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Two years after Pittsburgh shooting, solemn anniversary marked online

By Yonat Shimron — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — Public commemorations of the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, which killed 11 Pittsburgh Jews, will be livestreamed.

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Sean Feucht’s worship protest gets green light in DC, despite fears of ‘superspreader’ event

By Jack Jenkins — October 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Feucht has framed his worship protest tour as a dispute between ‘politicians’ and Christians like himself, but pastors are among his fiercest critics. 

James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel reach multimillion-dollar agreement

By Yonat Shimron — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — MacDonald, who was fired last year, will get $1.2 million and a vacant parcel of property adjacent to the church’s Crystal Lake Campus. He will also be allowed to run his Walk in the Word ministry independently.

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — October 20, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 70 years had passed since last seeing her friend at an Austrian displaced persons camp. Then Ruth Brandspiegel heard a familiar name being called out in a Yom Kippur service held in late September via Zoom.

Poll: White evangelicals are religious outliers on every issue of concern to voters

By Yonat Shimron — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — Only 35% of white evangelicals said the coronavirus is of critical concern, according to PRRI’s 11th annual American Values Survey. Among this group, abortion and terrorism top the list of concerns.

Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history

By Nomi Stolzenberg — October 19, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — Religion has always played a strong role in shaping the composition of the United States Supreme Court. The specific nature of that influence, however, has changed over time.

Catholic worker who broke into naval base to protest nuclear weapons sentenced

By Yonat Shimron — October 16, 2020

(RNS) — Patrick O’Neill is the third of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 to be sentenced by a US District Court judge for trespassing at the Kings Bay Naval Base two years ago in a symbolic act of nuclear disarmament.

Catholic priest is sentenced to time served after 2018 break-in at nuclear naval base

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — A U.S. District Court judge sentenced the Rev. Stephen Kelly to 33 months in jail and three years’ probation, plus restitution fees for trespassing onto the Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia.

400 rabbis back Cuomo and de Blasio in shutdown of New York Hasidic neighborhoods

By Yonat Shimron — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — Some 400 rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders have signed a statement in support of New York officials’ efforts to curb COVID-19 in hard-hit Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.

The difference between heroes and martyrs

By Russell P. Johnson — October 8, 2020

(Sightings) — When we memorialize victims of police violence, their past actions are irrelevant.

LifeWay inks out-of-court agreement with former CEO Thom Rainer

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — The agreement would require Rainer to keep the terms of his noncompete contract, which he had signed after leaving his position in 2018.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo shuts down New York City yeshivas in virus hot spots

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — Both the mayor and governor are frustrated at ongoing displays of Hasidic Jews flouting mandates to socially distance and wear masks.

New book links the decline of religious authority to the end of empathy

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — John Compton’s ‘The End of Empathy’ shows how the collapse of religious authority in the 1960s led Christians to evangelical megachurches that resist any efforts at social reform.

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