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Khyati Y. Joshi argues equal religious freedom in America is an optical illusion

By Yonat Shimron — July 16, 2020
(RNS) — In her new book, she argues Christianity, especially of the white Protestant variety, undergirds the nation’s institutions and practices and establishes a normative baseline from which all other faiths are seen as abnormal.

‘More than individual sin’ — Black pastors urge evangelicals to admit systemic racism

By Yonat Shimron — July 2, 2020
(RNS) — While liberal Christians have embraced the idea of social or collective sin, especially when it comes to racism, white evangelicals have typically resisted such notions as unbiblical. A Black Southern Baptist pastor is now calling them out on it.

Four young people of different faiths move into a home together, then a pandemic happens

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2020
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky were selected to move into the Abrahamic House, a co-living and co-creating space in the Koreatown neighborhood of LA.

A new book on Tara explores a portal to the divine in a female form

By Yonat Shimron — May 14, 2020
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Author Rachael Wooten hopes Tara’s different emanations can help people overcome suffering and cultivate compassion, even if they never embrace Buddhism.

David J. Halperin on why UFOs tell us more about life on Earth than outer space

By Yonat Shimron — April 17, 2020
(RNS) — In his new book “Intimate Alien,” he explores UFOs as myths, but not in the sense that they are false or fake news. On the contrary, Halperin thinks they may contain deep and profound truths.

Christians across traditions call for a Good Friday fast in response to pandemic

By Alejandra Molina — April 10, 2020
(RNS) — Catholics normally fast on the last Friday before Easter. This year Presbyterians, Latter-day Saints, Jews and others are planning to join them.

A conversation with Father James Martin: ‘Why did God let this happen?’

By Bill Baker — April 6, 2020
(RNS) — We see God best in the loving, merciful and compassionate responses of people around us to the coronavirus, says the Rev. James Martin, SJ.

Is St. Corona the patron saint of pandemics?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 20, 2020
(RNS) — No, St. Corona is not the patron saint of pandemics — yet.

In this Episcopal church, the co-leader of the Lenten study is a rabbi

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2020
(RNS) — Rabbi Raachel Jurovics is now rabbi-in-residence at the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina — one of a handful of such posts in Episcopal dioceses.

How Reddit is helping ex-La Luz del Mundo members cope with life after the church

By Alejandra Molina — March 4, 2020
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The subreddit appears to include commentary from former and current members of the church who may be nonbelievers but who remain in La Luz del Mundo for their families and loved ones.

La Luz del Mundo minister says abuse allegations are false

By Alejandra Molina — February 15, 2020
POMONA, Calif. (RNS) — At a news conference Friday (Feb. 14), church leaders gathered at the Fairplex in Pomona to address the allegations that were made against the church and its leaders.

Cyntoia Brown-Long to speak at Catholic church anti-abortion rally

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2020
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Released from a life sentence in August, the advocate for the incarcerated and other marginalized people will speak at OneLife LA, hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Mormon lawsuit could change how houses of worship report abuse

By Alejandra Molina — January 9, 2020
(RNS) — At least one legal expert said this lawsuit could have serious implications for the way houses of faith report abuse.

Trump launches ‘Evangelicals for Trump’ by visiting megachurch led by a Latino pastor

By Alejandra Molina — January 3, 2020
(RNS) — El Rey Jesús Global, or King Jesus International Ministry, is led by Guillermo Maldonado, who is a member of the ‘Evangelicals for Trump’ coalition.

How William Barr, culture warrior, weaponizes religious liberty

By Mark Silk — October 17, 2019
(RNS) — In a speech at Notre Dame, the U.S. attorney general put personal morality — and personal religious liberty — above the more traditional Catholic concern for social problems.
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