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Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

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1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’

By Elana Schor — October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 clergy members, religious scholars and other faith-based advocates have signed onto a unique statement that supports a comprehensive path to “a free and fair election” and urges leaders to heed the verdict of “legitimate election results” regardless of who wins in November.

‘Peeing pastor’ hunt comes to an end

By Bob Smietana — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — The wife of a North Carolina pastor accused of disorderly conduct during a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit says he had a bad reaction to sleeping medication.

Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ worship protest on the National Mall included more politics than usual

By Jack Jenkins — October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Christian musician Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ concert for his worship protest tour was in D.C. Sunday and the event quickly shifted to a celebration for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

North Carolina Pentecostal church ordered to close after coronavirus outbreak

By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — An abatement order was issued for the United House of Prayer for All People after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths.

Ismaili, Ahmadi Muslims push national voter registration efforts

By Aysha Khan — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — Voter mobilization efforts in US Muslim communities have long been characterized and led by Sunni institutions and figures. That’s starting to change.

Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory

By Frances D'Emilio — October 25, 2020

(AP) — In the surprise announcement, made from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.

Attorneys for John MacArthur denounce headlines reporting a church outbreak of COVID-19 cases

By Alejandra Molina — October 23, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Jenna Ellis, attorney for John MacArthur and Grace Community Church, in a statement said the cases shouldn’t be characterized as an ‘outbreak.’

Trump, confirmed a Presbyterian, now identifies as ‘non-denominational Christian’

By Jack Jenkins, Maina Mwaura — October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A rare exchange about religion-related matters with a president who, while allying closely with evangelical Christian leaders, has spoken little about his own faith.

COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning

By Elizabeth E. Evans — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — In recent years, gleaning has made a comeback as a solution to the problems of persistent hunger and the lack of fresh produce options.

‘Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden’ signers face a fiery blowback

By Mark I. Pinsky — October 23, 2020

ORLANDO (RNS) — After Joel Hunter recently announced support for former Vice President Joe Biden, a local Christian radio station cancelled Hunter’s devotionals, hosts withdrew (or postponed) speaking invitations and a social media hostility barrage erupted.

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib denounce Facebook as complicit in anti-Muslim violence

By Alejandra Molina — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Their condemnation comes after a new report found that Facebook has played a role in anti-Muslim violence in Germany, Sweden, New Zealand and the United States.

Muslims in Michigan, a key vote in a must-win state, on track for record turnout

By Weam Namou — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Muslim areas around greater Detroit could be a key factor in who will be president in January.

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