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Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain groups merge

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — The merger is a response to increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of faiths but also no faith at all.

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In this April 11, 2020, file photo, a person films pastor Nicolas Sanchez, center left, celebrating Easter Vigil Mass at his church, decorated with candles and pictures sent by his parishioners attached to their pews, at St. Patrick Church in North Hollywood, California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

California legislator wants religious services deemed essential during state of emergency

By Alejandra Molina — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — Sen. Brian Jones, a Republican in San Diego County, introduced a piece of legislation on Friday (Feb. 12) that would allow a religious organization to file a claim for relief if it has been subjected to ‘government overreach.’

In this Oct. 3, 2018, file photo, the Cisco logo appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. California regulators sued Cisco Systems for discriminating against an engineer at the company’s headquarters because he is a Dalit Indian. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Under guise of protecting workers, California defines (and demonizes) Hinduism

By Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria — February 2, 2021

(RNS) — In defining caste as we know it as a Hindu concept, the state paints a major world faith as inherently discriminatory.

Activists protest against ‘love jihad’ laws being proposed, in Bangalore, India, on Dec. 1, 2020. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images)

The problem with India’s ‘love jihad’ laws

By Sumit Ganguly — January 27, 2021

(The Conversation) — The Hindu nationalist-led government is reviving opposition to religious conversion that goes back to British India.

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband, Doug Emhoff, holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Kamala Harris can show Americans how we share our faiths

By Khyati Y. Joshi — January 21, 2021

(RNS) — In Harris’ America, people can be steadfast in their own faith and part of their own religious community and still engage with other traditions.

In this image from video, Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, from left; Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California; and Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Georgia, on the floor of the Senate, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

The Rev. Raphael Warnock sworn in with two others as new senator

By Adelle M. Banks — January 20, 2021

(RNS) — Warnock was sworn in with Georgia’s second new senator, Jon Ossoff, who is the state’s first Jewish senator, and Alex Padilla, California’s first Latino senator.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, places his hand on the Biden family Bible held by his wife Jill Biden, center, as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, during an official ceremony at the Naval Observatory on Jan. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden’s family Bible anchors faith-infused inaugural events

By Adelle M. Banks — January 19, 2021

(RNS) — Beyond the invocation and benediction at the inauguration itself, unofficial events will mostly be online and far different from the festivities of previous years.

The proposed Biden administration. Illustration by Kit Doyle

In Biden’s Cabinet, Catholics and Jews dominate

By Yonat Shimron — January 19, 2021

(RNS) — One group not represented in Biden’s Cabinet picks? White evangelicals, the group most loyal to President Donald Trump.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at an interfaith civil rights rally at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on June 30, 1964. Photo by George Conklin/Creative Commons

Martin Luther King Jr. faith events continue in time of COVID-19 and Capitol chaos

By Adelle M. Banks, Alejandra Molina — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — Many online gatherings that mark King’s birthday and the holiday in his honor will apply his messages to the current crises the country is facing.

A protester holds up a sign that reads

Advancing religious freedom abroad starts at home

By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — On this Religious Freedom Day, we are concerned about the rising threats around the world, but we are hopeful for progress in the years ahead.

Suneeta, 16, is a Hindu girl who was abducted and converted to Islam in the city of Badin, Pakistan. Photographed on March 14, 2019, Suneeta is now back with her mother but is wary about her future, fearing another abduction by Muslim men. RNS photo by Naila Inayat/ARA Network

Each year 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam

By Kathy Gannon — December 28, 2020

(AP) — The conversions, which pave the way for underage, non-consensual marriages, have accelerated during lockdowns against the coronavirus, human rights activists say.

Social activist Faisal Khan, center, of Khudai Khidmatgar, an organization founded by freedom fighter Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, addresses a press conference while seated with activist and education reformer Sandeep Pandey, right, and Prafulla Samantara in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Why Indian activist Faisal Khan should matter to all Americans

By Timothy Dobe — December 11, 2020

(RNS) — An Indian Muslim’s imprisonment may seem an unlikely cause to draw Hindus and Christians together.

RNS holiday gift guide 2020: Puzzles, prayer cards and more gifts for staying in

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — Religion News Service is bringing back our holiday gift guide, full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

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