Conservatives balk at Sikh prayer, but diverse religious voices are a convention tradition

By Jack Jenkins — July 17, 2024
Monday wasn’t even the first time Harmeet Kaur Dhillon has offered a Sikh prayer at an RNC gathering, nor was she the first to do so.
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At RNC, an uneven, awkward embrace of religious pluralism

By Jack Jenkins — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — As a Republican official led a Sikh prayer, images of Christian crosses flashed behind her.

United Methodists elect a third openly gay, married bishop

By Yonat Shimron — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Kristin Stoneking will replace Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly gay married bishop, who, at age 66, is retiring.

In ‘Disciples in the Moonlight,’ US Christians are persecuted and the Bible is banned

By Kathryn Post — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Mike Pence praised the Christian action film as a 'cautionary tale' that should 'inspire people of faith to do even more to protect religious freedom in America.'

Pastors see a wariness among Black men to talk abortion politics as Biden works to shore up base

By Darren Sands — July 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (AP) — Phoenix pastor the Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr. has had countless discussions this election season with fellow Black men on the economy, criminal justice, immigration and other issues dominating the political landscape in their battleground state of Arizona. But never abortion.

On anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s death, her art’s spirituality keeps fans engaged around the globe

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — July 16, 2024
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Her take on life and spirituality sparked a connection between her paintings and her viewers, many of whom remain passionate admirers of her work on the 70th anniversary of her death.

National Eucharistic Congress, a Catholic mega-event, to kick off evangelization year

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — 'I have this sense that we as a nation are about to experience a profound breakthrough,' the Rev. Josh Johnson, an emcee of the congress, said.

Five faith facts about Trump’s VP pick, JD Vance

By Jack Jenkins and Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — If Trump is elected, Vance would be the second Catholic vice president in US history — after Joe Biden.

Religious exemptions to Title IX on trial again in appeals case against US Dept of Ed

By Chloë-Arizona Fodor — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — With the support of 19 state attorneys general, the Hunter plaintiffs are back in court to make their case against LGBTQ+ discrimination in religious higher education institutions.

How Pope Francis has threaded dissent from right and left to avoid schism

By Claire Giangravé — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — Despite Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s recent excommunication for schism, experts believe that an actual split in the church is highly unlikely.

The gods must be angry: Mexico ‘cancels’ statue of Greek god Poseidon after dispute with local deity

By Fabiola SÁnchez — July 15, 2024
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s environmental protection agency said late Thursday that the Poseidon statue lacked permits.

Faith leaders, politicians invoke God’s protection for Trump in wake of shooting

By Paul O'Donnell — July 13, 2024
(RNS) — Many also asked for prayers for the country as a whole and the polarized political landscape.

Matt Chandler under fire as podcast alleges Village Church hired father despite known abuse

By Kathryn Post — July 12, 2024
(RNS) — The allegations, which were shared in the 'Bodies Behind the Bus' podcast earlier this week, have sparked controversy online.
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