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As Roe falls, religious abortion-rights advocates prepare for next steps

By Jack Jenkins — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — 'We vow to keep fighting,' said Jody Rabhan, chief policy officer for the National Council of Jewish Women. 'This is not the end. There are things that we can do.'
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The theological ethicist who didn’t mince words

By Mark Silk — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Remembering a journalistic encounter with James Gustafson.

Answering the refugee crisis as a matter of faith

By Waseem Ahmad, Anne Burghardt, and Mark Hetfield — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Faith groups are usually the first responders when people are displaced, and the last.

Spirituality and service play essential and understudied roles in mental health

By Daniel Bergner — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Given the walls biomedical psychiatry has run into, it’s time to pay attention to the connections experts are drawing among spirituality, service and mental health. 

Church shooting survivor: Gunman ‘disengaged,’ sat alone

By Kim Chandler — June 21, 2022
(AP) — The suspected gunman had previously attended church services and a few church gatherings but didn't seem to interact much with others.

Grappling with the sacred in Juneteenth’s celebration of freedom

By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, Marika Proctor, and Paul O'Donnell — June 19, 2022
(RNS) — With Juneteenth falling on Sunday this year, Christians especially are taking the opportunity to consider the spiritual charge of the day.

Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor ‘forms of policy murder.’

‘You wear out’: How chronic illness grounds and inspires William Barber’s activism

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
Earlier this year, Barber contacted Religion News Service to open up about his health struggles in detail for the first time.

Gunman kills 3 seniors over potluck dinner at Alabama church

By Kim Chandler and Jay Reeves — June 17, 2022
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers got a call at around 6:20 p.m. reporting an active shooter at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills, said Police Capt. Shane Ware.

Elizabeth II’s 70 years as head of the Church of England

By Catherine Pepinster — June 3, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — While Defender of the Faith has been, over the years, an inherited title and little more, Elizabeth II embraced it and made it her own.

As religious landscape shifts, reshaped seminaries shed their campuses

By Kathryn Post — June 3, 2022
(RNS) — 'The seminary is not a building, and the work we do is not confined to these walls,' said one seminary president.

Meet the first minister of gun violence prevention

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 1, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. Deanna Hollas urged Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations to host Guns to Gardens events at their churches, inviting — and sometimes incentivizing — gun owners to hand over their weapons to be turned into garden tools.

Asian American Christians see more work for the church to do to stop AAPI hate

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — 'In some ways, I think we have more to grieve now than we did one year ago after the March 16 Atlanta massacre,' said the Rev. Michelle Ami Reyes, vice president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative.
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