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The Rev. Jason Lydon speaks during a virtual Passover service of Second Unitarian Church of Chicago on March 28, 2021. Video screengrab

Formerly incarcerated, this Unitarian Universalist minister is dedicated to abolishing prisons

By Lyra Walsh Fuchs — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — His ministry may have been born in prison, but Jason Lydon wants to see a society where prisons no longer exist. That dream is connected to his theology, he says.

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The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England, in 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Convictions upheld for British pagans who trespassed at Stonehenge

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 11, 2021

(RNS) — Lawyers for Lisa Mead, Maryam Halcrow and Angel Grace argued the trio had a ‘reasonable excuse’ to enter a restricted area at the prehistoric monument, based on their religious beliefs.

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Intention can turn any lockdown walk into pilgrimage, urges British Pilgrimage Trust

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 9, 2021

(RNS) — Pilgrimage is about traveling, about being a stranger in a strange land, according to the director. The pandemic flips that on its head.

Ohev Shalom – The National Synagogue, 1600 Jonquil Street. © Joel Hoffman, courtesy DC History Center

Dozens of houses of worship, one DC street, a 9-year photo project

By Adelle M. Banks — March 2, 2021

(RNS) — People at the first church ‘were so welcoming that it kind of got our project off to a happy start,’ said one photographer.

This file photo taken June 15, 2015, shows the Resolution Copper Mining area Shaft #9, right, and Shaft #10, left, that await the expansion go ahead in Superior, Ariz. The U.S. Forest Service released an environmental review Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, that paves the way for the creation of one of the largest copper mines in the United States, against the wishes of a group of Apaches who have been trying for years to stop the project. The mountainous land near Superior is known as Oak Flat or Chi’chil Biłdagoteel. It's where Apaches have harvested medicinal plants, held coming-of-age ceremonies and gathered acorns for generations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

US Forest Service temporarily halts transfer of Native American sacred site Oak Flat

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 1, 2021

(RNS) — The move at least temporarily halts the transfer of Chi’chil Biłdagoteel, known widely as Oak Flat, to Australian mining company Resolution Copper.

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.

In this July 22, 2015, file photo, tribal councilman Wendsler Nosie Sr., right, speaks with Apache activists in a rally to save Oak Flat, land near Superior, Arizona, sacred to Western Apache tribes, in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest and deepest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Jan. 12, 2021. Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest Service cannot legally transfer land to international mining company Rio Tinto in exchange for eight parcels the company owns around Arizona. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Native American group files motion to stop mining at sacred Oak Flat site

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Some have compared it to Mount Sinai for the Jews,’ attorney Luke W. Goodrich told Religion News Service.

Lessie Carmichael-Dew of Arlington, Va., displays an elegant black straw hat at a “hat tea'' sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture in early February. The Baptist woman said her hat's ample width is a symbol of the depth of praise for her many blessings. Photo by Steven Cummings, courtesy Anacostia Museum

Can I get an amen? Black Americans’ faith, religious practice detailed in Pew study

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — Senior researcher Besheer Mohamed said that for Black American church shoppers, ‘the race of a congregation and the race of leadership would be not that important.’

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.

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