesus famous’ without making the massive leap to the problematic idea that fame is itself good and an effective tool for ministry.

Yolanda Pierce on grandmother theology, Black Jesus and Mariology

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — ‘I’m really trying to shift the discourse about who can do theology and what counts as theological source material,’ says the first woman dean of Howard University’s divinity school and the author of the new book, ‘In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit.’

Gianni Crea, the Vatican Museums chief

Vatican Museums reopen, but visitors decry lack of social distancing

By Claire Giangravé — February 16, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Some visitors likened the art galleries to ‘a circle of hell’ and condemned the ‘unacceptable organizational error’ by museum curators.

A YPJ sharpshooter scans for IS fighters. Photo courtesy of “The Daughters of Kobani”

‘Daughters of Kobani’ tells story of all-women Kurdish combat units who fought IS

By Joseph Hammond — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — ‘This was a movement with religious freedom and multiethnic governance with women at the center,’ said the book’s author, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

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