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New Capital Jewish Museum ‘connects the past to the present’ in downtown DC

By Adelle M. Banks — June 2, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The museum will house a collection — rooted in the archive of the former Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington — of more than 24,000 photographs and more than 1,000 objects.
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Jewish organizations laud White House plan to fight antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron — May 25, 2023
(RNS) — The new strategy, the first of its kind, was developed in consultation with some 1,000 federal officials, faith leaders and civil society groups and contains more than 100 recommendations.

In fight against ‘tyranny,’ Michigan board declares itself ‘constitutional county’

By Yonat Shimron — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — In drafting the resolution to become a ‘constitutional county,’ commissioners relied on the writings of a Wisconsin pastor who promotes the idea of resistance to civil authorities.

Former ‘Quiverfull’ church members push the needle on New York’s CARE Act

By Kathryn Post — May 17, 2023
(RNS) — A year after being charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child, a member of the church has entered a plea deal with no prison sentence.

Poll: Religious attendance is shrinking but those who remain are happy

By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — In the PRRI study, 57% of Americans say they seldom or never attend religious services. Among those who do, 89% said they were proud to be associated with their congregation.

Nurse-midwife Edna Adan Ismail, opponent of female genital mutilation, wins Templeton Prize

By Kathryn Post — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — She is the first African woman to receive the prize, which is valued at 1.1 million British pounds (over $1.3 million).

North Carolina clergy demonstrate against legislature’s new abortion limits

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — Their aim was to signal that not all Christians oppose abortion. A new state bill bans abortion after 12 weeks, down from the current 20.

Faith leaders ask Biden to mark Mother’s Day with prayer day against gun violence

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2023
(RNS) — Fellowship of Reconciliation leaders, who organized the letter, also pointed out ties that have been found between Christian nationalism and opposition to gun control legislation.

Charles Stanley, TV preacher and Southern Baptist leader, dies at 90

By Adelle M. Banks — April 19, 2023
(RNS) — The author of dozens of books was recognized by people in the grassroots as well as in the highest echelons of American society.

American politics has become positively medieval

By Mark Silk — April 10, 2023
(RNS) — It's crusaders v. jihadis all over again.

Resurrection drug? FDA approves over-the-counter Narcan amid opioid crisis

By Kathryn Post — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I’m afraid that we’re not to a resurrection era for people who use drugs,’ said one harm reduction advocate.

This North Carolina church used to be multiracial. Then came Jan. 6.

By Yonat Shimron — April 4, 2023
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) — Chapel Hill Bible Church seemed perfectly positioned to attract a diverse membership. And for many years it did — boasting that 20% of people attending were nonwhite.

Hamline University president to retire following Islamic art controversy

By Yonat Shimron — April 3, 2023
(RNS) — The president of Hamline University, who was widely criticized for her response to a professor who showed a painting of the Prophet Muhammad, announced she would retire in 2024.
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