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My pro-life mom worked at Planned Parenthood — her legacy shapes my pro-choice hope

By Erin S. Lane — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — She told me of the consequences of a life that happens to you and not with you.

Columbia Theological Seminary accused of racism amid influx of Black students

By Kathryn Post — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — A beloved admissions director was terminated. He claims it’s part of a cycle of discrimination and retaliation.

Reacting to Dobbs, Israel makes abortion more accessible

By Michele Chabin — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz explicitly linked the committee’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson case, which will make it possible for several states to ban most abortions.   

Afghan Taliban hold clerics’ assembly, aiming to boost rule

By Rahim Faiez — June 30, 2022
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The international cut-off of Afghanistan’s financing has deepened the country’s economic collapse and fueled its humanitarian crises.

India Hindus begin pilgrimage in Kashmir amid heavy security

By Aijaz Hussain — June 30, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In massive security arrangements, tens of thousands of police and soldiers carrying automatic rifles and wearing flak jackets have been deployed to guard the pilgrimage.

The ‘sonnenrad’ used in shooters’ manifestos: a spiritual symbol of hate

By Helen A. Berger — June 30, 2022
(The Conversation) — The far-right today shares more than just ideas with white supremacists of yesterday – they also share some pagan-inspired symbols.

Does religious freedom in America have a prayer?

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — It was not a simple prayer on the 50-yard line. It was a cultural statement about religion in America, and it is not good.

What happened to United Methodists’ proposal to split the denomination?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — Before United Methodists could vote on the widely endorsed plan, traditionalists went ahead and launched a new denomination and several representatives of centrist and progressive groups revoked their support.

Pope Francis pushes to purge liturgy of ideology in new document

By Claire Giangravé — June 29, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The liturgy, the pope wrote, should not be in service to ‘an ideological vision.’

Anti-abortion movement faces internal divisions after Roe’s fall

By Bob Smietana — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — After the Dobbs decision, abortion foes hope to ban abortion where they can and find ‘creative approaches’ like shareholder activism to punish abortion rights supporters.

Grand Rapids church won’t remove gay deacon, votes to appeal denomination’s order

By Yonat Shimron — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church was ordered by the denomination to reverse its decision to ordain a deacon in a same-sex marriage. It has refused.

America’s religious communities are divided over the issue of abortion: 5 essential reads

By Kalpana Jain — June 29, 2022
(The Conversation) — Scholars explain why many see abortion access as a religious freedom issue and what the views of different faiths are on ‘ensoulment,’ the point at which the soul is believed to enter the fetus.

Mormons now look liberal on abortion — by not changing

By Jana Riess — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — The GOP has swung so far to the right that Mormons’ nuanced abortion stance, once commonly accepted by fellow conservatives, now looks liberal by comparison.

Hindu man killed as religious tensions boil in India

By Krutika Pathi and Sheikh Saaliq — June 29, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — Experts worry that the latest incident could worsen India’s religious fault lines that critics say have deepened since Hindu nationalist Modi came to power in 2014.

The church-state divide, never a wall, isn’t about to fall

By Avi Shafran — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — The court long ago made clear the line of separation ‘is a blurred, indistinct, and variable barrier.’
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