Conservatives balk at Sikh prayer, but diverse religious voices are a convention tradition

By Jack Jenkins — July 17, 2024
Monday wasn’t even the first time Harmeet Kaur Dhillon has offered a Sikh prayer at an RNC gathering, nor was she the first to do so.
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Violent words, violent consequences

By Phyllis Zagano — July 17, 2024
(RNS) — One hopes the dictator-in-waiting reins in his bombast and stops shouting 'fight.'

Voter protection training begins as clergy, secular groups look toward election

By Adelle M. Banks — July 17, 2024
(RNS) — Groups are aiming to equip volunteers to keep the environment calm at polling places, especially in battleground states.

Decades after Billie Holiday’s death, ‘Strange Fruit’ is still a searing testament to injustice – and of faithful solidarity with suffering

By Tracy Fessenden — July 17, 2024
(The Conversation) — Christian and Jewish themes influenced the world of art around one of jazz’s greatest singers.

At RNC, an uneven, awkward embrace of religious pluralism

By Jack Jenkins — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — As a Republican official led a Sikh prayer, images of Christian crosses flashed behind her.

People of faith mobilize when our country needs us. This year, democracy needs us.

By Jennifer Walker Thomas and Chris Crawford — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Helping at the polls aligns with some basic values of faith, from hospitality to honoring our neighbors.

At a progressive Christian festival in the woods of North Carolina, psychedelics were top of mind

By Ellie Davis — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Joy Crawford described the fascination with hallucinogens as a “cultural groundswell” that the church would do well to catch up with.

United Methodists elect a third openly gay, married bishop

By Yonat Shimron — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Kristin Stoneking will replace Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly gay married bishop, who, at age 66, is retiring.

In ‘Disciples in the Moonlight,’ US Christians are persecuted and the Bible is banned

By Kathryn Post — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Mike Pence praised the Christian action film as a 'cautionary tale' that should 'inspire people of faith to do even more to protect religious freedom in America.'

Hawley’s Christian nationalism is the old-time civil religion, weaponized

By Mark Silk — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — The way it was during the Cold War.

Pastors see a wariness among Black men to talk abortion politics as Biden works to shore up base

By Darren Sands — July 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (AP) — Phoenix pastor the Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr. has had countless discussions this election season with fellow Black men on the economy, criminal justice, immigration and other issues dominating the political landscape in their battleground state of Arizona. But never abortion.

On anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s death, her art’s spirituality keeps fans engaged around the globe

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — July 16, 2024
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Her take on life and spirituality sparked a connection between her paintings and her viewers, many of whom remain passionate admirers of her work on the 70th anniversary of her death.

National Eucharistic Congress, a Catholic mega-event, to kick off evangelization year

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — 'I have this sense that we as a nation are about to experience a profound breakthrough,' the Rev. Josh Johnson, an emcee of the congress, said.
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