Report: People who are highly spiritual tend to be more civic-minded

By Yonat Shimron — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Fetzer Institute-sponsored study also found that the more spiritual people said they were, the more inclined they appeared to be to volunteer and donate. But only 36% said their spirituality influences their political actions.

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Alabama Southern Baptist pastor resigns after speaking at party for a KKK leader

By Yonat Shimron — July 30, 2020

(RNS) — Will Dismukes, who is also a Republican state representative, resigned from his church after offering an invocation at a birthday party honoring a Confederate general who was also the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Investigation finds no evidence for recent allegations against Chris Heuertz

By Yonat Shimron — July 28, 2020

(RNS) — The investigation followed a public post signed by 33 men and women who wrote that Heuertz ‘has harmed many people.’ But none of the signers was willing to cooperate with the investigator.

Teachers at religious schools fear Supreme Court took away their civil rights

By Yonat Shimron — July 22, 2020

(RNS) — This month’s Supreme Court ruling established that any religious school teacher who performs a religious function is beyond the reach of civil rights protections accorded to other workers.

Supreme Court broadens scope of ministerial exception

By Yonat Shimron — July 8, 2020

(RNS) — The ruling allows religious schools to include lay teachers as among those subject to an exemption from civil rights laws that give workers the ability to sue for sexual harassment, overtime pay, equal pay and a myriad of other protections.

Willow Creek, Life.Church among churches that received millions in PPP loans

By Yonat Shimron — July 7, 2020

(RNS) — The vast majority of religious organizations listed in the data received between $150,000 and $300,000, but at least two dozen religious organizations received the highest amount of dollars, between $5 million and $10 million.

Michael Hickson, man with disability, dies after Texas hospital ends COVID treatment

By Kathryn Post — July 1, 2020

(RNS) — Michael Hickson, quadriplegic, husband and father of five, died June 11 after a hospital denied him treatment for COVID-19 and due to his preexisting disabilities.

Religious conservatives look to the next Supreme Court rulings on religious liberty

By Yonat Shimron — June 17, 2020

(RNS) — They hope to carve out significant wins in a series of cases, including ones dealing with the ministerial exception, abortion and public funding for religious schools.

The Stauffers let go of an adopted child. Five reasons why their critics are wrong.

By Heidi Weimer — June 11, 2020

(RNS) — Critics of parenting vloggers who ‘rehomed’ their 4-year-old adopted son haven’t experienced the devastation of adoptive parents who have to place their children in others’ care.

Martin Gugino is a Catholic peace activist, not an ‘Antifa provocateur,’ friends say

By Yonat Shimron — June 9, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Martin has a passion for social justice,’ said the head of a Catholic Worker house in Connecticut. ‘When he sees wrong he wants to be involved in making it right.’

Rev. Barber: ‘Systemic racism is choking the life out of American democracy’

By Yonat Shimron — May 31, 2020

(RNS) — In a Pentecost Sunday address, he referred to the protests wracking the country as ‘the inevitable reflex of a people who cannot breathe because their life is being systematically snuffed out.’

Rev. Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign calls for resistance to reopening plans

By Yonat Shimron — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — It is urging Congress, the president and state governors to follow the recommendations of public health experts and not risk a resurgence of the virus, which is disproportionately affecting poor, uninsured, low-wage workers.

Yale’s popular happiness class gains an online following among the socially distanced

By Yonat Shimron — April 27, 2020

(RNS) — More than 2.2 million people have enrolled in the 10-week online class called ‘The Science of Well-Being,’ which explores the things people think will make them happy — and the things that actually bring lasting life satisfaction.

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