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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.

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Al, left, and Andi Tauber met in the 1980s, when they were students at Illinois Wesleyan University. After trying different denominations, they settled on the urban Mennonite Church, and for the past 20 years they’ve worked with male street prostitutes in Chicago. Photo by Jules Wecker

‘God would not have brought you this far to kick you to the curb now’

By Monique Parsons — May 22, 2020

For Andi and Al Tauber, life among refugees and men living on the street is filled with music, kindness, and a lot of experience with “the God of compost.”

Andi and Al Tauber, on guitar, perform parts of

How two Mennonite musicians turn street ministry into a song

By Monique Parsons — May 22, 2020

(RNS) — Mennonite musicians Andi and Al Tauber bring kindness, music and love to their work with refugees and male sex workers.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks with the press on Oct. 5, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Emil Handke, courtesy of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Al Mohler, Southern Baptist leader, says he was ‘stupid’ to defend slavery in 1998 CNN interview

By Jonathan Merritt — May 15, 2020

(RNS) — The Rev. Al Mohler, longtime Southern Baptist leader, repudiated past comments defending slavery, calling them ‘stupid,’ says he is ashamed of seminary title with a link to slaveholder.

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