Donate to RNS

U.S.

In Los Angeles, spiritual convoy urges unity to preserve Apache sacred site Oak Flat

By Alejandra Molina — October 18, 2021
MALIBU, Calif. (RNS) — Apache Stronghold — a coalition of Apaches, other Native peoples and non-Native supporters seeking to preserve Oak Flat — gathered Sunday at the Wishtoyo Chumash Village in Malibu in Los Angeles County as part of a spiritual convoy to San Francisco.
More Stories

New poll reveals how much we presume about Muslim Americans’ politics

By Simran Jeet Singh — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — Two decades after 9/11, Americans are still getting to know their Muslim neighbors. New data may help.

As Reform Jews investigate themselves, a reckoning over sexual abuse grows

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — Multiple investigations, which will look at both historic and more recent instances of sex abuse, signal a desire for a new level of ethical accountability on sexual misconduct and gender discrimination.

Border dispatches: Mayor says local crime rate hides citizens’ values

By Doug Pagitt — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — A 3,200-mile bike ride along the U.S.-Mexico border to see what America’s immigration policy looks like in action.

Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small and midsize US congregations

By Yonat Shimron — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — The Faith Communities Today survey finds that half of the country’s congregations had 65 or fewer people in attendance on any given weekend, a drop from a median attendance level of 137 people in 2000.

‘Cosplay Christianity’: The sin is in the denial of the life God calls us to

By Karen Swallow Prior — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — Sometimes it’s as deadly serious (and ironic) as a riot in which grown men in costumes channel William Wallace in ‘Braveheart’ crying ‘Freedom!’ while attacking the seat of democracy.

The Reformed Church in America faces rupture over LGBTQ gridlock

By Kathryn Post — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — One of North America’s oldest denominations is already splintering. After a long delay, its General Synod meets this week.

At Durga Puja, Hindus wrestle with the West’s sexualized destroyer

By Kalpana Jain — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — Taken out of her cultural context, Western depictions of the goddess can be quite unrecognizable.

Some call twerking obscene. Lizzo, in TED Talk, calls it ‘sacred’

By Kathryn Post — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — 'Twerking is a deep, soulful, spiritual practice,' said the singer and rapper.

The last casualty of 9/11: Speaking up for Muslim political prisoners

By Omar Suleiman — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — For two decades, Muslims' will to seek justice for political prisoners has been muted.

‘Hey, isn’t that — ?’ Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn goes incognito in worship band

By John Longhurst — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — 'They needed a guitar player, so they were foolish enough to ask me,' said the man with 35 folk-rock albums to his name.

For Natives, land is sacred. Why aren’t we protecting their religious freedom?

By Billie Jo Kipp — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — If we aren’t able to expand our understanding of religion and get clear on who we are protecting, we will continue to leave people and communities behind.

Pope Francis meets with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican

By Paul O'Donnell — October 9, 2021
(RNS) — The meeting came as American Catholic bishops consider how to press the church’s teaching against abortion in the face of an avowedly pro-choice Democratic administration.
Page 1 of 67