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Expert in faith-based disaster management new leader of Homeland Security center

By Adelle M. Banks — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — Marcus T. Coleman, the former interim director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2017 to 2018 and a special assistant for it from 2013 to 2016, starts his new role on Monday (Aug. 2).
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Reparations bill gains momentum as an interfaith cause

By Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is all about how can we repair the damage to those among us who have been hurt because of past practices,’ said an Evanston, Illinois, pastor.

Teachers turn to mindfulness after a stressful pandemic year

By Megan Sweas — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — After a challenging year, mindfulness practice, based in Buddhism, is helping teachers maintain compassion for his students — and themselves.

‘Fire monks’ ready to defend monastery from Big Sur blaze

By Associated Press — June 23, 2021
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A group of firefighting monks was ready to defend a Buddhist monastery being threatened Tuesday by a wildfire burning south of Big Sur.

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

By Sam McNeil — June 16, 2021
(AP) — The party is pressing a program to Sinicize Tibetan life through programs to separate Tibetans from their language, culture, and especially, their devotion to the Dalai Lama.

‘All-in’ Buddhist practice combines meditation and martial arts

By Liz Kineke — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Athletic types are drawn to Rinzai Zen training's physical demands. They stay for the Japanese flute.

‘We’ve been here all along’: Author pushes back against erasure of young Asian American Buddhists

By Alejandra Molina — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — In her debut book, ‘Be the Refuge,’ author and former Buddhist chaplain Chenxing Han asks: ‘Where are all the young adult Asian American Buddhists, and what can we learn from them?’

Six arrested in burglary of an Arkansas Buddhist temple, in what may be a nationwide spree

By Yonat Shimron — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — A string of Buddhist temple burglaries has taken place in the last month, including in Southern California, Arizona, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

Faith leaders concerned about Southern California temporary shelters for migrant children

By Alejandra Molina — April 30, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — One of these 'influx centers,' the Fairplex, was also previously used as a temporary detention camp for Japanese Americans during WWII, faith leaders noted in a recent statement.

Mindfulness meditation is now a staple in public schools, and thanks to Zoom, widely accessible

By Yonat Shimron — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — In many schools, meditation advocates have reframed religious practices such as meditation and yoga as secular to avoid legal challenges.

In New York, interfaith coalition makes common cause against rising tide of hate

By Yonat Shimron — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — The new group will share best practices, speak out against violent extremism and ensure the safety of New Yorkers at their places of worship.

Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.
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