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Jim Winkler departs National Council of Churches after two terms as chief

By Adelle M. Banks — January 26, 2022
(RNS) — Winkler, who had served as NCC’s general secretary and president since 2013, gave no reason for his departure.
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Dilemma for houses of worship: Openness or safety?

By Beth Kissileff and Rosalind C. Hughes — January 25, 2022
(RNS) — Our hope as those who attend and lead religious institutions is to maintain our humaneness and treat others with compassion, while keeping ourselves and others safe.

The unlikely story of America’s highest ranking Muslim soldier and TikTok favorite

By Joseph Hammond — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — A chance encounter with an army chaplain put Colonel Khallid Shabazz's military career on a different path.

Stormy Daniels’ religious beliefs under scrutiny as federal trial against Avenatti begins

By Heather Greene — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — 'Let me get this straight,' the porn-star-turned-paranormal-investigator said on Facebook. 'They are going to use my religious (beliefs) and profession to discriminate against me.'

Resisting hate, as people of faith, includes readiness for self-defense

By Dwight Lee Wolter — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — We are not helpless in our new reality.

When people of faith lie about Israel

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 23, 2022
(RNS) — Remember ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’? Some faith leaders need a brush-up.

Texas rabbi urges Americans to view each other in God’s image

By Yonat Shimron — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who survived a hostage-taking at his synagogue last Saturday, gave the closing remarks at an online White House briefing Friday, with an impassioned plea for civility.

How antisemitic conspiracy theories contributed to the recent hostage-taking at the Texas synagogue

By Jonathan D. Sarna — January 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — Myths related to Jewish conspiracies to control the world have long circulated in the US and continue to fuel hatred.

The pandemic is reminding us that ‘pro-life’ and ‘anti-abortion’ are not the same

By John Gehring — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — Strict anti-abortion stances are at odds with opposition to vaccine mandates and other broader life issues.

Top Presbyterian executive calls on US Jews to end ‘enslavement’ of Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — In his reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson said he hoped U.S. Jews would influence the U.S. government in ‘ending the immoral enslavement’ of Palestinians.

What 13th-century Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas can teach us about hope in times of despair

By Christopher Beem — January 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of democratic virtues explains why Dominican monk Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on hope are relevant today.

California to delete Mayan, Ifá affirmations from ethnic studies to settle lawsuit

By Alejandra Molina — January 20, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — By deleting the affirmations, state officials say they are affirming their ‘long-standing commitment to ensuring appropriate treatment of religion in a secular public education context.’

When religious freedom is for me, not for thee

By Mark Silk — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — Could the current zealotry for religious freedom be just a pretext for looking after one’s own parochial interests?
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