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Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu waits to receive the 2013 Templeton Prize at the Guildhall in central London on May 21, 2013.  Photo by Paul Hackett/Reuters

How Tutu’s spirituality incorporated Christian mysticism with the African notion of interdependency

By Michael Battle — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Tutu’s worldview of Christian mysticism counteracts the system of apartheid. His Ubuntu incorporates the African Bantu perspective of personhood with a mystical image of God’s diversity in unity.

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DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011. The rapper died April 9, 2021, at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after having a heart attack the week before. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

DMX was my John the Forerunner

By T.C. Moore — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — DMX pointed me to Jesus not through a sermon or a Bible study, but through his bold faith that didn’t paper over his flaws.

From Pamela Dorman Books at Viking, April 2021.

When she doesn’t want a baby

By Jana Riess — April 14, 2021

It’s often assumed that of course women want to be mothers—that this desire is natural, God-given and universal. It’s not, Donna Freitas asserts in the new novel “The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano.”

Holy Communion is offered. Photo by Lininha_bs/Creative Commons

The future of Catholic liturgical reform

By Thomas Reese — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated in the Catholic Church than the liturgy.

Muslims pray as they practice social distancing during an evening prayer called tarawih, marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Chicago's Muslim Community Center on April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.

By Omar Suleiman — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — As you fast from what is ordinarily permissible, you learn to fast from what is prohibited at all times.

Southern Baptist women demonstrating against the faith’s gender role doctrine in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

How complementarianism became part of evangelical doctrine

By Susan M. Shaw — April 13, 2021

(The Conversation) — The belief that God assigned gender roles formed in response to the women’s liberation movement.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, followers of the Hasidic sect of Shomrei Emunim, wearing protective face masks to combat the coronavirus outbreak, attend the funeral of Rabbi Refael Aharon Roth, 72, who died from the virus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

I love all Jews — even the ones I don’t like

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — We Jews are a small people, but we are a large family. 

Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have bolstered the conservative wing of the Supreme Court. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak

By Steven K. Green — April 13, 2021

(The Conversation) — Prioritizing religious liberty claims over health and bias concerns, the conservative majority has skewed the concept.

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington on Oct. 4, 2018. The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings. The order from the court late Friday, April 9, 2021, is the latest in a recent string of cases in which the high court has barred officials from enforcing some coronavirus-related restrictions applying to religious gatherings. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

How SCOTUS is selectively ‘restoring’ religious liberty

By Mark Silk — April 12, 2021

(RNS) — A court bent on finding an absence of neutrality can always find something.

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, left, has drawn recent attention from a poem of hers included in the book “A Rhythm of Prayer: A collection of Meditations for Renewal”. Image courtesy of, and Amazon

A white woman’s response to the ‘Prayer of a Weary Black Woman’

By Amy Julia Becker — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — Her prayer makes me uneasy, but may help me see why Chanequa Walker-Barnes may hate someone like me.

Howard Thurman teaches a college class. Thurman came to know Martin Luther King Jr. at Boston University. Photo courtesy of Emory University

Thank you, Howard Thurman: Remembering an American spiritual master

By Or N. Rose — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — On the anniversary of Thurman’s death, it’s worth recalling how this towering figure moved on a very human level.

Syrians displaced by the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria wait to receive tents and aid supplies at the Bardarash refugee camp, north of Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

How the church can be a better evangelical witness to displaced people

By Eugene Cho — April 8, 2021

(RNS) — We have a duty not to let our politics blind us to the image of God in our neighbors.

A copy of the book

If a Dr. Seuss book offends us, why not pluck it out?

By Tara Isabella Burton — April 8, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Canceling’ problematic media properties provides us with a way to talk about the complicated nature of desire.

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