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For dying congregations, a ‘replant’ can offer new life

By Bob Smietana — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — As congregations become smaller and smaller, some are being ‘replanted’ by applying the lessons from start-up congregations to older, dying churches.
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Local Indigenous groups worry Bears Ears Monument will limit access to ritual space

By Joseph Hammond — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — The initial push for the monument was supported by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, but the two closest chapters of the Navajo Nation resisted the plans. At stake are two different visions of how to best protect sacred land.

Meet Anne Wilson, a 19-year-old singer behind ‘My Jesus,’ a surprise Christian hit

By Bob Smietana — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — A family tragedy has led the Kentucky teen to unexpected success as a Christian musician.

For atheists, the idea of aliens seems real. Religious people doubt it.

By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) —  A new study finds that atheists think there just might be aliens out there. Evangelicals are not so sure.

Fate of rock churches of Lalibela raises concerns among US Ethiopians

By Joseph Hammond — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — 'My heart is broken for us Ethiopians in America and around the world. Our life is dismantled,' said Kesis Asteraye Tsige, an Ethiopian priest in Kansas City.

Women church planters hope to give Christianity a fresh start

By Bob Smietana — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — If evangelical churches want to reach people with the gospel, they need the skills of women and men of all backgrounds, say leaders like the Rev. Liz Rios.

A rebel and freedom fighter, Elaine Mokhtefi translates their remarkable life in her husband’s memoir

By Joseph Hammond — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — 'I Was a French Muslim' recounts the role of Islamic faith and Catholic priests in the French Algerian War.

Oh Baby, Baby: Amy Grant’s biggest hit turns 30

By Bob Smietana — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Amy Grant’s ‘Heart in Motion’ sold more than 5 million copies and made her a household name. Thirty years later, the record has been rereleased.

Halimi and Oubaali: Boxing champions united by different faiths

By Joseph Hammond — June 22, 2021
(RNS) — Two French bantamweights, one Jewish, one Muslim, rode boxing from the edges of French society to international prominence.

Meet Mercy Haub: The 16-year-old cancer survivor and preacher’s kid who inspired Ellen

By Bob Smietana — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — After a friend’s dad died of cancer, a Seattle teen made raising money to fight cancer one of her life’s goals. Then she faced her own illness.

In ‘The Salvage Crew,’ a Buddhist AI poet seeks aliens and enlightenment

By Bob Smietana — February 17, 2021
(RNS) — Yudhanjaya Wijeratne's new novel was created with the help of an AI poet and a few computer programs — and explores his love of poetry and his Buddhist background.

Keith and Kristyn Getty’s Sing! conference goes online, focuses on singing at home

By Bob Smietana — August 29, 2020
NASHVILLE (RNS) — Hymn writer Keith Getty hopes the pandemic will lead to a renewal of singing at home. That message will be part of the Getty Music annual Sing! conference, which will be held online this year.

From civil rights to no nukes: A look at historic protest photos

By RNS staff — June 11, 2020
(RNS) — Clergy and faith leaders have a long history of involvement in protests. Here’s a look back at some religious engagement in historic demonstrations.
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