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Chicago pastor James Meeks bids a tearful farewell after 38 years at Salem Baptist

By Bob Smietana — January 9, 2023
(RNS) — After 38 years as a pastor, Meeks said he wanted to leave while his church was still doing well. The Rev. Charlie Dates, who grew up at Salem, will become pastor of one of Chicago's largest congregations. The farewell service was attended by politicians and friends, including Jesse Jackson and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
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Why ‘Interfaith’ Isn’t a Dirty Word + Simran Jeet Singh

By Roxanne Stone — December 22, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy discuss the ways New York City has exposed us to the beauty and wisdom of other religions, while introducing us to the importance of interfaith work in an increasingly pluralistic society.

Witches and wise men and ‘old magic’: A look at the spookier origins of Christmas lore

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 20, 2022
(RNS) — Pagans and Christians alike can rediscover the ‘reason for the season’ in the old stories and deepen their own beliefs.

Vatican II after 60 years

By Thomas Reese — December 20, 2022
(RNS) — Conservatives, reading Vatican II's documents like biblical fundamentalists, miss what it meant to participants.

Giant menorahs, helicopters, candy cannons announce the arrival of Hanukkah

By Yonat Shimron — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — In the face of growing antisemitism, many Jews are taking to the streets and making the eight-day Festival of Lights very public and very flashy.

2022 in Review: Books! TV! Friendship! Dates! Weird Subway Stuff! + New Year’s Goals

By Roxanne Stone — December 15, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy reflect on the year that was 2022 (better than 2020!) and share some highlights and lowlights.

Missionary pilot Ryan Koher remains in custody in Mozambique, 6 weeks after arrest

By Bob Smietana — December 8, 2022
(RNS) — Government officials arrested the missionary and two South Africans, under suspicion they were supporting insurgents.

We’re OVER the Pastor Power Plays + Diane Langberg

By Roxanne Stone — December 8, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy address some of the difficulties of identifying spiritual abuse and are joined by veteran psychologist and religious trauma expert Diane Langberg.

Black women ministers get ‘affirmation that God sees us‘ at DC event

By Adelle M. Banks — December 7, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The event also focused on women who are not in top roles but who nevertheless serve in ministry in ways they feel called to pursue.

Why I stay: LGBTQ people of faith find ways to belong where doctrine rejects them

By Kathryn Post — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — 'You don’t have to give up your faith to be who you are,' said one LGBTQ Christian.

Amy Grant, ‘queen of Christian pop,’ feted at Kennedy Center Honors

By Adelle M. Banks — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There was only one person who could really fulfill that requirement, and that was Amy,’ Kennedy Center's board chair, in an interview, said of ‘long overdue’ recognition.

An ‘old-school Hindu’ takes on the future of climate

By Kevin Douglas Grant — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — 'He’s very good at understanding how the UN works, how the NGO ecosystem works and where the opportunity is for change.'

Ye’s Trump dinner is a high point for Catholic nationalists’ influence campaign

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — The meeting of Ye, Nick Fuentes and Donald Trump was a win for an extreme, Catholic-leaning subset of Christian nationalism.
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