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David Crosby was my first Bible teacher

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 24, 2023
(RNS) — He lived hard, played well, sang beautifully and died in a good old age. What else could you ask for?

Faith-based organizations urge Biden not to enact ‘asylum ban’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — The proposed policy 'borders on a wealth test for some of the most vulnerable children and families,' said one advocate.

After Roe, 50th March for Life a turning point for national, state abortion protests

By Adelle M. Banks and Jack Jenkins — January 19, 2023
(RNS) — Since last summer’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, much of the focus of the abortion fight has moved to statehouses.

Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians unite in support for Apache fight to save Oak Flat

By Alejandra Molina — January 18, 2023
(RNS) — Congress approved the transfer of the land to Resolution Copper in 2014 in exchange for 6,000 acres elsewhere, but the Western Apache claim that the site has unique spiritual meaning.

How New York has answered religiously motivated hate crime

By Tori Luecking — January 17, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — A wildly diverse city takes a multifaceted, interagency and interfaith approach to faith-based security efforts.

King scholar applies his philosophies of truth to a ‘post-truth age’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Dr. King argued that no religion has a monopoly on truth,’ said Lewis V. Baldwin, emeritus professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University.

Some of my best friends are Islamophobic

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — Remember Dr. King by fighting back against the small bigotries of life.

Israel’s new hard-line government has made headlines – the bigger demographic changes that caused it, not so much

By Michael Brenner — January 11, 2023
(The Conversation) — Two religiously observant groups of Jews in Israel, the ultra-Orthodox and Religious Zionists, are increasingly acting as political allies. The consequences could be profound.

Why Israel’s Orthodox Jewish parties want to narrow the country’s ‘Law of Return’

By Avi Shafran — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — The Orthodox parties see the law as a recipe for increased intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews.

Israel. Relationship: Complicated

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — He was the greatest Jewish hero of the last two hundred years. Time to meet him.

PHOTO GALLERY: The history and diversity of African American religious rituals

By Adelle M. Banks — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — A new photo book from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explores Black history through its range of spiritual traditions.

Cornel West, Robert George mark Jan. 6 anniversary with call for courageous leaders

By Adelle M. Banks — January 9, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘This country desperately needs courageous spiritual leadership,’ said the Rev. Eugene Rivers at the anniversary event, to ‘speak to the existential crisis that confronts us.’

Jewish teachings greet Los Angeles drivers in billboard campaign

By Alejandra Molina — January 6, 2023
(RNS) — The billboards come at a time when cases of antisemitism are on the rise around the country.

Alan Lightman’s new TV series explores where humans fit in the universe

By Yonat Shimron — January 6, 2023
(RNS) — In the new three-part series, the scientist interviews some of the brightest minds about the thorniest questions. How did life first emerge? Why are we here?

Why a visit by Israel’s national security minister to Al-Aqsa Mosque caused a firestorm

By Daoud Kuttab — January 6, 2023
(RNS) — Israel must decide whether its future will be as a modern democracy or a theocracy. 
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