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California Christian groups fight post-Roe measures to expand abortion rights

By Alejandra Molina — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — 'So many of us have worked for a large part of our lives to see Roe end and then to realize that as Roe is ending, California is increasing abortion — that is very difficult.'

Religious leaders in Los Angeles talk abortion rights with Vice President Kamala Harris

By Alejandra Molina — June 8, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘We all are there because we’re people of faith, and our faith traditions make space for women having autonomy over their bodies, and having choice,’ said the Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard.

California Sikh man sues sheriff’s office for delaying investigation into racist threats

By Alejandra Molina — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — 'No one deserves to feel threatened in their own community, and law enforcement — both police and prosecutors — simply must do better,' said Amrith Kaur Aakre, the Sikh Coalition's legal director.

With new solo album, Sonny Singh comes full circle

By Simran Jeet Singh — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — Activist and musician Sonny Singh's first solo album blends politics, music and Sikh faith.

White House’s Melissa Rogers affirms religious diversity as interfaith group expands

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘There’s so much that unites us if we are only willing to look for that unity and work side by side,’ Rogers said at the event launching Interfaith America.

Caste doesn’t just exist in India or in Hinduism – it is pervasive across many religions in South Asia and the diaspora

By Aseem Hasnain and Abhilasha Srivastava — May 5, 2022
(The Conversation) — Several US universities now recognize caste as part of nondiscrimination policies. Two scholars of South Asian studies explain how caste-based violence isn’t limited to Hinduism, or to India.

National Day of Prayer observances to feature in-person worship, online petitions

By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Proclaimed by Congress in 1952, the prayer day has been observed since 1988 on the first Thursday in May, with a more diverse array of participants in recent years.

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff touts ‘critical’ interfaith collaboration

By Adelle M. Banks — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — Emhoff spoke about how his interfaith marriage reflected the observance of major Jewish and Christian holidays in quick succession.

Interfaith Trolley offers inspiration and a whirlwind tour of religion in America

By Bob Smietana — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — A convergence of major religious holidays led the way to a day of interfaith fellowship and education.

Hate crimes should not be judged by intent alone, but by how they affect all of us

By Norman Chen and Nitasha Kaur Sawhney — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — It is high time that we change how we recognize and respond to hate.

Holy days converging in April spark interfaith celebrations

By Luis Andres Henao — April 18, 2022
(AP) — In addition to Passover, Easter and Ramadan, holy days occurring in April this year include the Sikhs' and Hindus' Vaisakhi, the Jains' Mahavir Jayanti, the Baha’i festival of Ridvan, and the Theravada Buddhist New Year.

What is the Sikh festival of Baisakhi and why is it so sacred?

By Simranjit Khalsa — April 14, 2022
(The Conversation) — Originally a spring harvest festival, Baisakhi acquired religious significance after the10th Sikh guru created the Khalsa, a distinctive Sikh identity, on this day.

Sikhs sue US Marine Corps over hair and beard restrictions

By Alejandra Molina — April 12, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I’m prepared to fight for the right to do my job while staying true to my faith with no caveats, asterisks, or discriminatory restrictions,’ said Capt. Sukhbir Singh Toor of the U.S. Marine Corps.

An awakening is coming to American religion. You won’t hear about it from the pulpit.

By Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt — April 12, 2022
(RNS) — The future of American religion resides with innovative lay leaders who focus on empowerment, rather than power.

It’s beyond time to remove bans on religious attire from sports uniforms

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 4, 2022
(RNS) — Kids shouldn't have to choose between love of sport and love of religion.
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