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Before there was Roe: Religious debate before high court’s historic ruling on abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Reports reveal blunt statements opposing the procedure, broadening definitions of what could be legalized and religious politicians’ reactions to state legislatures’ debates over the controversial procedure.
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Portland’s season of unrest rekindled after Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

By Grant Stringer — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — This time, national and local faith leaders have organized largely peaceful protests.

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.

What we profess on Sunday ought to apply to Black Friday

By Rosa Lee Harden — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — Let's reflect on not just why we give gifts but how we purchase them.

United Methodist meeting to consider split is still on … for now

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — But the denomination is considering the health and safety of delegates, staff, volunteers and guests, as well as the inclusion of the broad diversity of the church, before signing off on the next meeting.

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.

What are God’s pronouns? How the church today is (or isn’t) gendering God

By Kathryn Post — November 18, 2021
(RNS) — Many congregations are actively deciding how to refer to God’s gender in their liturgies, hymns and prayers.

New Revised Standard Version Bible updated with consideration for ‘modern sensibilities’

By Adelle M. Banks — November 17, 2021
(RNS) — More than 20,000 revisions were made for the new edition, which scholars made clear was not a new translation.

Jeff Bezos is quizzed on ’emotional’ rocket ride and economics of space flight

By Jack Jenkins — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It really is such a change in perspective that shows you, in a very powerful and emotional way, just how fragile this Earth is,’ Bezos said of his recent trip to space.

Amid COVID-19, most churches provide hybrid worship, half stopped picnics

By Adelle M. Banks — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — A new study shows that ‘the pandemic has had a profound impact across the religious spectrum, and that some churches are faring better than others,’ said scholar Scott Thumma.

Meet the United Methodist pastor featured on HBO’s drag reality show ‘We’re Here’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — Performing in drag was an ‘incredibly wonderful, refreshing, deepening, powerful spiritual experience,’ said Pastor Craig Duke of Newburgh United Methodist Church in Indiana.

RNS holiday gift guide 2021: Treat yourself to cozy socks or a self-care box

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our holiday gift guide is full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

‘Colin loved the church’: Powell recalled as Episcopalian at cathedral funeral

By Adelle M. Banks — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Colin knew his God through all his years,’ said the Rev. Stuart A. Kenworthy, during his homily at Powell’s funeral.
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