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As Hurricane Laura hits, faith-based disaster relief groups ready to lend a hand  

By Bob Smietana — August 27, 2020

(RNS) — Working closely with FEMA, faith-based groups are among the first responders when disasters strike.

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Solidarity, not charity: Why mutual aid reemerged in the pandemic, and is flourishing amid protests

By Aysha Khan — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — Through mutual aid, activists and faith leaders argue, communities can bring to life a better world — one that is free of hierarchies.

More than $689,000 raised for small churches at risk of closure during COVID-19

By Alejandra Molina — May 22, 2020

(RNS) — Although the relief fund will end at the end of the month, the initiative will transition to regional, city and state-based ‘Churches Helping Churches’ efforts.

More than $400,000 so far raised for small churches at risk during COVID-19

By Alejandra Molina — April 28, 2020

(RNS) — Through the relief fund, 109 churches have been earmarked for funding. More than 1,010 applications for funding have been submitted.

New York City Muslims work to build food security during Ramadan

By Aysha Khan — April 28, 2020

(RNS) — One project in Brooklyn will distribute free gift cards for Muslim-owned businesses among working-class immigrant families in the area.

Gift drive for the children of Muslim inmates seeks to serve the ‘hidden ummah’

By Aysha Khan — April 20, 2020

(RNS) — With prison systems nationally shutting down outside visitation due to the pandemic, one Muslim chaplain is working to help close the gap between incarcerated Muslims and their families.

Top Muslim leaders launch grant initiative to protect imams from layoffs

By Aysha Khan — April 15, 2020

(RNS) — With mosques’ biggest fundraisers of the year in jeopardy, a new initiative led by four prominent imams aims to protect the livelihoods of mosque staff around the country.

Larger churches urged to help smaller ones survive during pandemic

By Alejandra Molina — April 6, 2020

(RNS) — An application process opened Monday (April 6) for small churches to apply for $3,000 grants.

Muslim groups join forces to raise $500,000 for coronavirus relief grants

By Aysha Khan — April 3, 2020

(RNS) — A Muslim-led crowdfunding campaign has raised nearly $500,000 to offer micro-grants to low-income American families whose livelihoods have been hurt by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

How not to get overwhelmed by the pandemic

By Paul O'Donnell — March 30, 2020

(RNS) — Thinking can become distorted in a crisis, causing us to fall into panic, denial or grief. A psychologist who studies resilience talks about how to keep perspective.

Two strangers just saved my dog’s life

By Jana Riess — March 27, 2020

It would be terrible if we came out of this pandemic as something less than human. But after yesterday, I think the kids are all right.

Houses of worship pitch in to help those left vulnerable by virus outbreak

By Aysha Khan — March 19, 2020

(RNS) — City Road Chapel near Nashville, Tennessee announced a Bar and Restaurant Workers Help Fund this week, one of many faith groups assisting food-service workers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. 

The problem of ‘social distancing’ for women who already do too much

By Jana Riess — March 17, 2020

(RNS) — Women are at risk for depression even in the best of times — and the uncharted territory we’re now entering is not going to be the best of times.

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