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Black women ministers get ‘affirmation that God sees us‘ at DC event

By Adelle M. Banks — December 7, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The event also focused on women who are not in top roles but who nevertheless serve in ministry in ways they feel called to pursue.
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‘Tell what happened’: Pastor and last surviving eyewitness urges Christians to remember Emmett Till

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 26, 2022
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — The brutal murder of Emmett Till became a catalyst for the civil rights movement and has enduring relevance in today's anti-racist activism.

New projects offer churches ways to pay royalties on the spirituals they sing

By Adelle M. Banks — October 21, 2022
(RNS) — 'It seems to have picked up some steam within the last couple of years, particularly since the George Floyd murder,' said a spirituals expert about churches offering royalties.

PBS docs depict Frederick Douglass’ and Harriet Tubman’s paths of freedom, faith

By Adelle M. Banks — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Religion for both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass was the foundation in many ways of who they are,’ said co-director Stanley Nelson.

On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg explains why repentance is so important

By Yonat Shimron — October 3, 2022
(RNS) — Society often expects victims of harm to forgive their perpetrators, regardless of whether they've cleaned up their act, says Ruttenberg. Judaism offers another way.

Hasidic nonprofit brings shoes to greet asylum-seekers arriving in NYC from Texas

By Kathryn Post — September 19, 2022
(RNS) — 'It’s like a little pop-up Ellis Island,' said Alexander Rapaport, whose Jewish nonprofit volunteers at a triage center at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

How St. Louis churches are revealing the disparities in the air we breathe

By Britny Cordera — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — Congregations in St. Louis are working with local scientists to monitor the air quality in communities affected by industrial pollution.

After Elizabeth: The spiritual implications of imperial succession

By Lisa Sharon Harper — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — What is the hope in this moment of transition?

How faith leaders are responding to Jackson’s water crisis

By Jemar Tisby — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'Churches throughout the city of Jackson across denomination, class and race have engaged in water distributions at their churches or by giving water away in other ways,' said C.J. Rhodes, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church.

Pushed online in pandemic, women of color find safe spaces for faith and healing

By Kathryn Post — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There’s really no space in the nonprofit world, racial justice world or the ministry world that is just for women of color.’

In ‘Learning Our Names,’ Asian American Christian authors reclaim their stories

By Kathryn Post — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There’s a hyper visibility at times when you’re seen as a foreigner, and then there’s an invisibility when our stories aren’t acknowledged.’

‘Honk for Jesus’ provides an uncomfortable reflection of the Black church

By Candice Marie Benbow — September 4, 2022
(RNS) — Throughout the film and especially in the final scene, today’s Black church sees itself in all of its conflicting glory.

Attack on Rushdie shows divisions among Lebanese Shiites

By Bassem Mroue — August 17, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — The religious edict, or fatwa, urging Muslims to kill Rushdie was issued in 1989 by Iran's then-spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who accused the author of blasphemy for his portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in the novel 'The Satanic Verses.'
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