Large conventions resume for Jehovah’s Witnesses
By Alejandra Molina — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Beginning Friday (June 2), the three-day gathering will be held at the Long Beach Arena in Los Angeles County, the first of 12 conventions at the arena this summer.
From Taylor Swift’s tour to statehouses, witches are blamed for climate of fear
By Heather Greene — June 1, 2023
Dave Ramsey sued for $150 million by former fans who followed his timeshare exit advice
By Bob Smietana — June 1, 2023
Faith, science and the abortion debate
By Charles C. Camosy — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Do abortion rights advocates follow the facts, wherever they lead?
‘Felt like a year’: Worshipper describes fear during gunman’s deadly attack on Pittsburgh synagogue
By Peter Smith — June 1, 2023
Robert Bowers, a truck driver from the Pittsburgh suburbs, could face the death penalty if he’s convicted of some of the 63 counts he faces in the Oct. 27, 2018, attack, which claimed the lives of worshippers from three congregations using the city's Tree of Life synagogue.
Choice is the future of religion in America
By Mark Silk — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Judaism lays bare the complexities of American religion’s new regime of choice.
Pride flag glimpsed on ‘The Chosen’ set prompts call for boycott
By Kathryn Post — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I don’t believe personal workspaces on set are relevant to the content of The Chosen,’ the show’s creator told Religion News Service.
Israeli protesters fear for their country’s precarious LGBTQ rights revolution
By Orit Avishai — June 1, 2023
(The Conversation) — Not the primary issue for Israeli protesters, LGBTQ rights still symbolize the country’s stark divide.
Back and forth continues over ‘queer and trans nuns’ inclusion in Dodgers Pride Night
By Alejandra Molina — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — At least one Roman Catholic nun has publicly spoken in support of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ‘for their financial assistance to those in need.’
Survey: Drop in Eastern European antisemitism may be due to Zelenskyy effect
By Yonat Shimron — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — As arguably the world’s most famous Jew, he may also be contributing to a decline in antisemitic attitudes not only in Ukraine but also in neighboring Poland to the west and Russia to the east.
Bishop Vashti McKenzie on leading National Council of Churches as it nears 75 years
By Adelle M. Banks — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I think that the difference, at this point, is that I am adding activism to advocacy,’ she said as she became NCC president after serving as interim leader.
Can Pope Francis bring peace to Ukraine?
By Thomas Reese — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — The pope’s refusal to cheer either side in this war gives him credibility as mediator.
Vatican questions how priest moved $17 million meant for missionary work into investment fund
By Nicole Winfield — May 31, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has asked aides to get to the bottom of how at least $17 million was transferred from the Vatican’s U.S.-based missionary fundraising coffers into an impact investing vehicle run by a priest.
Lawyers for Pittsburgh synagogue defendant admit he carried out deadliest US antisemitic attack
By Peter Smith — May 31, 2023
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bowers’ defense acknowledged at the outset of his federal trial that he was the gunman, but hope to spare the suburban truck driver a possible death sentence over the Oct. 27, 2018, massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue.
What is Theravada Buddhism?
By Brooke Schedneck — May 31, 2023
(The Conversation) — Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religious system in several parts of South and Southeast Asia, but there is a rich diversity of beliefs and practices in this tradition.
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