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Tom Flynn, Free Inquiry editor, author and secular humanist leader, dies at 66

By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — A prolific writer, Flynn was known for his passion for big ideas and his sense of humor.

Nadia Bolz-Weber installed as ELCA’s first pastor of public witness

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — 'We are acknowledging that Nadia has a ministry that goes far beyond the walls of any one church,' the installing bishop told RNS.

The fundamentalist who created today’s conservative template

By Mark Silk — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — Meet a New Jersey pastor named Carl McIntire.

Franklin Graham calls for a day of prayer for people of Afghanistan

By Yonat Shimron — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — Graham has been sharply critical of President Biden’s pullout from Afghanistan, saying, "the blood of this nation' will be on his hands."

In a Maoist-impacted region of India, an Indigenous activist continues to fight in memory of the children she couldn’t save

By Priyadarshini Sen — August 12, 2021
DELHI, India (RNS) — ‘In this land of fire and gunshots we have to keep fighting this ideological war against state repression and Maoist violence,’ said Indigenous activist Soni Sori.

Christian ethicist Donald W. Shriver Jr., who called America to repent of racism, dies

By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2021
(RNS) — The former president of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Shriver believed public repentance was the only hope for 'a future less evil than our pasts.'

Faith groups accuse GOP senators of ‘apparent anti-Muslim animus’ for stalling Biden nominee

By Jack Jenkins — August 9, 2021
(RNS) — 'We are deeply concerned by the apparent anti-Muslim animus driving this unprecedented action against Dilawar Syed,' the religious groups wrote in a letter to the Senate committee.

Willow Creek pastor Dave Dummitt tests positive for COVID-19 on heels of Global Leadership Summit

By Bob Smietana — August 8, 2021
(RNS) — The megachurch pastor is isolating at home while the church does contact tracing.

White House appoints liaison to Jewish community

By Yonat Shimron — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — Chanan Weissman also served as President Barack Obama's Jewish liaison during the last year of his presidency.

Kent Hovind, controversial creationist preacher known as ‘Dr. Dino,’ arrested in domestic assault case

By Bob Smietana — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — Hovind, who claims that dinosaurs and humans once lived together, was released from prison in 2015 after serving time for tax fraud. He told his YouTube followers he is being falsely accused.

Samrath Singh, first turbaned Sikh to play NCAA baseball, is more than the challenges he has overcome

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I’m confident in who I am and I love myself, and the people around me, my own beliefs, and my religion, have helped me accept myself and be proud of who I am,’ said New Jersey native and Boston College senior Samrath Singh.

Police allege Hillsong founder concealed child sex abuse

By Rod Mcguirk — August 5, 2021
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Houston, 67, suggested the charges related to allegations that his preacher father, Frank Houston, had abused a boy over several years in the 1970s.

New survey shows most Catholics have no idea who Cardinal McCarrick is. That’s a problem.

By Kerry Weber — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — That the highest-profile case of abuse in recent memory is unfamiliar to over half of the Catholics surveyed reveals a major communication problem within the church, particularly around the abuse crisis.

Voddie Baucham’s publisher defends Fault Lines against plagiarism claims

By Bob Smietana — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — The author of a popular anti-CRT book has been accused of misquoting sources and plagiarism. His publisher says the accusations are not ‘well-founded.’

The untidiness of Marie Kondo’s eclectic spirituality

By Kaitlyn Ugoretz — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — Kondo describes aspects of her spiritual brand as inspired by Shinto, but the ideal KonMari lifestyle is presented as one in which we adopt and adapt whatever practices 'feel right.'
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