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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy. The 39-year-old Nobel laureate was the proponent of nonviolence in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly)

On an Easter shadowed by the Lorraine Motel, recommit to justice

By J. Lawrence Turner — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Fifty-three years after MLK’s assassination, we must transform a place of bloodshed into inspiration for a better world.

Some evangelical leaders are trying to counter Christian nationalist misinformation over vaccines. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Some who identify as Christian nationalists believe they will be protected from any disease.

“Satan Shoes” are a collaboration between the company MSCHF and the rapper Lil Nas X. Photo courtesy of MSCHF

Satanic panic is back, thanks to ‘Satan Shoes’ and Lil Nas X

By Heather Greene — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — Satanic scares are nothing new to contemporary culture.

People raise their hands in praise while singing in church. Photo by Carolina Jacomin/Unsplash/Creative Commons

Behind Gallup’s portrait of church decline

By Wesley Granberg-Michaelson — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — America’s religious life will be shaped not by secularization alone.

Photo by Jo Hilton/Unsplash/Creative Commons

ASL Bible shows that God speaks in sign languages too

By Robert L. Briggs — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — Millions of American churchgoers have been without access to the Bible in their native language.

Neighbors gather to show their support of the community near a rabbi's residence in Monsey, New York, on Dec. 29, 2019, after a stabbing during a Hanukkah celebration. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Poll: American Jews report increasing incidents of anti-Semitism, mostly online

By Yonat Shimron — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — More than 60% of American Jews said they experienced or heard anti-Semitic comments, slurs or threats, up from 54% a year earlier.

Marchers carry a large rainbow flag down Congress Street during the annual Pride parade in Portland, Maine. Photo by Mercedes Mehling/Unsplash/Creative Commons

Black religious leaders, stand with our LGBTQ family

By Cornel West, Frederick A. Davie — March 30, 2021

(RNS) — Black LGBTQ leaders have labored alongside us so that all Black Americans could experience equality.

People leave incense sticks in a pot of rice to honor the eight victims of the Atlanta area spa shootings during a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Is he weeping over our gun problem?

By Shane Claiborne — March 30, 2021

(RNS) — The gun crisis in America is a spiritual and moral crisis.

A former employee of the Panera Bread in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, is suing the company on grounds of religious discrimination. Screenshot from Google Maps

Pagan sues Panera Bread Company alleging religious discrimination

By Heather Greene — March 27, 2021

(RNS) — A former baker for the chain said she was told that she ‘needed to find God,’ according to a court filing.

People waiting to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop- up site in the gym of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, North Carolina where Samaritan's Purse is helping with distribution. Photos courtesy Samaritan's Purse

Franklin Graham unfazed after evangelical base blasts him for encouraging vaccines

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — Graham’s March 24 Facebook post uncovered a deep divide among evangelicals, many of whom are suspicious of COVID-19 vaccines. His organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is managing vaccine clinics in Boone, North Carolina.

The Angel of Death and the First Passover in Egypt. Image courtesy of Creative Commons

Passover’s promise of a safer place is America’s story this year

By Gabrielle Giffords — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — The former congresswoman and gun safety activist on Passover in a time of trauma.

Michael Twitty converted to Judaism when he was 25, feeling that his ancestry as an Afridan American connects in many ways to the history of the Jewish population. Image courtesy of Michael Twitty

Michael Twitty’s ‘kosher soul’ cuisine offers an updated story of liberation

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — The Jewish culinary historian encourages people to celebrate their braided cultures. “Tradition is what you make,” he says. His Passover Plate will look different from the one most Jews use.

Christ on the cross is seen at a polling station on the lower level of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska, on Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

We have the chance to redeem voting rights

By Jim Wallis, Barbara Williams-Skinner — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — Complicity in the attacks on the vote could erode the number of Americans attracted to Christianity.

Vigil attendees gather together in the parking lot of the King Soopers in Boulder less than a day after Monday’s shooting. Photo by Carina Louise Julig for RNS

Boulder’s faith community comes together to grieve after grocery store shooting

By Carina Julig — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — A memorial vigil attended by more than 1,000 people was led by clergy from around Boulder.

Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine in Alhambra, California, features a mural including the reminder to “Google Uyghurs” and learn more about the people and their plight. RNS photo by Joseph Hammond

After being detained in China, one LA resident began a Uyghur restaurant to educate through food

By Joseph Hammond — March 25, 2021

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (RNS) — A large mural depicting Uyghur culture sits above an outside dining area with the ready-made social-media hashtag #GoogleUyghurs in one corner.

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