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Hate crimes are growing. Faith communities are uniquely positioned to combat them.

By Maureen O'Leary — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Each one of us has an obligation to mobilize against hate.
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Mormon kids can’t wear Halloween masks to the trunk-or-treat . . . or can they?

By Jana Riess — October 19, 2021
The LDS Church's ban on face masks at activities has quietly disappeared from the official Handbook, at least for now. Bring on those Chewbacca costumes!

Study: Most US Catholic bishops kept silent on Francis’ climate change push

By Daniel R. DiLeo — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Conservatism appears to have influenced bishops’ treatment of climate change.

Inside the fraught effort to create a Christian nationalist internet

By Jack Jenkins — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Booted from mainstream social media websites, outraged Christian nationalists are creating some of their own.

In Ghana, Rastafarian high schooler fights to keep his hair

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — October 19, 2021
Hair is an important part of the Rastafarian faith. But an official at the Achimota School in Ghana told Tyrone Iras Marhguy he would have to cut his dreadlocks before enrolling.

Calvin University to add school of health with $15 million gift

By Yonat Shimron — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — The 145-year-old school already offers a nursing degree and several health-related majors. It will expand on those and offer three new health-related master's degrees by 2022.

In Los Angeles, spiritual convoy urges unity to preserve Apache sacred site Oak Flat

By Alejandra Molina — October 18, 2021
MALIBU, Calif. (RNS) — Apache Stronghold — a coalition of Apaches, other Native peoples and non-Native supporters seeking to preserve Oak Flat — gathered Sunday at the Wishtoyo Chumash Village in Malibu in Los Angeles County as part of a spiritual convoy to San Francisco.

‘Dune’ novels draw on Islamic motifs and have in turn inspired Muslim artists

By Joseph Hammond — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — The original series of 'Dune' novels is heavily influenced by ecology and sociology — as well as imagery from the Islamic world and the Middle East.

Jill Biden celebrates ‘prayer partner’ who reinvigorated her faith

By Jack Jenkins — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — 'When she spoke, it was as if God was saying to me: ‘Okay Jill, you’ve had enough time. It’s time to come home,’' Biden said of prayer partner Robin Jackson.

Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

By Associated Press — October 18, 2021
(AP) — 'I had to do it,' Rice once said of her decision to break the law. 'My guilt is that I waited 70 years to be able to speak what I knew in my conscience.'

Rescuers: Last Jew of Kabul making his way to Israel

By Josef Federman — October 18, 2021
Zebulon Simentov, who lived in a dilapidated synagogue in Kabul, kept kosher, prayed in Hebrew and endured decades of war, fled Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.

A Jewish case for not liking ‘The Sopranos’

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — When it comes to media stereotypes, how did we let this one have a free pass?

Christian Aid Ministries says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

By DÁnica Coto — October 17, 2021
The missionaries have ties to Christian Aid Ministries, which has ties to Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist groups.
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