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A US rabbi bears witness to the trauma in Ukraine one year after Russian invasion

By Yonat Shimron — February 24, 2023
(RNS) — Rabbi Charles Feinberg joined an interfaith delegation that traveled to Kyiv and its surroundings where they saw leveled buildings, displaced people's centers and evidence of human rights abuses and atrocities.
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Samaritan’s Purse sends 52-bed field hospital to Antakya, Turkey

By Yonat Shimron — February 9, 2023
(RNS) — The organization, run by founder and president the Rev. Franklin Graham, said it will also send more than 100 medical and technical staff to the ravaged region.

Top 10 Mormon news stories of 2022

By Jana Riess — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — From a Joseph Smith photograph to David Archuleta's decision to 'step away' from the church, it's been an eventful year.

Some churches leave UMC through formal process; others are suing

By Yonat Shimron — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — Legal action — or the threat of legal action — represents a new strategy on behalf of churches that want to leave the 6.4 million-member United Methodist Church.

Poll: More Protestant pastors say the economy is hurting their churches

By Yonat Shimron — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — The survey also found that most pastors say congregational giving is in line with the previous year.

On Yom Kippur, a Ukrainian couple finds a new Jewish home in North Carolina

By Yonat Shimron — October 4, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Vladislav Bedereu, a ballet dancer and opera singer, and Elizabeth Orela, a theater actress, gave up their lives and livelihoods in Odesa.

From shoeboxes to war zones: How Samaritan’s Purse became a $1 billion humanitarian aid powerhouse

By Yonat Shimron and Bob Smietana — September 9, 2022
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (RNS) — Now one of the largest US nonprofits, its growth has come largely through frontline work in public health crises and natural disasters around the world. 

Wisconsin GOP candidate calls for ‘pitchforks and torches’

By Scott Bauer — September 6, 2022
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tim Michels, Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor endorsed by Donald Trump, is calling for people to “get out on the streets with pitchforks and torches” in reaction to a story detailing his large donations to ant-abortion and church groups.

Long-hidden synagogue mural gets rehabbed, relocated

By Lisa Rathke — August 16, 2022
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — It's a rare representation of a kind of art that graced wooden synagogues in Europe that were largely destroyed during the Holocaust, experts say.

Sanctuaries become art hubs thanks to new space-sharing site

By Kathryn Post — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — Venuely offers a solution for New York City houses of worship in need of income.

Lawyers say church caused suffering for Abe’s alleged killer

By Mari Yamaguchi — July 29, 2022
TOKYO (AP) - The church has been flooded by harassing phone calls, it says, including death threats.

Proclaim debt amnesty throughout all the land? A biblical solution to a present-day problem

By Eva von Dassow — July 27, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of the ancient Near East explains how loan forgiveness was handled thousands of years ago in the Bible and royal decrees.

In an unprecedented food crisis, Buddhist anti-hunger fund meets its moment

By Haley Barker — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — Buddhist Global Relief has challenged Western Buddhists to focus on social engagement.
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