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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The many stories of Diwali share a common theme of triumph of justice

By Natasha Mikles — November 13, 2020
(The Conversation) — The Indian festival of lights is arguably the most important holiday of the year for South Asian families.

Kamala Harris talks about her own faith and how it might influence a Biden-Harris White House

By Maina Mwaura — October 28, 2020
(RNS) — In an email Q&A, the vice presidential nominee shows how she thinks about the government’s role in protecting people of faith and ensuring religious freedom.

Brandeis University stands by caste-bias ban despite pushback from Hindu activists

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — October 19, 2020
(RNS) — A year-old ban against caste bias, says the Hindu American Foundation, is a ‘deeply problematic’ remedy for a largely nonexistent problem.

Hindu nationalists see Muslim jihad everywhere in India

By Bhavya Dore — October 5, 2020
(RNS) — The Quran's concept of the term 'jihad' is being framed as a conspiracy against India's Hindu majority.

In the midst of deep grief, a scholar writes how Hindu rituals taught her to let go

By Ketika Garg — October 2, 2020
(THE CONVERSATION) — Rituals can hold the core beliefs of a culture and provide a sense of control in an otherwise helpless situation.

Why ‘namaste’ has become the perfect pandemic greeting

By Jeremy David Engels — October 1, 2020
(The Conversation) — As people the world over are choosing to ditch the handshakes and hugs for fear of contracting the coronavirus, namaste is becoming the perfect pandemic greeting.

Calling all women: It’s time to take our stand together against tyranny and injustice

By Faith in Public Life — September 30, 2020
(RNS) — Every holy text we follow, from the Quran, Torah and Bible to the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, demands a moral obligation to the most marginalized people in society.
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