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Fundie Fridays, the snarky critic of conservative religious zeal, faces YouTube termination

By Riley Farrell — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — By poking fun at fundamentalists, Jennifer Sutphin and James Bryant stand as symmetrically antithetical to Christian content creators. Thousands of followers worship them for it.
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The history of Southern Baptists shows they have not always opposed abortion

By Susan M. Shaw — June 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar writes about how the Southern Baptist Convention’s views on abortion changed during the 1980s, when a more conservative wing seized control of the denomination.

UK sanctions Russian Orthodox head; decries forced adoption

By Associated Press — June 16, 2022
LONDON (AP) — Truss also targeted children's rights commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova, who has been accused of enabling the taking of 2,000 vulnerable children from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine and facilitating their forced adoptions in Russia.

Blaming ‘evil’ for mass violence isn’t as simple as it seems – a philosopher unpacks the paradox in using the word

By Elise Springer — June 15, 2022
(The Conversation) — The word ‘evil’ sends a clear message – or does it? There are deep tensions in what the word means, and what it can accomplish.

Colorado bishops ‘weaponizing’ Communion, Catholic lawmakers say

By Kathryn Post — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — Catholic bishops asked Catholic lawmakers in Colorado who supported abortion rights legislation to voluntarily refrain from the sacrament.

German federal court rejects bid to remove antisemitic relic

By Geir Moulson — June 14, 2022
Despite the defamatory nature of the original statue, “the legal system does not demand its removal,” the federal court said.

ELCA presiding bishop releases report examining removal of Latino pastor by Bishop Rohrer

By Alejandra Molina — June 2, 2022
(RNS) — The report comes months after the Rev. Megan Rohrer’s actions were criticized by the Asociación de Ministerios Latinos de la ELCA as showing a ‘lack of empathy and understanding toward their Latinx siblings.’

Los Angeles archdiocese requests sheriff’s campaign ad filmed in church be taken down

By Alejandra Molina — May 20, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'The Archdiocese of Los Angeles was not properly informed prior to the filming either by the priest contacted at the parish, or the campaign,' the statement read, adding that it does not endorse political candidates.

If budgets are moral documents, what does the US budget say about ours?

By Bridget Moix — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — Why is destroying our enemies a higher priority than feeding, clothing and teaching children? 

Movement to build affordable housing on church land reaches Florida

By Alejandra Molina — April 23, 2022
(RNS) — 'Religious organizations, in aggregate, are some of the largest owners of land in Miami-Dade County.'

Religion is central in film depicting last abortion clinic along Texas’ southern border

By Alejandra Molina — April 20, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Religion does really play a big role in this and we can’t just overlook it,’ said one of the film’s directors.

At top universities, institutes of Catholic thought focus on science and religion

By Alejandra Molina — March 28, 2022
(RNS) — A multi-million dollar grant will support a new three-year plan for creating a national network of independent institutes of Catholic thought at US universities. 

How Silicon Valley’s ‘Techtopia’ turned work into religion

By Yonat Shimron — March 8, 2022
(RNS) — In her new book, 'Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley,' Carolyn Chen examines how high-skilled workers have disinvested from organized religion and are instead finding belonging, identity, purpose and transcendence at the office.
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