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Judge blocks Western Michigan’s vaccine mandate for athletes

By David Eggert — September 1, 2021
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The four athletes — Emily Dahl, Hannah Redoute, Bailey Korhorn and Morgan Otteson — said they were denied religious exemptions to play without getting a dose.

As kids return to school, we must protect their right to rest. Sabbath practices can help.

By Kate H. Rademacher — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — We must provide support and make space for kids to rest. In my family, this has involved recommitting to a weekly Sabbath observance.

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID

By Emily Wagster Pettus — August 31, 2021
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican governor Tate Reeves said he believes Christians are ‘a little less scared’ of COVID-19 because of their belief in eternal life.

‘OK millennial’: Don’t blame the boomers for decline of religion in America

By Ryan Burge — August 30, 2021
(RNS) — It was the millennials, not the boomers, who walked away from church.

NRB spokesman Dan Darling fired after pro-vaccine statements on ‘Morning Joe’

By Bob Smietana — August 27, 2021
(RNS) — Daniel Darling, senior vice president of communications for the National Religious Broadcasters, was fired Friday (Aug. 27) after refusing to say his pro-vaccine statements were mistaken.

National Dog Day 2021: Meet Petey the Beagle, associate pastor and greeter

By Kathryn Post — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — 'It seems a little strange, but (pet ministry) is mission, it's evangelism, it's education, it's hunger relief, it's pastoral care. All those things are part of the church.'

‘I kept putting God in too small of a box’: Five clergy on their unexpected callings

By Renée Roden — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — For some, following a call to minister has meant going to the margins.

Episcopal Diocese of Maine mandates vaccine for clergy

By Kathryn Post — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — Bishop Thomas J. Brown’s decision is one of the first vaccine mandates for clergy in the U.S.

During the High Holy Days, ‘each of us is a cemetery’

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — How do we confront our losses during this sacred season? The final moments of ‘Shtisel’ contain the answer.

New podcast finds ‘work-life-faith balance’ for modern Muslim parents

By Joseph Hammond — August 24, 2021
(RNS) — Unlike in other parenting podcasts, ‘discipline’ is as likely to mean spiritual accountability as toddler timeouts.

Namaste nationalism: Yoga, whiteness and extremism on Jan. 6

By Dheepa Sundaram — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — Liberal v. conservative divisions are a flawed way to understand what happened at the Capitol.

‘Bracing for the worst’ in Florida’s COVID-19 hot zone

By Kelli Kennedy, Cody Jackson — August 20, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The patients at Baptist Health’s five hospitals across Jacksonville are younger and getting sick from the virus faster than people did last summer.

Stop gloating over COVID-19 deniers falling ill. Focus on the miracles of kindness.

By Amy Laura Hall — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — Those of us who are vaccinated should not be so proud as to declare ourselves such.

Clearing up the Catholic confusion about vaccine mandates

By Charles C. Camosy — August 13, 2021
(RNS) — Conscience comes before all else.

Feucht, Locke and the like are a sideshow — quit letting them distract you

By Ed Stetzer — August 12, 2021
(RNS) — Since both are quick to cite their First Amendment rights, I’m going to use mine now to call Christians to a better way and implore the media to resist making them representative of the Christian faith. They are not.
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