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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.

‘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."

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.

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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