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Liberty University's Sparky the Eagle is seen before an NCAA football game on Nov. 14, 2020, at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Shaban Athuman)

Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.

Magic fascinated and troubled early Christians as much as it does some people today. Photo courtesy Marvel Studios
DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011. The rapper died April 9, 2021, at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after having a heart attack the week before. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

DMX was my John the Forerunner

By T.C. Moore — April 14, 2021
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Sikhs pray during Vaisakhi celebrations at Guru Nanak Darbar of Long Island, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Hicksville, N.Y. Sikhs across the United States are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations this week, joining people of other faiths in observing major holidays cautiously this spring as COVID-19 keeps an uneven hold on the country. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

By Margaret Stafford, Gary Fields — April 14, 2021

LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — U.S. Sikhs are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations, joining people of other faiths in observing holidays cautiously this spring due to COVID-19.

Muslims pray as they practice social distancing during an evening prayer called tarawih, marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Chicago's Muslim Community Center on April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.

By Omar Suleiman — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — As you fast from what is ordinarily permissible, you learn to fast from what is prohibited at all times.

Southern Baptist women demonstrating against the faith’s gender role doctrine in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

How complementarianism became part of evangelical doctrine

By Susan M. Shaw — April 13, 2021

(The Conversation) — The belief that God assigned gender roles formed in response to the women’s liberation movement.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, followers of the Hasidic sect of Shomrei Emunim, wearing protective face masks to combat the coronavirus outbreak, attend the funeral of Rabbi Refael Aharon Roth, 72, who died from the virus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

I love all Jews — even the ones I don’t like

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — We Jews are a small people, but we are a large family. 

Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have bolstered the conservative wing of the Supreme Court. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak

By Steven K. Green — April 13, 2021

(The Conversation) — Prioritizing religious liberty claims over health and bias concerns, the conservative majority has skewed the concept.

Naasón Joaquín García, right, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court on June 5, 2019, before Judge Francis Bennett on charges of human trafficking and child rape. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Trial date set in sexual abuse case against La Luz del Mundo leader Naasón Joaquín García

By Alejandra Molina — April 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A Superior Court judge ordered the trial date for García to begin Sept. 27, according to the California attorney general’s office and a statement from La Luz del Mundo.

Ramadan lanterns are displayed for sale. Photo by Rawan Yasser/Unsplash/Creative Commons

For interfaith couples, Ramadan can deepen ties to faith and each other

By Silma Suba — April 12, 2021

(Interfaith America) — Ramadan can be an opportunity for Muslims in interfaith relationships to introduce their partners to the core beliefs and teachings of Islam.

Senior pastor Brian Houston, co-founder of the global megachurch Hillsong. Photo courtesy Hillsong Church

Hillsong to ‘pause’ operations at Dallas campus, citing leadership failures

By Roxanne Stone — April 11, 2021

(RNS) — New revelations about the former Dallas pastors as well as pandemic woes have led the global behemoth to announce a shuttering of the Dallas location for now.

The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington on Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship

By Jessica Gresko — April 10, 2021

(AP) — In November, the high court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard-hit by the virus.

Mosque member Asie Late's granddaughter Emma watches as a Northwell Health registered nurse inoculates her with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site inside the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in the Staten Island borough of New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

By Mariam Fam, David Sharp — April 10, 2021

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during Ramadan.

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7. From left to right: Elizabeth McAlister, Stephen Kelly, Carmen Trotta, Mark Colville, Martha Hennessy, Clare Grady and Patrick O’Neill. Photo courtesy of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in

By Yonat Shimron — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — Mark Colville was part of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 who broke into a naval base on April 4, 2018. DePaul University in Chicago announced last month it would recognize the group with a Christian nonviolence award.

Howard Thurman teaches a college class. Thurman came to know Martin Luther King Jr. at Boston University. Photo courtesy of Emory University

Thank you, Howard Thurman: Remembering an American spiritual master

By Or N. Rose — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — On the anniversary of Thurman’s death, it’s worth recalling how this towering figure moved on a very human level.

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