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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.
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Religious groups mustn’t stall on accessibility, disability activists say

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It’s not just a legal duty, or human rights duty. It’s a spiritual duty.’

How the Capitol attacks helped spread Christian nationalism in the extreme right

By Jack Jenkins — January 26, 2022
(RNS) — For many in the right-wing extremist fringe, Christian nationalism is becoming a shared language.

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.

Since Jan. 6 attacks, spiritual leaders unify to combat Christian nationalism

By Alejandra Molina — January 7, 2022
(RNS) — The Jan. 6 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol drew recent attention to the phenomenon of Christian nationalism, but religious and spiritual leaders acknowledge its existence long before that.

Here’s how Southern Baptist women found ways to lead outside the denomination

By Susan M. Shaw — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — Many Southern Baptist women who left the denomination took leadership roles in other churches, educational institutions and organizations.

Orthodox Jewish women’s leadership is growing – and it’s not all about rabbis

By Michal Raucher — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — Religious leadership roles for Orthodox Jewish women are expanding, including community scholars and guides on Jewish law.

What partnership looks like in Mormon marriages is shifting – slowly

By Caroline Kline — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — LDS leaders still stress that men should ‘preside’ over their families. But in recent years, messages about marriage have stressed more equal partnership.

More Orthodox Jewish women are ordained; change is uneven

By Yonat Shimron and Ilan Ben Zion — December 14, 2021
(RNS/AP) — While the larger Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have ordained women rabbis for decades, the Orthodox fold has only recently begun tapping women to leadership roles.

Mormon women’s influence expands despite priesthood ban

By Holly Meyer and Lindsay Whitehurst — December 14, 2021
(AP) — While women are not filling the leadership roles traditionally held by men, 'women’s positions are being expanded.'

Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can

By Bob Smietana Of Religion News Service and Holly Meyer Of The Associated Press — December 13, 2021
(RNS/AP) — Few congregations could function without the work of female members. Still, there is tension in the Southern Baptist Convention over the role of women.

In Hinduism, women create spaces for their own leadership

By Deepti Hajela — December 13, 2021
(AP) — Women in Hinduism globally lead by building communities, taking on positions in organizations and passing on knowledge.

In Buddhism, women blaze a path but strive for gender equity

By Luis Andres Henao — December 9, 2021
(AP) — As Buddhism has grown in the West and Asian Buddhist societies have been influenced by feminism, there’s more awareness of the importance of women’s leadership.
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