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How a Latino congregation in California found itself at the center of ELCA’s racial reckoning

By Alejandra Molina — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Leaders of the denomination, which is 96% white, say they’re striving toward ‘becoming a multiethnic and multicultural church’ as they grapple with accusations of racism.
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ELCA apologizes to Latino congregation whose pastor was removed on sacred day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We hope that this public apology is only the first step of many in our committed journey to dismantle systemic racism in this church,’ representatives of Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria Peregrina said.

How Mormons are addressing sex abuse: Too little, too late

By Jana Riess — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Latter-day Saints have the opportunity to learn from others’ mistakes. But will we?

Preserving stories of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh relationships through India’s partition

By Richa Karmarkar — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Descendants of those who experienced the Partition of Punjab in 1947 come together to share stories of interfaith collaboration after 75 years of religious animosity in India and Pakistan.

Teaching teachers about the Holocaust and its lessons for democracy today

By Yonat Shimron — August 10, 2022
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (RNS) — The Olga Lengyel Institute trains schoolteachers to view the Holocaust as a prism for understanding social injustice, bigotry and hatred.

Japan PM purges Cabinet after support falls over church ties

By Mari Yamaguchi — August 10, 2022
TOKYO (AP) — Seven ministers who acknowledged their ties to the church were removed.

American Sikhs are targets of bigotry, often due to cultural ignorance

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — On the 10th anniversary of the Oak Creek massacre, a Sikh scholar writes that there is little understanding of the Sikh faith in the U.S.

Queens community condemns attack on Gandhi statue as anti-Hindu vandalism

By Richa Karmarkar — August 9, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — Leaders from the diverse Richmond Hill community in New York’s Queens borough came together on Tuesday to condemn an act of vandalism against a statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside of the Shri Tulsi Mandir Hindu temple.

New book invites Christians to rethink homelessness

By Kathryn Post — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — ‘If we actually saw Jesus on the side of the road ... we probably wouldn’t just roll down our window and hand him a five.’

Why the largest US Lutheran denomination apologized to a Latino congregation

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — It’s been a ‘perfect storm’ of charismatic personalities and a heightened awareness of racism, all brewing in one of the country’s whitest denominations.

Amy Spitalnick, who took on neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, is moving to Bend the Arc

By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — In November, Spitalnick will become CEO of the left-leaning organization that blends community organizing, political advocacy and leadership training.

Police break up Muslim gathering in Kashmir, dozens detained

By Associated Press — August 9, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Muharram is among the holiest months for Shiites across the world and includes large processions of mourners beating their chests while reciting elegies and chanting slogans to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein and 72 companions in the battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.

Afghan man charged in killing of 2 Muslims in Albuquerque

By Stefanie Dazio and Mariam Fam — August 9, 2022
Naeem Hussain was killed Friday night, and the three other men died in ambush shootings. Police in New Mexico’s largest city are trying to determine if the deaths are linked.
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