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PHOTO GALLERY: The history and diversity of African American religious rituals

By Adelle M. Banks — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — A new photo book from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explores Black history through its range of spiritual traditions.
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California legalizes human composting bill against opposition by Catholic bishops

By Alejandra Molina — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — California is now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show 'respect for the body of the deceased.'

From shoeboxes to war zones: How Samaritan’s Purse became a $1 billion humanitarian aid powerhouse

By Yonat Shimron and Bob Smietana — September 9, 2022
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (RNS) — Now one of the largest US nonprofits, its growth has come largely through frontline work in public health crises and natural disasters around the world. 

Jehovah’s Witnesses return to door knocking ‘like getting back on a bicycle’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — When people are less open to them, they focus more on those who take a tract, read a brochure or enroll in a Bible study program.

Jehovah’s Witnesses to return to door knocking, a sign of new COVID-19 stage

By Adelle M. Banks — August 22, 2022
(RNS) — Door knocking has not only been a physical mainstay for Jehovah’s Witnesses but an ideal they have fought for in courtrooms.

Marking its centennial, Hymn Society continues push for more diverse music

By Adelle M. Banks — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — Members danced and sang to a global selection of hymns and grappled with the power of song to change the world.

As monkeypox spreads, global organizations mobilize faith networks to fight stigma

By Adelle M. Banks — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There is no shame in having any disease’ is the mantra of Religions for Peace after dealing with past health crises, says its secretary-general.

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church elects second woman and African bishops

By Adelle M. Banks — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — Despite temperature checks and other measures attempting to keep the gathering free of COVID-19 free, some attendees tested positive during the General Conference.

‘Blessing of Elders’ lauds 7 Black Christian luminaries at Museum of the Bible gala

By Adelle M. Banks — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I believe the 21st century will see the Black church lead the way to hope and healing in a deeply divided nation,’ said the Rev. A.R. Bernard.

Church of God in Christ congregations given $100,000 by pandemic support campaign

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Surprisingly, the generosity has not stopped and churches continued to give,’ said organizer Justin Giboney.

Preservationists seek to acquire beloved Hollywood home to cloistered nuns

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Over the years, the Monastery of the Angels community has been dwindling as the nuns age and after some died from COVID-19 and other causes, making it difficult to sustain the monastery’s ‘democratic way of life.’

What I learned when I got COVID

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — This is what ‘positive thinking’ can get you. In the midst of it all, COVID-19 became my rabbi.

Faith on the ground in Buffalo: Voice Buffalo executive director Denise Walden

By Adelle M. Banks — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘They are some of the matriarchs and the pillars of our community,’ Buffalo minister says of residents killed in attack.
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