China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin
By Associated Press — June 12, 2021
BEIJING (AP) — A Friday phone call underscored US concern over the deterioration of democratic norms in Hong Kong and the ongoing "genocide and crimes against humanity against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang," the State Department said.
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At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting
By Adelle M. Banks — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — There’s a lot riding on the resolutions committee’s work, with critical race theory as one of the 'points of tension' it has to manage, its chair said.
Zahid Quraishi confirmed as first Muslim federal judge
By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — The US Army veteran has been assigned to a federal district court in New Jersey.
Putting Black at the center of interfaith
By Paul O'Donnell — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Interfaith partners have often ignored the struggle for racial justice facing Black and brown neighbors and their religious leaders.
German Cardinal’s resignation, refused by pope, reinvigorates church reform
By Claire Giangravé — June 11, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — For lay organizers of the controversial Synodal Path in Germany, Cardinal Marx’s resignation strengthened their efforts.
Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations
By Bob Smietana — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — SBC leaders have been accused of trying to delay attempts to deal with abuse and of mistreating abuse survivors.
Riz Ahmed launches new effort seeking to increase Muslims in Hollywood
By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — While the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is spearheading the effort, he is joined by some of Hollywood’s leading Muslim professionals.
Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — What fans of the popular show may not realize is that Nightbirde's performance came from a place of deep faith.
What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians
By Jack Jenkins — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — A rapidly escalating theological debate is liable to yield few clear answers.
If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy
By Paul O'Donnell — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Before turning back the clock on CRT, let's rescind a May 1861 resolution aligning the SBC with the Confederacy.
Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?
By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.
The social-media-examined life is not the one that sustains us
By Paul O'Donnell — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — The public life is not what feeds the desires of the heart.
New e-prayer rug offers digital support to Muslim prayer
By Joseph Hammond — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — To help guide new and young Muslims, the rug uses voice prompts and an LED display that shows the correct postures of prayer.