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National Day of Prayer to be marked with petitions for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is time for us to stand up and own this racism,’ said a leader of Religions for Peace USA, ahead of its second prayer day event.
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Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.

RNS Weekly News Quiz: April 29, 2021

By Emily Churchill — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of current events in the world of religion.

Historic Houston church leaves United Methodist Church over LGBTQ stance

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — Jan Lawrence, executive director of Reconciling Ministries, said she believes that the longer the denomination’s General Conference is delayed, the more churches will leave.

Despite multiracial congregation boom, some Black congregants report prejudice

By Adelle M. Banks — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — A third of Black Christians say it is hard to gain leadership positions in a multiracial congregation, a new report says.

‘If you have eyes, plagiarize’: When borrowing a sermon goes too far

By Bob Smietana — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — Preachers love to borrow from each other, but the practice can sometimes lead to plagiarism.

Prominent Georgia church leaves United Methodist Church over pastor’s reassignment

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — Mt. Bethel UMC has made clear the root of its conflict with its bishop is not over its stance on LGBTQ inclusion, which previously caused conflict at the church.

Health care organizations find success with faith-based allies in vaccine distribution

By Adelle M. Banks — April 23, 2021
(RNS) — Collaboration between religious officials and health care professionals — from both nonprofit and for-profit companies — has aided efforts to increase access to vaccinations.

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.

Faith leaders praise Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts, acknowledge work ahead

By RNS staff — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — Religious leaders and faith-based organizations reacted swiftly to the verdicts.

The American Rescue Plan is welcome relief for faith communities

By Diane Randall — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — Just as communities of faith have been called on the last 13 months to serve others — with emotional, material and advocacy support — we continue to be called on to support the common good to defeat the pandemic and to defeat poverty.

Last North Carolina immigrant to take sanctuary at a church goes home

By Yonat Shimron — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — Juana Luz Tobar Ortega was the first person to seek church sanctuary in North Carolina in 2017 and she is the last to leave.

Somber, deeply Anglican funeral honors Prince Philip for his service and devotion

By Paul O'Donnell — April 17, 2021
(RNS) — Hewing closely to the traditional Anglican funeral liturgy, the service's hymns and readings reflected Philip's service in the Royal Navy and his environmental work, with only a nod to his Greek Orthodox beginnings.
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