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At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — There’s a lot riding on the resolutions committee’s work, with critical race theory as one of the 'points of tension' it has to manage, its chair said.

Putting Black at the center of interfaith

By Frederick A. Davie — June 11, 2021
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What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé, Alejandra Molina — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — A rapidly escalating theological debate is liable to yield few clear answers.

If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy

By Alan Cross — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Before turning back the clock on CRT, let's rescind a May 1861 resolution aligning the SBC with the Confederacy.

Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?

By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.

Catholics are asking for bread. Their bishops are giving stones.

By Marianne Duddy-Burke — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — A push to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians is symbolic of denial of care in other forms.

Facing enrollment declines, some Catholic dioceses are betting on online schools

By Yonat Shimron — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — Catholic schools saw a 6.4% decline in enrollment at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Now some dioceses are trying to attract new students with online schools.

‘All-in’ Buddhist practice combines meditation and martial arts

By Liz Kineke — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Athletic types are drawn to Rinzai Zen training's physical demands. They stay for the Japanese flute.

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

By Anita Snow — June 8, 2021
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Protecting migrants and honoring the humanity of those who died on the perilous trail is a kind of religion in southern Arizona.

Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions

By Kevin Mcgill — June 8, 2021
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions at his Life Tabernacle Church in the Baton Rouge suburb of Central, and faces six state criminal counts as a result.

Utah university should ditch ‘Dixie’ name, committee says

By Sophia Eppolito — June 8, 2021
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah school has been studying the impact of changing its name following a national outcry against racial injustice after the death of George Floyd.

Poor People’s Campaign plans ‘Moral March on Manchin’

By Jack Jenkins — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — 'It's time for people of all differences to stand together against him,' said the Rev. William Barber. 'We call it 'from the hollers in the mountains to the hood.''

I Believe! … In QAnon? What nonbelievers don’t get about conspiracy beliefs

By Brad Hirschfield — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — We need to stop asking them to justify their conclusions and try to understand why QAnon works for them.

Communion ban for pro-choice politicians is an old story, but the stakes have grown

By Claire Giangravé — June 7, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While this debate has happened before, the context in the US Catholic church and its dynamic with the Vatican have changed.
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