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Be the flame of democracy on Jan. 6

By Auburn Senior Fellows — January 4, 2022
(RNS) — Efforts to undermine democracy fly in the face of the belief that we are all created equal.

Last parent of a child killed in 1963 church bombing dies

By Associated Press — January 3, 2022
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Maxine McNair, the last living parent of any of the four Black girls killed in a 1963 Alabama church bombing, died Sunday. She was 93. McNair’s family announced her death in a press release. A cause of death was not given. McNair’s daughter, 11-year-old Denise McNair, was the youngest girl killed […]

Observers, detractors and preachers of religion who died in 2021

By Adelle M. Banks — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — Prominent figures in the world of religion who died in 2021.

10 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2021

By Paul O'Donnell — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — 2021’s rising stars in religion were those speaking as much to social concerns as spiritual ones.

Wary of omicron, churches shift Christmas services online

By Jack Jenkins — December 23, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — On Wednesday evening, the Washington National Cathedral announced it was shifting to virtual services for the entire holiday season.

Pastor asks federal court to sanction immigration officials

By Jack Jenkins — December 22, 2021
(RNS) — The request is part of an ongoing lawsuit in which the pastor accuses federal officials of violating her religious freedom by surveilling her after she officiated at immigrant weddings.

Denzel Washington: ‘I wanted to please God’ in latest directing effort

By Adelle M. Banks — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — ‘True love never dies. That's what they have — not had — have,’ Washington said of Dana Canedy and her partner who was killed in Iraq.

A pro-democracy faith movement is forming. Will it be enough?

By Jacob Lupfer — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — The Scriptures say little about voting rights, leaving faith groups struggling to inspire activism.

Faith leaders arrested while protesting in support of Build Back Better bill

By Jack Jenkins — December 13, 2021
(RNS) — 'We've come to help you get free — but if you don't want to get free you're going to get your foot the hell off our necks,' the Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, said of politicians who oppose the legislation.

Some pastors fear talking about vaccines. Bishop Horace Smith sees them as a blessing.

By Bob Smietana — December 9, 2021
(RNS) — Church leaders can play an important role in promoting COVID-19 vaccines to keep communities safe — if they build trust.

Women breaking through to top roles in Black churches

By Adelle M. Banks and Peter Smith — December 9, 2021
(RNS/AP) — Most major Black Christian denominations in the U.S. have no doctrinal bar to ordained women leaders. Yet denominational leadership remained all-male until the 21st century, and women are still the exception in the top rungs.

As Supreme Court debates abortion, dueling theologies protest outside

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers since the beginning of time — it’s still debated in religions,’ said Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the court heard oral arguments.

Hope ‘renewed in a just God’: Faith leaders react to guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder

By Alejandra Molina — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William ‘Roddie’ Bryan were all convicted of murder after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours.

White supremacists found liable for violence at Charlottesville rally

By Jack Jenkins — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy were among the plaintiffs who brought the case against the white supremacists.

New children’s Bibles rethink how Christians share old, old story with young readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — Parents are calling attention to whitewashed illustrations, almost exclusively male characters and an emphasis on memorizing morals over engaging with the divine in many existing children's story Bibles.
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