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‘High-Church Pentecostal’ leader J. Delano Ellis dies at 75

By Adelle M. Banks — September 21, 2020
(RNS) — ‘Traditionally,’ Ellis said in 1995, ‘the Pentecostal church maintained its ardor but was never really known for its order.’
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Healing Black-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish divides

By Ari Gordon and Talib Shareef — September 4, 2020
(RNS) — Black-Jewish Unity Week, a collaboration between the American Jewish Committee and the National Urban League, could also help erase the divides between Jews and African American Muslims.

Why porn’s negative personal consequences are often really about religion

By Samuel L. Perry — September 4, 2020
(RNS) — Evangelicals' feeling about porn may well be influencing public policy as mostly red states have increasingly sought to declare pornography a ‘public health crisis.'

Shofar lessons are becoming a pre-holiday necessity in the age of coronavirus

By Yonat Shimron — September 3, 2020
(RNS) — Jewish law requires that the shofar be heard in person. But with synagogues shuttered because of the coronavirus, many Jews are dusting off old ritual objects and taking online lessons so they can produce that clarion wail.

How Kamala Harris delivers on 150 years of Black women’s political history

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — August 13, 2020
(RNS) — The Democrats' presumptive vice presidential nominee rose out of a network of women’s organizations and movements, churches and loving communities by which Black women have transformed themselves since Reconstruction.

Evangelical Christian colleges take steps to address racial justice after criticism

By Kathryn Post and Adelle M. Banks — August 13, 2020
(RNS) — Christian colleges have been challenged to ‘become a school that no longer has students who are guests and hosts,’ one leader said.

Trump’s 2020 religious attack on Biden harks back to 1800

By Mark Silk — August 11, 2020
(RNS) — Then too, a Democrat was charged with being godless.

With Falwell on leave, Liberty board names Jerry Prevo acting president

By Sarah Rankin and Elana Schor — August 10, 2020
The chair of Liberty University's board of trustees will serve as acting president with Jerry Falwell Jr. on leave.

LGBT Christians push to overturn Young Life’s ‘sexual conduct’ policy

By Kathryn Post — August 10, 2020
 (RNS) — #DoBetterYoungLife, a movement advocating for broader LGBT inclusion, has shared hundreds of stories of exclusion, and its petition has garnered over 6,700 signatures.

Schools may not open to students this fall, but churches might — for remote learning

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — July 24, 2020
(RNS) — Churches that have space and ample Wi-Fi may turn their buildings into remote learning sites for students whose schools aren't open in person.

In Portland, this rabbi leads the clergy resistance

By Yonat Shimron — July 23, 2020
(RNS) — The Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, lead by Rabbi Ariel Stone, has been downtown since the protests began 55 days ago, supporting the people on the street and providing a daily witness.

My spiritual path through the COVID-19 darkness

By Kalpana Jain — July 21, 2020
(RNS) — The medical system had done all that it could for me. Now I had to listen to my body and have faith in its wisdom.

‘Ramy’: A TV show for those who still care about religion

By Imran Ali Malik — July 17, 2020
(RNS) — What the show tries to reveal is something not spoken of much in public, and certainly not in Hollywood: people’s actual relationship to faith and to the greater questions of purpose and meaning.
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