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New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori

By Nick Perry — August 15, 2022
WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — Whanganui Māori have a saying: Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au: I am the river, and the river is me.

Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 15 children

By Samy Magdy — August 15, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Witnesses said there were many children inside the four-story building, which had two day care facilities.

Bruxy Cavey credibly accused in 3 cases of sexual abuse and 1 sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — For the first time, leaders of the Toronto-area church said Cavey’s behavior amounted to sexual abuse, not just sexual harassment or abuse of power as it had previously maintained.

The day my grandparents left our ancestral village in South Asia for good

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — I pledged not to let the hate of the partition eclipse my love of humanity.

Non-affirming views continue to complicate HIV/AIDS response in Black churches

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — A new study highlights an overall negative attitude toward homosexuality in the Black church. Now, Black LGBT clergy members are working to combat stigma in congregations about the public health issues of HIV and AIDS.

What does it mean to be a ‘person’? Different cultures have different answers

By Robert Launay — July 12, 2022
(The Conversation) — The fundamental issue at stake in abortion debates is personhood, which is viewed differently around the world, an anthropologist writes.

Republicans keep mostly mum on calls to make GOP ‘party of Christian nationalism’

By Jack Jenkins — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'When they fail to speak out against this, they're surrendering the future of their party to the Marjorie Taylor Greenes of the world,' said Brian Hughes of American University's Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab.

5 things you need to know from the ELCA Churchwide Assembly

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 12, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — The denomination's first meeting since the pandemic saw the election of the first Asian American vice president, as well as support for the #Landback movement and a long-awaited apology.

Department of Justice to investigate Southern Baptist sexual abuse

By Bob Smietana — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — News of the federal investigations comes several months after the nation's largest denomination passed new reforms aimed at addressing abuse.

Synagogue of judge who approved Trump’s search warrant cancels Shabbat service

By Yonat Shimron — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — The vitriol against Reinhart is part of an escalation of antisemitic animus propelled by Trump's fervent supporters.

The climate bill is our generation’s moonshot. Failure is not an option.

By Joshua Hammerman — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — As Ron Howard's new movie shows, our new adventure means digging deep, not going high.

You support BDS? I’m quitting your fan club!

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'It's only rock 'n' roll, but I like it.' Not always. Not when they don't like me.

Cómo una congregación latina en California se encontró en el centro del ajuste de cuentas racial de la ELCA

By Alejandra Molina — August 12, 2022
Los líderes de la denominación, que es 96% blanca, dicen que se esfuerzan por "convertirse en una iglesia multiétnica y multicultural" mientras lidian con las acusaciones de racismo.

75 years after India’s independence, a lost generation recovers its Hindu faith

By Murali Balaji — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — Indian Hindus who grew up after independence have never fully processed the trauma of colonialism.

How a Latino congregation in California found itself at the center of ELCA’s racial reckoning

By Alejandra Molina — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Leaders of the denomination, which is 96% white, say they’re striving toward ‘becoming a multiethnic and multicultural church’ as they grapple with accusations of racism.
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