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Faith on the ground in Buffalo: Voice Buffalo executive director Denise Walden

By Adelle M. Banks — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘They are some of the matriarchs and the pillars of our community,’ Buffalo minister says of residents killed in attack.
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Bishop Vashti McKenzie to lead National Council of Churches for next two years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler, who left the ecumenical organization on Jan. 31.

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

Survey: White evangelicals oppose abortion; all other religious groups support it

By Yonat Shimron — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — US religions have wide-ranging opinions on legality of abortion. But most support legal abortion.

If Roe goes, Black church leaders expect renewed energy for elections

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — One leader is ‘expecting great mobilization of the African American community and in communities where people recognize the importance of giving a person a choice.’

Roe v. Wade: Faith leaders react to leaked SCOTUS opinion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — Religious views of abortion are not as monolithic as many may believe.

30 years after Rodney King unrest, one faith leader’s vision still inspires LA

By Richard Flory and Najuma Smith-Pollard — April 28, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We may have set those fires, but we didn’t start those fires,’ said the Rev. Cecil Murray.

In ‘Truth’s Table’ book, women podcasters cast vision for future of Black church

By Adelle M. Banks — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — Co-author Christina Edmonson said ‘there is a benefit and a gift to people who don't identify as Black Christian women to listen respectfully to these stories and narratives.’

Rev. Al Sharpton delivers eulogy after police killing of Patrick Lyoya

By Kathryn Post — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — 'We were created in the image of God,' Sharpton said. 'And what God put together, you don’t have the right to violate.'

House Republicans dishonor an iconic Florida judge

By Mark Silk — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — The latest in culture-war cancel culture.

Five lessons recent church leadership failures can teach us

By Jennifer R. Farmer — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — There are clear reasons why our leadership is not performing to the standards we should expect.

With high hopes for holidays, three faiths take stock of COVID-19 losses and gains

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Kathryn Post, and Yonat Shimron — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — Even with the convergence of Easter, Passover and Ramadan this year, many Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders are uncertain whether they can count on a post-COVID-19 resurgence or what it will look like.

Grand Rapids pastors mobilize in wake of fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya

By Kathryn Post — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'We think that our faith perspective is critical in this hour,' said Pastor Jathan K. Austin.
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