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From the filibuster to DC statehood, clergy rally around a growing voting rights agenda

By Jack Jenkins — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — "I hear Jesus saying to America: 'I was hungry and you filibustered,’" said the Rev. Freddy D. Haynes.

Israel criticized for silencing call to prayer from Al-Aqsa Mosque

By Daoud Kuttab — April 16, 2021
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) — The move reportedly came after the agency that oversees Jerusalem’s holy sites refused to voluntarily turn off loudspeakers for a ceremony at the Western Wall.

Liberty University sues former President Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 million, citing conspiracy, breach of contract

By Bob Smietana — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — Liberty University claims its former president failed to live up to the school's moral code.

Study: Multiracial Methodist churches draw and keep more people than their white counterparts

By Yonat Shimron — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — The 6.6 million-member United Methodist Church is predominantly white. But its racially diverse congregations are faring better than white churches at a time when the denomination as a whole is experiencing declining attendance.

Former employee sues Dave Ramsey’s company for alleged religious discrimination, ‘cult-like’ atmosphere

By Bob Smietana — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The lawsuit claims employees have to submit to Ramsey as a spiritual leader and agree with his views on COVID-19, with no questions allowed.

RNS Weekly News Quiz: April 15, 2021

By Emily Churchill — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of this week's religion news, from leadership changes at Liberty University to one faith's spring holiday.

Interfaith campus partnerships are building bridges to overcome our divisions

By Shirley Hoogstra, Eboo Patel — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — When we listen to those who believe differently, we grow in our own faith.

In Los Angeles, a pair of art exhibitions centers the Black worship experience

By Alejandra Molina — April 15, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Through sculptures, paintings, video and performances, the artists explore the impact of Black Pentecostalism drawing 'upon the choreography and sonics of possession found in Black spirituality.'

Pope Francis criticizes ‘paternalism’ of populist politicians

By Claire Giangravé — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The video message was delivered to participants at an international online conference, 'A Politics Rooted in the People,' and included Catholic groups in the United States, European Union and United Kingdom.

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.

First drag queen certified as a candidate for United Methodist ministry ‘speaking in a new way to new people’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — Isaac Simmons is the first openly gay man to be certified within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and, as far as anyone can tell, the first drag queen certified in the United Methodist Church.

Protesters rally to cause of ‘jailed’ Canadian church as pastor awaits trial

By John Longhurst — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The pastor is a former student of the Rev. John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, who has resisted COVID-19 restrictions there.

Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.

New book explores how Desmond Tutu’s Christian mysticism helped unite a nation

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — In his new book, ‘Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor,’ Michael Battle delves into the ways Tutu’s religious formation shaped a vision that helped topple apartheid and unite a riven nation.

How Tutu’s spirituality incorporated Christian mysticism with the African notion of interdependency

By Michael Battle — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — Tutu’s worldview of Christian mysticism counteracts the system of apartheid. His Ubuntu incorporates the African Bantu perspective of personhood with a mystical image of God’s diversity in unity.
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