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Care STL nurse Amy Heidotten, right, takes information from Eleanor James, left, and her husband, Maxwell James, at a free coronavirus testing site June 5, 2020, at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. The church, which has been giving away masks and hand sanitizer to members of the community, collaborated with Care STL Health and Faith for the Sake of All Others to offer free COVID-19 tests. RNS photo by Nick Schnelle

Keeping safe while serving, church groups tackle pandemic and protests

By Joshua Eaton — June 30, 2020

(RNS) — Through a series of crises, church leaders have had to navigate how to meet people’s needs while keeping their volunteers safe.

Valarie Kaur. Photo by Amber Castro

Valarie Kaur: ‘Revolutionary love is showing up in the labor for justice’

By Simran Jeet Singh — June 30, 2020

(RNS) — The filmmaker, lawyer and civil rights activist talks about her debut book, ‘See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.’

FILE- In this May 30, 2020 combination of booking photos provided by the United States Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York, Colinford Mattis, left, and Urooj Rahman, both Brooklyn attorneys, are shown after they were arrested for allegedly firebombing a police vehicle in New York. Dozens of former prosecutors are questioning the government's handling of a case against the two lawyers on charges that could put them in prison for nearly 50 years for torching the empty New York City police vehicle in May 2020. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Muslim groups decry ‘excessive’ prosecution of lawyers charged with torching police car

By Aysha Khan — June 29, 2020

(RNS) – Thousands of organizations and individuals have signed onto statements in support of the minority lawyers, who face possible life sentences over charges of setting fire to an empty police vehicle.

A mosaic depiction of Jesus. Photo by Dorothée Quennesson/Pixabay/Creative Commons

We can’t cancel ‘white Jesus,’ but we can keep telling our church’s story

By Paul Robinson — June 29, 2020

(RNS) — Today the Evangelical Covenant Church that commissioned Warner Sallman’s portrait of Christ is creating art that reflects the beauty and diversity of God’s Kingdom.

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur speaks at the University of Geneva in May 2019. Photo by LaMèreVeille/Creative Commons

France’s ‘hip’ female rabbi draws Muslims, Christians and Jews in a time of crisis

By Julia Lieblich, Luc Vachez — June 29, 2020

(RNS) — One of only four female rabbis in France, Delphine Horvilleur calls herself a storyteller, and one who believes that ‘God has a good sense of humor.’

Photo submitted by Bethany Christian Services

Black children in foster care need relief from systemic racism, too

By Chris Palusky, Kimberly Offutt — June 26, 2020

(RNS) — We need to support Black families to keep them together and prevent generation after generation of children from achieving their full potential.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson plays the Mourner’s Kaddish on May 29, 2020, on her YouTube channel.  Lawson wrote the kaddish years ago to honor unarmed people who have been killed by police. Video screengrab

Rabbi Sandra Lawson on how not to treat Jews of color

By Yonat Shimron — June 25, 2020

(RNS) — “When someone looks different, that is not the time to ask a bunch of personal questions. It’s a time to say, ‘Welcome. Thank you so much for coming,’” says Rabbi Sandra Lawson of Elon University.

Protesters with signs reading

‘Your fight is my fight’: Latino clergy and faith leaders rally behind Black Lives Matter

By Alejandra Molina — June 25, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘We cannot say that immigrant lives matter, if we can’t say that Black Lives Matter.’

President Donald Trump speaks at the Students for Trump conference at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In the wake of rocky polling, Trump camp doubles down on conservative Christians

By Jack Jenkins — June 24, 2020

(RNS) — But experts say the real question is whether his efforts will win over moderate evangelicals, who appear to be second-guessing their support for Trump.

President Donald Trump speaks to a smaller than anticipated crowd during a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Surveys suggest protests, not pandemic, have lost Trump white evangelical support

By Ryan Burge — June 24, 2020

(RNS) — Since the protests against the killing of George Floyd began a month ago, a survey shows a 10 percentage point swing among white evangelicals to Joe Biden.

The Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, Jan. 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

After arrest, teenage Muslim protester and volunteer medic made to remove hijab for booking photo

By Aysha Khan — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — Civil rights advocates are accusing Miami correctional officers of violating the teen’s religious rights.

A statue of Junipero Serra is pulled down in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on June 19, 2020. Video screengrab via Shane Bauer

California bishops say protesters ‘failed the test’ of history in toppling Junipero Serra statues

By Alejandra Molina — June 23, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The California Catholic Conference said Serra was ‘a man ahead of his times who made great sacrifices to defend and serve the indigenous population.’

Laura Porras, right, prepares bags of fresh vegetables as Justin Ruiz, 17, left, and Porras' niece Ana Karen Porras, 14, center, help in the vestibule at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York on May 12, 2020. The effort, which started two months ago, is coordinated by the Brooklyn Immigrant Community Support mutual aid group, which saw a need for emergency food aid for undocumented immigrants, who couldn’t apply for or receive government assistance in the wake of shutdowns caused by concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Solidarity, not charity: Why mutual aid reemerged in the pandemic, and is flourishing amid protests

By Aysha Khan — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — Through mutual aid, activists and faith leaders argue, communities can bring to life a better world — one that is free of hierarchies.

A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody on Memorial Day, broke out across the country. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Islamic history behind the George Floyd protests

By Michael Wolfe — June 22, 2020

(RNS) — Islam has a deep backstory in the continuing drama of resistance, protest and race in America.

Claudia Allen speaks at a community interfaith prayer vigil, planned by Pastor Noah Washington of Emmanuel Brinklow SDA Church, on June 12, 2020, in Montgomery County, Maryland. Courtesy photo

‘Racialized policing’ program takes faith leaders from grief to action

By Adelle M. Banks — June 22, 2020

(RNS) — As the White House and Congress debate nationwide actions, participants say they have come away from their studies with determination to push for change in their communities.

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