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In this July 29, 2009, file photo, financial guru Dave Ramsey sits in his broadcasting studio in Brentwood, Tenn. Ramsey Solutions later moved to a new corporate headquarters in Franklin. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

Former employee sues Dave Ramsey’s company for alleged religious discrimination, ‘cult-like’ atmosphere

By Bob Smietana — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — The lawsuit claims employees have to submit to Ramsey as a spiritual leader and agree with his views on COVID-19, with no questions allowed.

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The Rev. Jason Lydon speaks during a virtual Passover service of Second Unitarian Church of Chicago on March 28, 2021. Video screengrab

Formerly incarcerated, this Unitarian Universalist minister is dedicated to abolishing prisons

By Lyra Walsh Fuchs — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — His ministry may have been born in prison, but Jason Lydon wants to see a society where prisons no longer exist. That dream is connected to his theology, he says.

Ms. Penny Cost delivers a message during the Hope United Methodist Church virtual service in Bloomington, Illinois, on April 11, 2021. Video screengrab

First drag queen certified as a candidate for United Methodist ministry ‘speaking in a new way to new people’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — Isaac Simmons is the first openly gay man to be certified within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and, as far as anyone can tell, the first drag queen certified in the United Methodist Church.

The Rev. James Coates preaches at GraceLife church, near Edmonton, Alberta. Video screengrab

Protesters rally to cause of ‘jailed’ Canadian church as pastor awaits trial

By John Longhurst — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — The pastor is a former student of the Rev. John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, who has resisted COVID-19 restrictions there.

Liberty University's Sparky the Eagle is seen before an NCAA football game on Nov. 14, 2020, at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Shaban Athuman)

Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu smiles as he celebrates his 86th birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wessels)

New book explores how Desmond Tutu’s Christian mysticism helped unite a nation

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — In his new book, ‘Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor,’ Michael Battle delves into the ways Tutu’s religious formation shaped a vision that helped topple apartheid and unite a riven nation.

Muslim artifacts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, gift of Imam Derrick Amin

During Ramadan, Black history museum features prayer rugs, other Muslim artifacts

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — The collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture includes ‘The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an,’ signed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

A cloud of volcanic ash hovers over Kingstown, on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, on April 10, 2021, a day after the La Soufriere volcano erupted. (AP Photo/Lucanus Ollivierre)

Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — A local pastor and international relief agencies plan to assist St. Vincent residents with physical and spiritual needs during what is expected to be a long recovery.

Colton Underwood from the reality series “The Bachelor” appears during an interview in New York on March 13, 2019. Underwood, the former football tight end who found fame on “The Bachelor,” has revealed that he is gay. (AP Photo/Gary Gerard Hamilton, File)

‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood says he’s gay and calls faith ‘no longer conditional’

By Alejandra Molina — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — In an interview on ‘Good Morning America,’ Underwood said revealing his truth has made him ‘closer to God.’

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Meet Mercy Haub: The 16-year-old cancer survivor and preacher’s kid who inspired Ellen

By Bob Smietana — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — After a friend’s dad died of cancer, a Seattle teen made raising money to fight cancer one of her life’s goals. Then she faced her own illness.

Sikhs pray during Vaisakhi celebrations at Guru Nanak Darbar of Long Island, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Hicksville, N.Y. Sikhs across the United States are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations this week, joining people of other faiths in observing major holidays cautiously this spring as COVID-19 keeps an uneven hold on the country. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

By Margaret Stafford, Gary Fields — April 14, 2021

LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — U.S. Sikhs are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations, joining people of other faiths in observing holidays cautiously this spring due to COVID-19.

Pope Francis addressed an online symposium on sexual abuse. Photo by Vatican Media

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.

A sticker from a Planned Parenthood rally in New York City. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states

By Jack Jenkins — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — ‘As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,’ said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

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