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Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history

By Nomi Stolzenberg — October 19, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — Religion has always played a strong role in shaping the composition of the United States Supreme Court. The specific nature of that influence, however, has changed over time.

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Episcopal men’s ministry loses board members, chapters over response to George Floyd’s death

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.

Unlike most Christian women’s conferences, the Ally Virtual Tour isn’t shying away from politics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The four-week Ally Tour kicked off Monday (Oct. 5) and brings together a number of female Christian leaders to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.

New book links the decline of religious authority to the end of empathy

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — John Compton’s ‘The End of Empathy’ shows how the collapse of religious authority in the 1960s led Christians to evangelical megachurches that resist any efforts at social reform.

Biden campaign labels racism as religious issue at post-debate event

By Adelle M. Banks — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Christians, Jews and Muslims ‘better have an answer for why it’s not their essential issue in this election,’ said facilitator Jim Wallis.

Faith-based organizations express outrage over plan to cut refugee admissions to historic low — again

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — In recent weeks, several faith-based organizations involved in refugee resettlement had asked the Trump administration to raise that number to its historic average: 95,000.

Black church turnout effort mobilizes against alleged voter suppression

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — Some groups previously ‘never worked this tightly together because the stakes are higher,’ one Black church network leader said.

Lutherans ask Trump administration to admit more refugees as deadline looms

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy in the US largest Lutheran denomination are asking the administration to admit at least 95,000 in the 2021 fiscal year, which begins in October.

Churches hit home run with services in ballparks and stadiums as COVID-19 cancels sports

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 24, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (RNS) — With many sports canceled for the season, some churches — like South Bend City Church — have filled the stands at the empty stadiums and ballparks in their neighborhoods.

Texas United Methodists take up call to replace denomination’s logo over association with racist imagery

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — One of the United Methodist Church’s regional conferences has taken up the call to replace the denomination’s ‘Cross and Flame’ logo because of its association for many with the racist imagery of a burning cross.

Priest supports whistleblower allegations at ICE facility as Christian leaders weigh in

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — Sister Simone Campbell and the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are among those calling for Homeland Security to investigate allegations of neglect and a high rate of hysterectomies at an immigrant detention center.

In Oregon, churches and anti-fascists unite to provide mutual aid to fire evacuees and others in need

By Alejandra Molina — September 22, 2020

(RNS) — Mutual aid groups are partnering with churches to set up donation drives and tent distribution centers with hygiene kits, school supplies, clothing and food.

ICE apprehension on church grounds violated federal policy, say faith leaders

By Jack Jenkins — September 21, 2020

BALTIMORE (RNS) — The incident is the latest example of escalating tensions between faith-based sanctuary movement activists and the Trump administration.

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