Vatican, other faith leaders join in push for end of death penalty in Louisiana

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2023
(RNS) — ‘We think that the clearing of Louisiana’s death row would be a monumental step towards the abolition of the death penalty,’ Vatican agency head said.

The real threat of AI isn’t what you think

By Charles C. Camosy — September 29, 2023

How college can be a pathway to making Muslims more welcome

By Musbah Shaheen, Matthew J. Mayhew, Christa Winkler, and Alyssa Rockenbach — September 28, 2023
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A Yom Kippur sermon warns American Jews of Israel’s growing messianic rule

By Yonat Shimron — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — In a barnburner Yom Kippur sermon Monday (Sept. 25), Rabbi Sharon Brous said elements of Israel’s new government have a messianic agenda that aims to turn the country into a fascist theocracy.

Spokane City Council denounces mayor for appearance with Christian nationalists

By Cassy Benefield — September 27, 2023
SPOKANE, Wash. (FāVS News) — Local religious leaders were troubled by Sean Feucht’s Christian nationalist ties. But it was the mayor’s appearance on stage praying with former lawmaker Matt Shea that took up more space in the city council’s resolution.

Religious liberty is becoming a go-to right for everyone

By Mark Silk — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — A legal strategy pioneered by the right has been adopted by the left.

AI won’t be replacing your priest, minister, rabbi or imam any time soon

By Pauline Hope Cheong — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar of digital religion explains why the use of AI isn’t necessarily displacing religious leadership: It is the clergy who are helping with the programming, critical for its deployment.

Less-redacted report on Maryland church abuse still redacts names of church leaders

By Brian Witte and Lea Skene — September 27, 2023
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Attorney General’s Office said in a statement last month that the five officials whose names remain redacted “had extensive participation in the Archdiocese’s handling of abuser clergy and reports of child abuse.”

The largest Hindu temple on American soil will soon open its doors

By Richa Karmarkar — September 25, 2023
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (RNS) — On Oct. 8, the BAPS Akshardham Temple will be open in a limited capacity following 12 years of labor from over 12,000 volunteers.

National Association of Evangelicals launches test to assess, foster racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — September 25, 2023
(RNS) — ‘We didn't really want to recreate the wheel,’ said NAE’s new racial justice and reconciliation expert. ‘We wanted to bridge a gap that was existing.’

India-Canada tensions shine light on complexities of Sikh activism in the diaspora

By Deepa Bharath — September 25, 2023
(AP) — The debate over support for Khalistan and what activism looks like in the Sikh diaspora has intensified after Trudeau’s accusation that India may have had a hand in the assassination of 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

National Cathedral windows shift from themes of Confederacy to racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — September 23, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'There is a lot of work yet to be done to confront systemic racism,' said cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith.

This Yom Kippur, she’ll pray inside the synagogue, he’ll secure it on the outside

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — Shana Silverstein and Tom Barbieri are among a growing rank of intermarried synagogue members.

Suspended UMC Latina bishop found not guilty on all charges

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, a leader of the California-Nevada Conference, or region, of the United Methodist Church, will return to her role after an 18-month suspension.

Congress needs to live up to its Christian protestations

By John Stowe — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — Do we really want Christian values to prevail?
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