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What has the demise of Roe v. Wade cost the Catholic Church?

By Thomas Reese — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — Will Democrats stung by their defeat on abortion now partner with the bishops on a wider pro-life agenda?
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A study of Jewish LA finds a growing and diverse community

By Alejandra Molina — June 27, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'What happens here, and is cutting edge here, will lead the cultural evolution of Jewish life across the country,' said Noah Farkas, chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

This Pride Month, Catholic Church shows clear, if subtle, shifts toward LGBTQ welcome

By Claire Giangravé — June 27, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — From welcoming trans women at the Vatican to promoting LGBTQ outreach around the world, some advocates say Pope Francis has created a space for inclusion without fear.

Lawsuit against McLean Bible, David Platt dismissed

By Bob Smietana — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — The dispute at McLean is part of a larger 'woke war' among evangelicals.

LGBTQ youth of faith retell their stories to inspire others

By Luis Andres Henao — June 27, 2022
“I want to show that these identities aren’t a contradiction and for younger people to know that there’s hope,” said Hodak, who in addition to Beloved Arise belongs to another group, Jewish Queer Youth.

Pro-lifer 3.0 to abortion-rights supporters: Let’s talk

By Charles C. Camosy — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — Let’s put on our big-boy and big-girl boots and have an exchange that matters.

The Martinican bèlè dance – a celebration of land, spirit and liberation

By Camee Maddox-Wingfield — June 27, 2022
(The Conversation) — After years of marginalization, the bèlè dance has been embraced by a growing community who see it as a form of social and spiritual healing.

In Lebanon, how to say ‘I do’ sparks fierce debate

By Associated Press — June 27, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — In Lebanon, an on-again, off-again debate over whether such civil marriages may be held inside the country, and for whom, is contentious and mired in religious and political entanglements.

After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — June 27, 2022
(AP) — Views on abortions are not just polarizing within denominations; the divisions span the religious landscape.

Florida judge hears arguments on state’s new abortion law

By Anthony Izaguirre — June 27, 2022
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is among those seeking a temporary emergency injunction to stop the law. A Florida synagogue also sued.

Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after games

By Jessica Gresko — June 27, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The case forced the justices to wrestle with how to balance the religious and free speech rights of teachers and coaches with the rights of students not to feel pressured into participating in religious practices.

JD Hall, Pulpit & Pen founder, ‘disqualified’ from ministry by Montana church

By Bob Smietana — June 26, 2022
(RNS) — In the past, Hall's church, a fundamentalist congregation that opposes critical race theory, had stood behind its controversial pastor.

As Roe falls, religious abortion-rights advocates prepare for next steps

By Jack Jenkins — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — 'We vow to keep fighting,' said Jody Rabhan, chief policy officer for the National Council of Jewish Women. 'This is not the end. There are things that we can do.'
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