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Martin Luther King Jr.’s hard words for white Christians

By Robert P. Jones — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — King’s exasperation at self-satisfied white Christians holds up a mirror that is still painfully accurate today.

What we won’t hear on Martin Luther King Day, and what we need to hear

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — Our memory of King’s ‘Dream’ speech has been reduced to sanitized sound bites.

Yes, this was about the Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 16, 2022
(RNS) — Don’t gaslight the Jews. We know exactly what happened in Colleyville.

Black faith leaders’ proud legacy on civil rights should include LGBTQ rights

By Sabrina E. Dent — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — Black Christians know too well how discrimination can hide behind appeals to religious freedom.

As Pope Francis’ critics vent their anger, what comes out is vaccine disinformation

By Phyllis Zagano — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — The number of Catholics alike ignoring church teachings demonstrates a large leak in the barque of Peter.

Stay alive in the meantime: Notes at the top of 2022

By Danté Stewart — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — To be completely honest, I thought this year would begin not with questions but with resolutions.

To define or not to define antisemitism? That’s a good question.

By Mark Silk — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — A 2016 definition has lent itself to a range of uses — some positive, others not so much. 

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

By Anthony Siracusa — January 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — MLK’s vision for nonviolence included abolishing what he called triple evils – racism, poverty and militarism.

Why Ruth Wisse matters

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 13, 2022
A Yiddish lesson -- from one of the greatest thought leaders of our time.

Indian farmers won over the Indian government. What now?

By Gunisha Kaur and Simran Jeet Singh — January 12, 2022
(RNS) — The Indian farmers’ victory gave us hope, but it’s just the beginning.

Mark, a Gospel for Ordinary Time

By Thomas Reese — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Of the four Gospel writers, Mark is the one you would not want to invite to dinner. But he is the one who will challenge you to listen more carefully and to think more deeply about Jesus.

Growing old with grace and kindness: The life and lives of Sidney Poitier

By Greg Garrett — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Sir Sidney Poitier changed the film world on the way to changing the larger world.

Women are finding new ways to influence male-led faiths

By Thalia Plata and Emily Costello — January 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal.

Reader: What do you think of responsive readings? Congregation: Yawn

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — If you have ever found responsive readings to be boring ...

How American couples’ ‘inter-Hindu’ marriages are changing the faith

By Murali Balaji — January 10, 2022
(RNS) — The couples marrying and raising the next generation now are redefining what it means to be Hindu in America.
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