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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, was shaped by her minority faith

By Yonat Shimron — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of her Supreme Court chamber: ‘Justice, justice you shall pursue.’

The ‘chai’ charm that keeps this secretary of health grounded in the value of life

By Yonat Shimron — September 17, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Mandy Cohen, North Carolina’s secretary of health and human services, has threaded the needle of this politically charged moment by balancing her devotion to scientific data and her faith.

Influential pastor, Charles Stanley, steps down at First Baptist Church Atlanta after 50 years

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2020

(RNS) — Charles Stanley doesn’t believe in retirement, but the influential pastor is stepping down from his role at First Baptist Church Atlanta.

Buffalo Catholic peace activist Martin Gugino back on his feet, determined to protest

By Yonat Shimron — September 11, 2020

(RNS) — After being knocked to the ground by two Buffalo police officers in June, Gugino is eager to press his case for the right of citizens to protest the government.

Mark Galli, former Christianity Today editor and Trump critic, to be confirmed a Catholic

By Yonat Shimron — September 10, 2020

(RNS) — Galli, who bucked prevailing evangelical sentiments when he penned an editorial in December denouncing the president, says his faith decision has nothing to do with politics.

Chadwick Boseman’s faithful purpose showed from ‘Black Panther’ to his dignified death

By Tyler Burns — August 31, 2020

(RNS) — In a country built on casually snatching our lives away prematurely, he lived to show Black children that they can be poetry, not just prey or property.

His RNC prayer was neutral, but Franklin Graham says the choice for president is not

By Yonat Shimron — August 28, 2020

(RNS) — Graham said the choice in November is clear: Democrats will steer the country toward the socialism of Venezuela or Cuba.

Hong Kong issues warrant for Samuel Chu, an American citizen, activist and pastor’s son

By Kevin Douglas Grant — August 26, 2020

(RNS) — The arrest warrant caught the attention of American officials concerned about Chinese imposition of authoritarian rule in Hong Kong.

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s come-to-Jesus moment

By David P. Gushee — August 26, 2020

(RNS) — Unlike his evangelist father, Jerry Falwell Jr. never seemed to care about the soul of Liberty University or his own. His resignation is a come-to-Jesus moment for him and other evangelicals.

The fall of Falwell: A timeline of the ups, downs and scandals of his Liberty University presidency

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — August 25, 2020

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation is but the resolution of years of smaller scandals. Here’s a look back at the controversies chronicling the rise and fall of his career as president of Liberty University.

Liberty University board accepts Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 25, 2020

(RNS) — The board of Liberty University has accepted the resignation of its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., after a roller coaster day in which Falwell resigned, then withdrew his resignation, then resigned again late Monday night.

Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns from Liberty University. Again.

By Yonat Shimron, Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr., the embattled president of Liberty University and one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, formally resigned from the evangelical Christian university founded by his father Monday evening after revoking a previous resignation earlier in the day.

Medical examiner confirms cause of death for pastor’s missing wife, Marilane Carter

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday (Aug. 21) that the Arkansas State Medical Examiners Office has confirmed a body found in rural Arkansas belonged to Marilane Carter and ruled her death as a suicide.

It’s about time: Kamala Harris and America’s desperate need for women in high offices

By Amy Butler — August 21, 2020

(RNS) — It has been far too long that men have dominated decision-making roles. If our country is to have any hope of rising to the challenges before us — from the pandemic to systemic racism to economic collapse, gun violence and changing climates — we must engage the leadership of committed women.

Rabbi Michael Beals was leading a prayer service. Then Joe Biden showed up.

By Yonat Shimron — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — In a video to air at the Democratic National Convention, Beals recounts the time Biden showed up unannounced at a shiva prayer service for an elderly woman who lived in a subsidized senior citizen high-rise.

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