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A devastated Jewish community in Surfside, Florida, begins burying its dead

By Yonat Shimron — June 28, 2021
(RNS) — At least 50 of the total trapped in the collapse of the Champlain condo are likely Jewish, many of them Orthodox Jews who attended The Shul, a large Chabad congregation in Surfside.

As Southern Baptists begin to grapple with sexual abuse, looming challenges remain

By Yonat Shimron, Bob Smietana — June 28, 2021
(RNS) — One week after the convention closed, an advocate for sex abuse survivors posted to a blog that a registered sex offender has been preaching at a Dallas Southern Baptist church.

How college chaplains became vanguards for LGBTQ acceptance on campus

By Silma Suba — June 25, 2021
(RNS) — Forty years ago, a dean of religious life at Princeton stumbled onto a surprised group of students in a campus cafe.

Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested protesting filibuster and Manchin

By Jack Jenkins — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Manchin, don’t you let sin block the salvation of this democracy and its soul,’ Barber said.

Can a tender-hearted president solve the Southern Baptists’ trust problem?

By Bob Smietana — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination is based on voluntary cooperation by more than 40,000 churches. That cooperation is threatened by growing distrust of national leaders.

Indian Hindus turn to honoring ‘corona goddess’ to quell pandemic

By Bhavya Dore — June 22, 2021
(RNS) — India has a history of worshipping female divinities during times of disease outbreaks. There have been goddesses of plague, smallpox and cholera through the past centuries.

For one LA Catholic church, meeting indoors is ‘historic’ after wave of COVID-19 deaths

By Alejandra Molina — June 21, 2021
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (RNS) — A church that held a funeral a week during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic tentatively comes together in person again.

James Forbes’ ode to Juneteenth calls on Americans to embrace the promise of freedom

By Yonat Shimron — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — The retired pastor's spoken word is not simply a paean to freedom. It’s a call to all Americans to face the reality of the nation’s history and the unfinished work of Juneteenth.

‘We still have work to do’: How to understand the new Juneteenth holiday

By Paul O'Donnell — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — Theon Hill, an expert on rhetoric, race and social change in American culture, discusses Juneteenth and how holidays in general reflect our realities as well as our aspirations as a nation.

In lengthy debate, bishops wrangle over politics and ‘Eucharistic consistency’

By Jack Jenkins — June 17, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We are the shepherds and teachers of these elected officials,’ one bishop declared.

Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis

By Catherine Pepinster — June 17, 2021
LONDON (RNS) — ‘Appointment as prime minister is the completion of the Catholic stealth minority’s rise to influence,’ said one historian.

Bishops quick to debate Eucharist — and Joe Biden — at meeting

By Jack Jenkins — June 16, 2021
(RNS) — It didn’t take long for bishops to refer to the ‘issue of our Catholic president receiving Holy Communion.’

5 things to watch for as Catholic bishops conference debates Communion ban

By Jack Jenkins — June 16, 2021
(RNS) — A primer as America’s Catholic bishops gather to discuss, among other things, Catholic politicians and life issues.

Mohler out, SBC presidential race a runoff between Litton, Stone

By Bob Smietana — June 15, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — With more than 14,000 ballots cast, none of the four candidates for president received 50% of votes. Under SBC rules, the election heads to a run-off, with Stone and Litton.

SBC Executive Committee rejects request for system-wide abuse inquiry

By Adelle M. Banks — June 14, 2021
(RNS) — Another committee member argued against a fellow member’s request, saying there is no one in the SBC who favors sex abuse.
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