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Robert E. Cooley, center right, shows a Dothan vase to Museum of the Bible fellow board members and staff in 2010 in Oklahoma City. Cooley hadn’t seen the vase in over 50 years, but he immediately recognized it and gave the date he discovered it. Photo by Jerry Pattengale

‘Wisdom gushing out of him’: A remembrance of Robert E. Cooley

By Jerry Pattengale — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Cooley, former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, died Thursday (April 1) at age 91.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy. The 39-year-old Nobel laureate was the proponent of nonviolence in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly)

On an Easter shadowed by the Lorraine Motel, recommit to justice

By J. Lawrence Turner — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Fifty-three years after MLK’s assassination, we must transform a place of bloodshed into inspiration for a better world.

This combination of Sept. 29, 2020, photos shows President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Younger US Mormons voted for Biden, but Trump performed well overall

By Jana Riess — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Millennials and Mormons of color chose Biden over Trump, but overall, two-thirds of US LDS Church members voted Republican.

Some evangelical leaders are trying to counter Christian nationalist misinformation over vaccines. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Some who identify as Christian nationalists believe they will be protected from any disease.

People raise their hands in praise while singing in church. Photo by Carolina Jacomin/Unsplash/Creative Commons

Behind Gallup’s portrait of church decline

By Wesley Granberg-Michaelson — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — America’s religious life will be shaped not by secularization alone.

People visit a Christ sculpture at the Santa Maria Magdalena Church during Holy Week in Granada, Spain, on March 29, 2021. (Photo by Álex Cámara/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Why parts of Good Friday worship have been controversial

By Joanne M. Pierce — March 31, 2021

(The Conversation) — Prayers for Jews and veneration of the cross are often misunderstood as anti-Semitic or racist.

Photo by Jo Hilton/Unsplash/Creative Commons

ASL Bible shows that God speaks in sign languages too

By Robert L. Briggs — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — Millions of American churchgoers have been without access to the Bible in their native language.

Wearing a face mask, a devotee of the “Nazareno de San Pablo” holds a cross as she watches a statue of Jesus pass by in a vehicle during Holy Week commemorations in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 8, 2020. The annual procession, in which pilgrims normally take to the streets, was not allowed this year due to quarantine laws to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus, so the Catholic Church is driving the religious icon around the capital for people to see from their homes. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Despair and hope in Holy Week

By Thomas Reese — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — Our world, like Holy Week, is full of bad news. We need to remember to also look for goodness.

Marchers carry a large rainbow flag down Congress Street during the annual Pride parade in Portland, Maine. Photo by Mercedes Mehling/Unsplash/Creative Commons

Black religious leaders, stand with our LGBTQ family

By Cornel West, Frederick A. Davie — March 30, 2021

(RNS) — Black LGBTQ leaders have labored alongside us so that all Black Americans could experience equality.

People leave incense sticks in a pot of rice to honor the eight victims of the Atlanta area spa shootings during a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Is he weeping over our gun problem?

By Shane Claiborne — March 30, 2021

(RNS) — The gun crisis in America is a spiritual and moral crisis.

Nina Belitskaya, an 89-year-old retired librarian, holds the matzo box she received from JDC this year in Poltava, Ukraine. Tens of thousands of elderly Jews in the region receive matzo boxes from JDC for the Passover holiday. Photo courtesy of JDC

In a Ukrainian librarian’s matzo, a story of Passover freedom

By Alex Weisler — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — An 89-year-old’s journey teaches us to share our freedoms to build meaningful community.

Photo by Sandy Millar/Unsplash/Creative Commons

You deserve to stop suffering: After a year like 2020, it’s finally time to address those relational issues

By Lysa TerKeurst — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — 2020 may have been the year that brought painful, dysfunctional patterns to the surface, but 2021 will be the year you start moving forward.

President Russell M. Nelson leaves the morning session of a twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Mormon Israel and the problem with “Let God prevail”

By Jana Riess — March 29, 2021

The overall idea of translating “Israel” as “let God prevail” ignores the original story, in which Jacob actively refuses to let God prevail.

A Passover Seder plate with wine and matzo. Photo by Mikael Häggström/Creative Commons

Is it time for us to rethink the Passover plagues?

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 28, 2021

(RNS) — The modern Pharaoh is denial. OK, pun intended.

The Angel of Death and the First Passover in Egypt. Image courtesy of Creative Commons

Passover’s promise of a safer place is America’s story this year

By Gabrielle Giffords — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — The former congresswoman and gun safety activist on Passover in a time of trauma.

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