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Southern Baptists may cheer DeSantis’ war on Disney but don’t expect a boycott

By Yonat Shimron — April 27, 2022
(RNS) — Younger Southern Baptist pastors, while holding the same traditional positions on gender roles, are not as eager to jump headlong into the culture wars.
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Chair and teacup from Texas synagogue hostage crisis to be displayed in exhibit

By Yonat Shimron — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — They will be exhibited alongside a video recorded with the rabbi and the three other hostages at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Deborah Lipstadt confirmed as antisemitism monitor in late-night Senate vote

By Yonat Shimron — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — U.S. Jews who had advocated for Lipstadt and pressed for her confirmation over many months breathed a sigh of relief.

Bruxy Cavey investigation widens to include two more alleged victims

By Yonat Shimron — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — The Meeting House has hired a third-party victim advocate to independently receive any concerns or allegations of sexual misconduct.

Where is justice in a collapsed system?

By Beth Kissileff — February 25, 2022
(RNS) — Last month, a bridge in my Pittsburgh neighborhood collapsed into the ravine below it. I'm missing a sense of justice.

Princeton University scraps exhibit of Jewish American artists with Confederate ties

By Yonat Shimron — February 10, 2022
(RNS) — The exhibit was intended to showcase the little-known contributions of Jewish American artists in the period after the Civil War. The university, in the midst of reassessing its legacy, balked.

Meet the student-turned-model who is putting AI to good use with her Robo Rabbi

By Yonat Shimron — January 28, 2022
(RNS) — What if AI could offer people a set of personalized recommendations for spiritual and moral growth?

In lawsuit, Catholic lawyer claims World Relief rescinded job offer because he is gay

By Kathryn Post — January 28, 2022
(RNS) — He alleges the evangelical-run humanitarian organization rescinded his job offer after learning he is in a same-sex marriage.

Tennessee school board bans acclaimed Holocaust graphic novel, ‘Maus’

By Yonat Shimron — January 27, 2022
(RNS) — The move comes as school boards in politically conservative districts across the nation are reexamining their curriculums.

Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

By Yonat Shimron — January 25, 2022
(RNS) — At its core, secularism is an approach to governance, writes Jacques Berlinerblau in his new book ‘Secularism: The Basics.’ And critically, it is one many religious people, not just atheists and agnostics, support.

New book examines the religious lives of people without homes

By Yonat Shimron — January 14, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Susan Dunlap's 'Shelter Theology' describes the faith of people living in a homeless shelter, many of whom believe God guides and blesses them.

Ahead of Jewish Earth Day, more Jewish institutions take climate action

By Yonat Shimron — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — Environmental awareness is beginning to filter down into Jewish institutional life, with increasing attention to building sustainability and impact investing.

What happened to the nonbelief channel at Patheos?

By Yonat Shimron — January 4, 2022
(RNS) — Bloggers were advised they could stay at Patheos so long as they stop writing negative or critical posts on religion or politics and instead focus on how to live a good life within their own worldview. They left.
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