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A group of insurrectionists pray inside the U.S. Senate chamber after breaching the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Video screengrab via Luke Mogelson/The New Yorker

The insurrectionists’ Senate floor prayer highlights a curious Trumpian ecumenism

By Jack Jenkins — February 25, 2021

Exploring the unusual spiritual ties unifying the Capitol insurrectionists.

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reacts after a play against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

For Latter-day Saints like Andy Reid of Kansas City Chiefs, football and faith go hand in hand

By Bob Smietana — February 5, 2021

(RNS) — More than a century ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the game of football were both in crisis. The two found each other — and the relationship transformed the sport and the faith.

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Imbolc’s celebration of hearth and home resonates with Pagans in a pandemic year

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 1, 2021

(RNS) — Many Imbolc traditions revolve around the Celtic goddess Brigid, who shares the sabbat’s associations with transformation, inspiration, wisdom, fertility and the hearth fire, among other things.

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RNS Valentine’s Day gift guide 2021: Sweet and silly ideas for February’s semireligious gift-giving occasions

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 26, 2021

(RNS) — Here are some silly, sweet and sincere gift ideas to show your affection for the people of faith — or no faith — in your life.

Jen Hatmaker prays during the interfaith National Prayer Service hosted by the Washington National Cathedral on Jan. 21, 2021. Video screengrab

Jen Hatmaker apologizes for line in inaugural prayer critiqued as erasing Native Americans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 21, 2021

(RNS) — ‘If God gave this land to anyone, it was to the Native community who always lived here,’ Hatmaker said.

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 Ritual Life Planner” created by Casper ter Kuile. Photo by Julieanne Marie Photography

2021 might be unpredictable, but don’t ditch your datebook. Planning can be a spiritual exercise

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2021

(RNS) —  The beginning of another pandemic year largely locked down at home, the future still uncertain, may be the perfect time to flip the page in a new planner.

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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.

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Moms of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin portrayed in new book

By Adelle M. Banks — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — The book by Anna Malaika Tubbs about Alberta King, Louise Little and Berdis Baldwin provides details of their lives of faith, discipline and sacrifice.

The four fellows of Abrahamic House, Hadar Cohen, from left, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky share a Christmas greeting from their residence in Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

What four strangers of different faiths learned while living together during a pandemic

By Alejandra Molina — January 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky were chosen as fellows for an interfaith experiment known as the Abrahamic House. They come from different faiths: Baha’i, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Jake Angeli, center, better known as the “QAnon Shaman,” and other supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Heathens condemn storming of Capitol after Norse religious symbols appear amid mob

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Lea Svendsen, a heathen author, said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see her articles of faith at the center of the violence.

The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

117th Congress, like the old, is overwhelmingly Christian, heavily Protestant

By Yonat Shimron, Emily McFarlan Miller — January 4, 2021

(RNS) — Whereas about a quarter (26%) of US adults are religiously unaffiliated, only one member of the 117th Congress — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema — described herself that way.

Dancers perform during the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2, which was streamed on Amazon Prime. Video screengrab

5 ‘in real life’ religion and pop culture clashes from 2020

By Roxanne Stone, Emily McFarlan Miller — December 30, 2020

(RNS) — Kanye ran for president. Rihanna faced backlash from Muslims. A French-language film caused many conservative religious people to #CancelNetflix.

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