Why I am hunger striking to end caste discrimination

By Thenmozhi Soundararajan — September 15, 2023
(RNS) — We ask Gov. Newsom to sign California's historic anti-discrimination bill.

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are times for soul-searching, but not on your own – community has always been at the heart of the Jewish High Holidays

By David L. Graizbord — September 15, 2023
(The Conversation) — Community is vital in Jewish ritual and tradition, and the High Holidays are no exception, a Judaic studies scholar writes.

After the Birmingham bombing, a Rosh Hashana sermon to remember

By Mark Silk — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — From the rabbi caught in the middle of the road.

Mainline Protestants, though divided politically, make room for clergy’s views

By Melissa Deckman — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — America’s nonevangelical white Christians are cultivating healthy political discourse.

The latest US Census figures show the harm done by letting poverty programs expire

By David Beckmann — September 13, 2023
(RNS) — The success of COVID-era programs followed by an immediate reversal after they ended makes clear that the persistence of poverty is a political choice.

Painting asylum-seekers as potential threats is an old, cynical game

By Avi Shafran — September 13, 2023
(RNS) — Fears of malefactors entering the U.S. among legitimate asylum-seekers are overblown.

How September 1993, when Latter-day Saints leaders disciplined six dissidents, continues to trouble the church

By Benjamin Park — September 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — Many faiths face conflicts over dissent and institutional control. In Latter-day Saints history, the episode around the ‘September Six’ is particularly memorable.

Three anniversaries will force issues of religious persecution at the UN General Assembly

By Knox Thames — September 12, 2023
(RNS) — Whether world leaders grapple with interconnecting issues of religion and global affairs remains to be seen, but they cannot afford to ignore them.   

What do Jews want to hear on the High Holy Days?

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 12, 2023
(RNS) — To my rabbinical colleagues, just when you thought you were done with your sermons.

Is synodality just another word for collegiality?

By Thomas Reese — September 12, 2023
(RNS) — Pope Francis is doing his best not to get bogged down in debate over what synodality means.

Why Jerusalem’s Latin patriarch opened church courts to non-Catholic lawyers

By Daoud Kuttab — September 11, 2023
(RNS) — A courageous decision gives more people access to the law.

On 30 years of Mormon belonging and not-belonging

By Jana Riess — September 11, 2023
(RNS) — I became a Mormon 30 years ago with both eyes open, and that has made all the difference.

“Rabbi, about the dust on my windows…”

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 11, 2023
"Never forget what your eyes have seen and your ears have heard." I won't. I can't.

Saudi reforms are softening Islam’s role, but critics warn the kingdom will still take a hard line against dissent

By Nathan French — September 11, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar who has closely followed reforms that MBS has made to Wahhabism, an austere form of Islam, explains the changes taking place in the Saudi kingdom and their impact.

‘On 9/11 there was a sense of unity in the country. We’ve taken a collective step back.’

By Simran Jeet Singh — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — A surgeon who volunteered at Ground Zero recalls the aftermath.
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