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A gay pride flag flies along with the US flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church Friday, April 19, 2019, in Prairie Village, Kan. The United Methodist Church is divided over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty

By David Crary — March 8, 2021

(RNS) — The bill maintains exemptions for houses of worship, but faith-based homeless shelters and adoption or foster-care agencies that get federal funding would not be permitted to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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In this July 29, 2009, file photo, financial guru Dave Ramsey sits in his broadcasting studio in Brentwood, Tenn. Ramsey Solutions later moved to a new corporate headquarters in Franklin. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

Dave Ramsey’s new crusade: Ending COVID-19 mask orders

By Bob Smietana — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — Dave Ramsey, the Christian financial guru, has long been a skeptic of COVID-19 restrictions, saying that he and his company will not be ruled by fear.

Tahanie Aboushi at the New York State Supreme Court Building in Manhattan. Photo by Kisha Bari

Muslim candidate for Manhattan DA runs to give victims of system a ‘seat at the table’

By Zainab Iqbal — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Tahanie is New York personified,’ said Aboushi’s friend Linda Sarsour. ‘She is kind, humble, but also unbought and unbossed.’

President Joe Biden waits to sign his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

ELCA leaders call on Congress to pass US Citizenship Act of 2021 in new letter

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America threw their support behind what they called ‘fair and compassionate transformations to our nation’s broken immigration system.’

This Aug. 23, 2018, photo shows the Bethany Christian Services headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bethany is one of the nation’s largest adoption agencies. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Bethany Christian Services’ decision on gay adoption makes the church shine brighter

By Jennifer Butler — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — The country’s largest evangelical Christian adoption agency abandoned a discriminatory policy that the religious right puts major capital into defending.

Rabbi Shlomo Litvin leads the Chabad of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Rabbi Shlomo Litvin

This rabbi got Kentucky to adopt an anti-Semitism resolution. But not all Jews are happy.

By Yonat Shimron — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — Rabbi Shlomo Litvin said the resolution may stanch a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Lexington, Kentucky. Critics worry it could be used to silence free speech by those who criticize Israel.

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MPAC Hollywood Awards to feature ‘The Mauritanian’

By Joseph Hammond — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — ‘The Mauritanian’ is based on the true story of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who spent 14 years in the prison facility before his release.

The Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education. Courtesy image

Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain groups merge

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — The merger is a response to increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of faiths but also no faith at all.

Sister Simone Campbell addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As Sister Simone Campbell leaves Network, she reflects on a career in Washington

By Jack Jenkins — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — ‘I think a sign that it’s the right time is that it’s kind of exciting,’ Sister Simone Campbell said. ‘I’m excited to see what it will do next.’

In this May 29, 2020, file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

After Ravi Zacharias report, Christians examine how to avoid ‘betrayal blindness’

By Bob Smietana — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — Why does it take so long for religious groups to admit the truth about their leaders?

Supporters of President Donald Trump hold signs as they stand outside of the Clark County Elections Department in North Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Shame, grace and #STOPtheSTEAL

By Karen Swallow Prior — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — How we read the world depends on the kinds of stories we traffic in.

Activists appeal for a $15 minimum wage near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Workers deserve a living wage, not just a minimum wage

By Thomas Reese — March 2, 2021

(RNS) — Anyone who opposes increasing the minimum wage should try, as a Lenten penance, to live off $290 a week.

Shannon Brown helps students in her first-grade classroom at St. Agnes School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Feb. 24, 2021. RNS photo by Elizabeth Evans

Catholic schools’ push for in-person learning counters record enrollment drop

By Elizabeth E. Evans — March 2, 2021

(RNS) — While public school districts debate in-person learning, many elementary Catholic schools opened their doors in fall of 2020 and have stayed open. 

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