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I have faith: A secular response to tragedy

By Tzemah Yoreh — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — God won’t help us, but faith can. Not faith in any higher power, but faith in ourselves, in the collective power of humanity to effect change for the better.
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Half of US Mormons are COVID-19 ‘vaccine hesitant’ or ‘vaccine refusers,’ study shows

By Jana Riess — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — The study finds Mormons believe in vaccinations in general, and they trust their church leaders to do the right thing. Yet church leaders have been urging members to get the COVID-19 shot, and half don't want to.

Politicizing Biden’s faith is pastoral malpractice

By John Gehring — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.

Giving while Muslim: How Ramadan philanthropy has changed from 9/11 to COVID-19

By Muhi Khwaja — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Twenty years after 9/11, American Muslims’ giving priorities have shifted to funding civil rights and social justice movements at home.

The Biden Communion stories are stupid

By Thomas Reese — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — The bishops’ conference denying Communion to Biden is about as likely as the National Governors Association impeaching the president.

Connecticut’s religious anti-vaxxers file suit

By Mark Silk — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Three mothers say a law eliminating the faith exemption for school vaccinations violates their free exercise rights.

Indians are forced to change rituals for the dead as COVID-19 rages

By Natasha Mikles — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Families want their loved ones cared for quickly, but there is a shortage of people who can do the funerals.

The evangelical sexual abuse crisis is the spiritual warfare of our time

By Karen Swallow Prior — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — My accident taught me what happens to victims of abuse and how trauma works.

Stopping sexual harassment where religious communities meet

By Azza Karam, Audrey E. Kitagawa, Cassandra Lawrence, Katherine Marshall — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — The interfaith movement will become irrelevant if it does more to protect reputations than keep leaders accountable.

Philanthropists and politicians: Religion is not a problem to solve, it’s a partnership opportunity

By Michael Wear — May 3, 2021
(RNS) —  It is certainly within the rights of philanthropic and political institutions to 'not do religion,' but such an approach undermines any meaningful, holistic commitment to community or place-based humanitarian efforts in much of this country.

Who are the ‘evil doers’ in ‘Shtisel’?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — Why the show's Uncle Nuchem — and many Haredi Jews — hold an anti-Zionist political theory, and why it is wrong.

Mormons’ petitions help to save historic artwork in Manti Utah Temple

By Jana Riess — May 1, 2021
(RNS) — Many are breathing a sigh of relief that Teichert's murals, as well as other irreplaceable pieces of art and history, will be saved from destruction.

A day of national tragedy in Israel

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — In large measure, this has been the worst day in the history of modern Israel. Let's study some Talmud in order to understand it.
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