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In fight against ‘tyranny,’ Michigan board declares itself ‘constitutional county’

By Yonat Shimron — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — In drafting the resolution to become a ‘constitutional county,’ commissioners relied on the writings of a Wisconsin pastor who promotes the idea of resistance to civil authorities.
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Traditional Buddhist teachings exclude LGBTQ people from monastic life, but change is coming slowly

By Jue Liang — December 8, 2022
(The Conversation) — Traditional ordination into a Buddhist monastic life requires meeting guidelines based on male and female genders.

For India’s ‘third sex,’ acceptance is slowed by colonialism’s legacy

By Kalpana Jain — December 8, 2022
(RNS) — Nineteenth-century British colonial rulers dramatically altered the prevailing cultural understanding of gender identity and morality.

Friction over LGBTQ issues worsens in global Anglican church

By Chinedu Asadu, David Crary Of The Associated Press, and Catherine Pepinster Of Religion News Service — December 7, 2022
(AP/RNS) — The divide came into the spotlight four months ago at the communion’s Lambeth Conference, typically held once every decade to bring together bishops from the more than 165 countries.

Asexual Latter-day Saints face an added dilemma: Finding their place in a tradition focused on marriage

By Loretta LeMaster and ben Brandley — December 7, 2022
(The Conversation) — Recent years have put more attention on LGBTQ people’s struggle for acceptance in the LDS church, but asexual Latter-day Saints face unique challenges.

Why I stay: LGBTQ people of faith find ways to belong where doctrine rejects them

By Kathryn Post — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — 'You don’t have to give up your faith to be who you are,' said one LGBTQ Christian.

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Edna Tarigan — December 6, 2022
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — LGBTQ people routinely are rejected by their families, denounced by Islamic authorities and limited to clandestine social lives.

For Indonesia’s transgender community, faith can be a source of discrimination – but also tolerance and solace

By Sharyn Graham Davies — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Indonesia has criminalized same-sex sexuality, but trans people are finding support in some trans-inclusive mosques and churches.

Orthodox Judaism can still be a difficult world for LGBTQ Jews – but in some groups, the tide is slowly turning

By Orit Avishai — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Orthodox Jewish communities are still difficult places for many LGBTQ people. Yet the view, once ubiquitous, that Orthodox tradition is incompatible with their identities is gradually shifting.

LGBTQ students wrestle with tensions at Christian colleges

By Yonat Shimron Of Religion News Service and Giovanna Dell'orto Of The Associated Press — December 5, 2022
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP/RNS) — Tensions endure at many of the hundreds of US Catholic and Protestant universities.

The American Renewal Project wants to mobilize pastors for the Republican Party

By Yonat Shimron — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — The goal is to bring Christianity back into the public square.

Disability theology: How religious beliefs can help or hinder accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — A faith community with ramps and sign language interpreters can still embrace harmful theology.

10 ways to make your worship space less ableist

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to ending ableism, but disability activists spoke with RNS about where religious communities can start.
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