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Dobbs decision and fall of Roe met with rejoicing, dismay from faith groups

By Bob Smietana — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — Religious groups, like most Americans, are divided over the decision. While most Americans say abortion should be legal, many would support restrictions.

Answering the refugee crisis as a matter of faith

By Waseem Ahmad, Anne Burghardt, and Mark Hetfield — June 22, 2022
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Why LGBTQ pride is a Jewish issue

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 20, 2022
(RNS) — The intersectionality of Jews and gays has a particular power and poignancy.

A pioneering Shabbat service marks a new way to observe Jewish Juneteenth

By Yonat Shimron — June 19, 2022
(RNS) —The Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat was the first Jewish service organized and led by Jews of color to mark the annual celebration of freedom that is now a federal holiday.

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.’

A humanitarian is wrongly convicted of helping besieged Palestinians in Gaza

By Daoud Kuttab — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — The case against El Halabi has dealt a blow to the Israeli justice system.

Synagogue challenges Florida abortion law over religion

By Curt Anderson — June 14, 2022
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The lawsuit filed by the Congregation L'Dor Va-Dor of Boynton Beach contends the law that takes effect July 1 violates Jewish teachings.

Israeli lawmaker chided for wishing Palestinians ‘disappear’

By Tia Goldenberg — June 14, 2022
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Matan Kahana's remarks drew condemnation from Palestinian Israeli lawmakers and from his own coalition members.

German federal court rejects bid to remove antisemitic relic

By Geir Moulson — June 14, 2022
Despite the defamatory nature of the original statue, “the legal system does not demand its removal,” the federal court said.

There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion: A scholar of religion, gender and sexuality explains

By Samira Mehta — June 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one.

New book ‘Interpreting Religion’ dares to ask ‘how’

By Kathryn Post — June 13, 2022
(RNS) — How do religious people make meaning? And how are those meanings transmitted, contested and remade?

Conservative rabbis approve new language for nonbinary Jews

By Yonat Shimron — June 8, 2022
(RNS) — Calling people up to the Torah by name is a long-standing Saturday morning practice. Now the Conservative movement has formalized a series of Hebrew terms service leaders can use to call nonbinary people to Torah honors.

Religious leaders in Los Angeles talk abortion rights with Vice President Kamala Harris

By Alejandra Molina — June 8, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘We all are there because we’re people of faith, and our faith traditions make space for women having autonomy over their bodies, and having choice,’ said the Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard.

2/3 of US colleges and universities lack student groups for Muslims, Jews, Hindus or Buddhists

By Dhruba Das, Jonathan S. Coley, and Gary John Adler Jr. — June 7, 2022
(The Conversation) — Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim student organizations are rarities at most colleges and universities. An expert delves into why.
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