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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, was shaped by her minority faith

By Yonat Shimron — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of her Supreme Court chamber: ‘Justice, justice you shall pursue.’

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Brene Brown, Zondervan pull support for enneagram expert, Chris Heuertz, after sexual harassment accusations

By Yonat Shimron — June 16, 2020

(RNS) — The decision by Zondervan follows a public post by 33 women who wrote that the Christian Enneagram expert ‘has harmed many people and we cannot remain silent anymore.’

Activists call for justice, equal remembrance of Breonna Taylor on her 27th birthday

By Kathryn Post — June 5, 2020

(RNS) — On what would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday, theologians and activists lament the insufficient response to her March murder; some see it as a symptom of the systemic devaluing of Black women.

COVID-19 delayed a United Methodist schism. But it has left LGBT members in limbo.

By Nathan Romo — May 20, 2020

(RNS) — The COVID-19 pandemic canceled a meeting that might have split the United Methodist Church. But the delay left LGBT United Methodists in limbo.

A new book on Tara explores a portal to the divine in a female form

By Yonat Shimron — May 14, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Author Rachael Wooten hopes Tara’s different emanations can help people overcome suffering and cultivate compassion, even if they never embrace Buddhism.

Pope Francis helps a small trans community financially struggling due to the pandemic

By Claire Giangravé — April 30, 2020

(RNS) — Many of the transgender women are sex workers and have been left with no income to pay rent or bills since Italy enacted a national quarantine in early March.

Opposition to Samaritan’s Purse Central Park field hospital grows

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2020

(RNS) — LGBTQ activists stood several yards away from Samaritan Purse’s field hospital on the East Meadow lawn on Tuesday (April 14) and blasted city and state officials and Mount Sinai Hospital for partnering with the evangelical humanitarian relief organization.

Why white evangelicals are at odds with America

By Mark Silk — March 15, 2020

(RNS) — They are increasingly losing ground to the mainstream.

A young woman’s suicide puts focus on church’s counseling for LGBT Catholics

By Carina Julig — January 29, 2020

(RNS) — After Colorado barred gay conversion therapy for minors, the death of a once-devout college student has spurred debate about how religious counselors handle homosexuality.

Arizona Supreme Court gives Christian artists a lot less than they asked for

By Mark Silk — September 23, 2019

(RNS) — Two graphic artists claim that the ruling means that Phoenix’s anti-discrimination law “cannot compel us to imagine and create custom artwork that violates our beliefs.” Actually, that’s not the case. 

The other Russian collusion story

By Mark Silk — March 25, 2019

Between the Christian right and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Seven states launch investigations in wake of Pennsylvania clergy sex abuse report

By Jack Jenkins — September 6, 2018

(RNS) —  Law enforcement officials in at least seven states appear to be launching their own inquiries of their Catholic dioceses, focusing on church files thought to contain decades of allegations of child sex abuse by priests.

A transgender priest finds a new life helping others on the margins

By Jane Roberts — September 4, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (RNS) — In the makeshift chapel at Constance Abbey, an Episcopal way station for the homeless here, Mother Gillian Klee restarts her life as a priest, and a woman.

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