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President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Biden: ‘Let us recommit ourselves to the lessons of Easter’

By Joe Biden — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — We know that the crisis is not yet over, but as Easter heralds the return of spring, we see signs of hope all around us.

People gather at the Mount Davidson cross in San Francisco, Sunday, April 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.

Christians, one carrying a cross, walk along the Via Dolorosa towards the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Christians mark Good Friday amid lingering virus woes

By Joseph Krauss — April 2, 2021

JERUSALEM (AP) — “Things are open, but cautiously and gradually,” said Wadie Abunassar, an adviser to church leaders in the Holy Land.

Dr Manraj Barhey administers a dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Mr Baltjit Singh, President of the Luton Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh temple in Luton, Bedfordshire, as the world’s first Vaisakhi Vaccine Clinic is launched today, Sunday, March 21, 2021.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Sikh leaders celebrate upcoming holiday with vaccine clinic

By Danica Kirka — April 2, 2021

LONDON (AP) — Sikh leader Balwinder Singh Basra rolled up his sleeve to get a COVID-19 vaccine Sunday at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton, north of London. And he wanted everyone to know about it.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy. The 39-year-old Nobel laureate was the proponent of nonviolence in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly)

On an Easter shadowed by the Lorraine Motel, recommit to justice

By J. Lawrence Turner — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Fifty-three years after MLK’s assassination, we must transform a place of bloodshed into inspiration for a better world.

Some evangelical leaders are trying to counter Christian nationalist misinformation over vaccines. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Some who identify as Christian nationalists believe they will be protected from any disease.

“Sick World” by pastor Deitrick Haddon and producer Zaytoven. Courtesy image

Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon commemorates pandemic’s ‘year of loss’ in new song

By Adelle M. Banks — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Man, we can’t stand to lose anybody else. I mean, how much more can we take?’ said the singer about his lyrics for ‘Sick World.’

Photo by Sandy Millar/Unsplash/Creative Commons

You deserve to stop suffering: After a year like 2020, it’s finally time to address those relational issues

By Lysa TerKeurst — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — 2020 may have been the year that brought painful, dysfunctional patterns to the surface, but 2021 will be the year you start moving forward.

Recent vandalism at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles. Photos via Facebook/Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

LA Buddhist temple seeking balance between security and welcome after attack

By Alejandra Molina — March 29, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘It’s a balance of maintaining security, but at the same time being welcoming,’ said the Rev. Noriaki Ito.

People waiting to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop- up site in the gym of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, North Carolina where Samaritan's Purse is helping with distribution. Photos courtesy Samaritan's Purse

Franklin Graham unfazed after evangelical base blasts him for encouraging vaccines

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — Graham’s March 24 Facebook post uncovered a deep divide among evangelicals, many of whom are suspicious of COVID-19 vaccines. His organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is managing vaccine clinics in Boone, North Carolina.

Despite ongoing COVID-19 cases, the Emerging Together conference was able to be held in person by the Religious Conference Management Association in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early March. The conference implemented masks and social distancing practices, hoping to keep attendees safer at the in-person event. Photos courtesy of Imago Creative

Religious conference planning continues amid COVID-19, socially distant or online

By Adelle M. Banks — March 24, 2021

(RNS) — Religious conference planners are waiting to hear whether their meetings will go on as expected this year and contemplating how they will look as the pandemic continues.

In this Dec. 8, 2020, file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, on the Immaculate Conception day, at the Vatican. Pope Francis announced this week pay cuts for clergy and employees. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Pope Francis reduces cardinal wages as Vatican finances struggle due to pandemic

By Claire Giangravé — March 24, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) —  In its financial budget for 2021, the Vatican announced that the financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Vatican coffers amounts to more than $60 million.

Left, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld and Pastor Clarence C. Moore. Left courtesy of Julie Schonfeld, right from screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Don’t throw away your shot’

By Julie Schonfeld — March 23, 2021

(RNS) — ‘The mayor’s office called, wanting to take a shot with me, but the mayor was too slow. When he called I had already gotten my shot!’ said Pastor Clarence C. Moore, senior pastor of the New Era Church in Indianapolis.

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Praying with Mennonites

By Patton Dodd — March 22, 2021

(RNS) — A dozen or so Mennonites in San Antonio, meeting for prayer at 6:30 a.m. on Zoom, have seen their prayers answered again and again. 

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on March 16, 2021. Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Churches stepping up as COVID-19 vaccine sites across the Washington metropolitan area

By Jack Jenkins, Adelle M. Banks — March 22, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We’ve seen several people come out and sign up for this initiative because of it being located at the church,’ said a D.C. health department spokesperson.

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