U.S.

Ardeth Platte, Dominican nun dedicated to no-nukes cause, dies at 84

By Patrick O'Neill — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — She spent years in prison for nonviolent civil disobedience and later served as an inspiration for a character on the popular Netflix show ‘Orange Is the New Black.’

Southern Baptist publishing arm, LifeWay, sues former president Thom Rainer

By Yonat Shimron — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, has sued its former president and CEO, alleging he violated a noncompete clause in his contract that forbids him from working with competitors.  

Franklin Graham borrows a tactic from the left with his Saturday prayer march

By Yonat Shimron — September 25, 2020

(RNS) — He insists the march is not an effort to encourage voting or to rally evangelicals to the polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election. But his choice of speakers suggests otherwise.

Biden pins his argument to Latino believers on Trump’s morals

By Alejandra Molina — September 24, 2020

(RNS) — Creyentes con Biden is a subgroup of the Believers for Biden initiative led by Josh Dickson, an evangelical Christian and former Republican who oversees faith engagement for the campaign.

Report: People who are highly spiritual tend to be more civic-minded

By Yonat Shimron — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Fetzer Institute-sponsored study also found that the more spiritual people said they were, the more inclined they appeared to be to volunteer and donate. But only 36% said their spirituality influences their political actions.

In Oregon, churches and anti-fascists unite to provide mutual aid to fire evacuees and others in need

By Alejandra Molina — September 22, 2020

(RNS) — Mutual aid groups are partnering with churches to set up donation drives and tent distribution centers with hygiene kits, school supplies, clothing and food.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg first woman and first Jew to lie in state at US Capitol

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2020

(RNS) — No woman, let alone a Jew, has received the honor of lying in state at the U.S. Capitol. For Jews, however, the tradition of lying in state is a difficult one.

ICE apprehension on church grounds violated federal policy, say faith leaders

By Jack Jenkins — September 21, 2020

BALTIMORE (RNS) — The incident is the latest example of escalating tensions between faith-based sanctuary movement activists and the Trump administration.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, was shaped by her minority faith

By Yonat Shimron — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of her Supreme Court chamber: ‘Justice, justice you shall pursue.’

Study: Liberal congregations more politically active than conservative ones

By Yonat Shimron — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — The willingness of left-leaning religious congregations to engage in political activity has spiked in the Trump era, new research shows.

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and family hope ‘Bald Beagle’ will teach kids ‘God and country’ American history

By Bob Smietana — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — A new video from Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow’s company hopes to teach a God-and-country view of history, free from what it calls ‘far-left’ agendas.

The ‘chai’ charm that keeps this secretary of health grounded in the value of life

By Yonat Shimron — September 17, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Mandy Cohen, North Carolina’s secretary of health and human services, has threaded the needle of this politically charged moment by balancing her devotion to scientific data and her faith.

American Jews adapt the Seder for Rosh Hashana in a DIY pivot

By Yonat Shimron — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — The Seder is the main ritual meal celebrated by Jews each year at Passover. But this year some American Jews are using a time-tested at-home ritual for the first night of the Jewish New Year.

Buffalo Catholic peace activist Martin Gugino back on his feet, determined to protest

By Yonat Shimron — September 11, 2020

(RNS) — After being knocked to the ground by two Buffalo police officers in June, Gugino is eager to press his case for the right of citizens to protest the government.

Mark Galli, former Christianity Today editor and Trump critic, to be confirmed a Catholic

By Yonat Shimron — September 10, 2020

(RNS) — Galli, who bucked prevailing evangelical sentiments when he penned an editorial in December denouncing the president, says his faith decision has nothing to do with politics.

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