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Faith in the spotlight on Kennedy Center red carpet and stage at annual Honors gala

By Adelle M. Banks — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — Singer Ellie Holcomb said Amy Grant taught her to be a ‘there you are person’ rather than a ‘here I am person.’
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LGBTQ students wrestle with tensions at Christian colleges

By Yonat Shimron Of Religion News Service and Giovanna Dell'orto Of The Associated Press — December 5, 2022
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP/RNS) — Tensions endure at many of the hundreds of US Catholic and Protestant universities.

Pope unveils Vatican Christmas tree, urging Christians to ‘stay rooted’ in Jesus

By Claire Giangravé — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — With its humility, the nativity scene is a reminder to step away from a 'consumeristic and commercial' Christmas, the pope said.

Emhoff to host Jewish leaders for discussion of antisemitism

By Darlene Superville — December 5, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House roundtable follows a surge in anti-Jewish vitriol spread by a famous rapper, an NBA star and other prominent people.

Ukraine bans religious organizations with links to Russia

By Associated Press — December 5, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations “affiliated with centers of influence” in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches.

An ‘old-school Hindu’ takes on the future of climate

By Kevin Douglas Grant — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — 'He’s very good at understanding how the UN works, how the NGO ecosystem works and where the opportunity is for change.'

Both sides see high stakes in gay rights Supreme Court case

By Jessica Gresko — December 4, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The case marks the second time in five years that the Supreme Court has confronted the issue of a business owner who says their religion prevents them from creating works for a gay wedding.

The US House passed another resolution on Iran. Here’s why it’s the right thing to do.

By James Samimi Farr — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — We often overlook the social cost of persecution and the power of international pressure.

Starz’s hit series ‘P-Valley’ finds sacred community in a strip club

By Amethyst Holmes — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — The drama series by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall shows how profane places can be sacred — and how formal sacred places can be made profane.

Theological schools report continued drop in master of divinity degrees

By Kathryn Post — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — Enrollment at theological schools has remained stable, but the two-year M.A. degree is appealing to more students.

Cardinal leading Catholics’ churchwide consultation wrestles with tradition and change

By Claire Giangravé — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — The synod will be inspired by the Holy Spirit and rooted in truth, said Cardinal Mario Grech. The truth, he added, 'can be presented by a minority, a group or even an individual.'

Pope reschedules Congo, South Sudan trip for Jan. 31-Feb. 5

By Nicole Winfield and Deng Machol — December 2, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The trip will not include a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east, but will fulfill a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan.

‘Everyone gets their love story’: How Christmas rom-coms have taken over the season

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — Move over, Hallmark. Other channels and streaming services are premiering holiday originals, too, hoping to capture the magic of the Christmas rom-com for their audiences.
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