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Keep COVID-19 restrictions during in-person worship, ecumenical guide suggests

By Adelle M. Banks — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — A revised ecumenical guide includes a chart of ‘benchmarks for in-person gatherings,’ distinguishing between worship in outdoor and indoor settings.

Interfaith ‘vaccine ambassadors’ take up Biden’s Month of Action

By Eboo Patel, Mary Ellen Giess, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — June 3, 2021
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Gen Z lost touch with faith communities during pandemic but kept the faith, says study

By Jana Riess — May 31, 2021
(RNS) — Half of young people (ages 13 to 25) thought their faith communities had done well managing the COVID pandemic even though 90% reported receiving no personal contact from clergy.

Health experts, faith leaders and White House target the ‘movable’ on vaccines

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We would not be where we are without your help and we won’t be able to cross the finish line without you,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

Is it safe to sing at church yet? Depends who you ask.

By Adelle M. Banks — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — A mix of musical expression is likely to continue as congregations navigate the ‘new normal’ of the continuing pandemic with some people fully vaccinated and some not.

The path to herd immunity runs through America’s faith communities 

By Eboo Patel, Robert P. Jones — May 24, 2021
(RNS) — Residents of many of the most vaccine-hesitant areas in the United States turn out to be remarkably receptive to faith-based interventions.

Modi silent on Muslim philanthropist’s offer of medical supplies for India

By Priyadarshini Sen — May 24, 2021
NEW DELHI (RNS) — Modi once called on South Asian countries to 'chalk out a strong strategy to fight the coronavirus,' but his plans have foundered on mistrust and hostility between Pakistan and India.

We can’t rebuild the US until we support families

By Jim Wallis — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — What makes a family able to work and take care of each of its members? That is the moral question that could unite many of us.

Meet the Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist encouraging her fellow Christians to get vaccinated

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — Written in epidemiologist Emily Smith’s friendly, informational voice, the Facebook page has grown to more than 96,000 followers.

Brazil’s evangelicals, bound to Bolsonaro, fight to follow his lead on pandemic

By Raphael Tsavkko Garcia — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — As the pandemic grew more dire through the spring, pastors have had a powerful influence on health policy.

Franklin Graham urges evangelicals to get vaccinated before it’s ‘too late’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 17, 2021
(RNS) — 'My father was a firm believer in medicine. He believed in it, so he would have been a supporter — no question,' said Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham.

Christian higher ed courses in prisons continue, adapt amid COVID-19

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — Despite the elimination of most prison visitations for many months of the COVID-19 pandemic, some religious higher education institutions have found ways to stay connected with prisoners.

Muslims and Catholics in Orange County to unite for Eid al-Fitr prayers

By Alejandra Molina — May 12, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In the spirit of interfaith solidarity, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church is offering its campus to host Eid prayers for the Islamic Center of Fullerton, a growing congregation that operates out of a small office space.

Meet Kashmir’s ‘Midnight Drummers,’ keeping alive an age-old Ramadan tradition

By Majid Maqbool — May 12, 2021
SRINAGAR, Kashmir (RNS) — Locally known as Sahar Khawan, the drummers walk miles in the pre-dawn hours of Ramadan mornings, beating their drums and announcing Sehri time for observing Muslims.
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