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Why I miss Estelle Harris. Even her voice.

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — Estelle Harris deserves ‘serenity now.’

America is exceptional — in its addiction to violence and war

By Shane Claiborne — April 4, 2022
(RNS) — It's been 55 years, but Martin Luther King's historic speech, 'Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,' rings out as true as ever. To our shame.

Disinviting Alice Walker is not cancel culture

By Avi Shafran — April 4, 2022
(RNS) — We cannot shrug at antisemitic conspiracy theories — especially coming from a celebrated human rights advocate.

My Ukrainian teacher

By Mark Silk — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — And why his work matters at the present moment.

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston resigns after revelations of indiscretions with women

By Roxanne Stone — March 23, 2022
(RNS) — In a statement posted on its website Wednesday, the board said it had accepted Houston's resignation and acknowledged 'there will be much emotion at this news.'

Russian Orthodox eye expansion in Africa, maybe Turkey as well

By Tom Heneghan — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — Sanctions that have threatened the Russian economy, experts say, could also put the brakes on any expansion by the Russian church.

Franklin Graham, Russia and the ‘Moralist International’

By Mark Silk — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — The war in Ukraine has made strange bedfellows of the international religious right.

Revolution with ease: Six books by Black women on justice

By Andre Henry — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — Women writers center an ease and pleasure rarely encountered in the work of Black male revolutionaries.

Hillsong board blames anxiety drug, alcohol for landing Brian Houston in a woman’s hotel room

By Roxanne Stone and Bob Smietana — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — The board of the global megachurch released a statement revealing its cofounder had sent inappropriate text messages to a staff member and spent time in a woman's hotel room.

Ukraine’s only woman rabbi among the many Jews fleeing war

By Vanessa Gera — March 14, 2022
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — With some 200,000 Jews in Ukraine, one of the world's largest Jewish communities, it is inevitable that many Jewish people are also among those fleeing.

Moscow patriarch stokes Orthodox tensions with war remarks

By Peter Smith — March 8, 2022
(AP) — Kirill on Sunday depicted the war in spiritual terms.

Huma Abedin steps out, brings her memoir to Abu Dhabi

By Aya Batrawy — March 8, 2022
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Her Muslim faith and family were what she leaned on the most during her darkest days.

SBC President Ed Litton on racial reconciliation, SBC decline and his own failings

By Bob Smietana — March 3, 2022
(RNS) — The Alabama pastor hopes to spend time focused on racial reconciliation and getting Southern Baptists ready to respond to an abuse report in his last few months in office.

Southern Baptist Executive Committee agrees to a resolution with Jennifer Lyell

By Bob Smietana — February 22, 2022
NASHVILLE. Tenn. (RNS) — Lyell had come forward with a story of abuse and found her story turned against her.

I forgive Pope Benedict. I hope others can too.

By Thomas Reese — February 22, 2022
(RNS) — I see Benedict as a holy but flawed individual who did the best he was capable of.
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