Faiths

What, to the white American, is the 19th of June?
By Robert P. Jones — June 19, 2024
(RNS) — One model for creating a new “season of critical patriotism” can be found in the Jewish High Holy Days.
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Richard Smallwood, ‘Total Praise’ composer, to receive Juneteeth tribute in D.C.
By Adelle M. Banks — June 18, 2024
(RNS) — ‘It’s music that has brought us over through slavery, through all kinds of hard trials and tribulations,’ said singer/songwriter Richard Smallwood.
Episcopal Church grapples with ‘transformative role’ in Native American residential schools
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — June 18, 2024
(RNS) — Two commissions overseeing research into the denomination's part in the assimilationist schools are asking Episcopal bishops to grant access to archives in their regions and to recruit research assistants of their own. 
How to maintain hope in the face of global warming
By Thomas Reese — June 18, 2024
(RNS) — ‘We are the luckiest generation,' said one leader, 'to have something that is so meaningful to fight for.’
Brooklyn preacher who boasted of ties to NYC mayor gets 9 years in prison for multiyear fraud
By Associated Press — June 18, 2024
NEW YORK (AP) — Lamor Miller-Whitehead, 45, of Paramus, New Jersey, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who said she didn’t see meaningful remorse from the Rolls Royce-driving bishop convicted of fleecing one parishioner out of $90,000 in retirement savings, among other scams.
Pilgrims commence the final rites of Hajj as Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha
By Associated Press — June 18, 2024
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Masses of pilgrims on Sunday embarked on a symbolic stoning of the devil in Saudi Arabia under the soaring summer heat. The ritual marks the final days of the Hajj, or Islamic pilgrimage, and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world.
Southern Baptists may have rejected a constitutional amendment opposing female pastors, but that does not mean they are changing their views on women’s leadership in church
By The Conversation — June 18, 2024
(The Conversation) — A scholar who studies Southern Baptists explains why the denomination’s ultraconservative beliefs about women remain the same.
With world’s highest rates of religiously unaffiliated, East Asia remains spiritually vibrant
By Chloë-Arizona Fodor — June 17, 2024
(RNS) — While many East Asians do not identify with a religion, they continue to hold religious or spiritual beliefs in unseen beings, venerate ancestors’ spirits and engage in ritual practices, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. 
A church where wellness meets spirituality
By Ellie Davis — June 17, 2024
NEW YORK (RNS) — With today’s emptier church pews and fuller yoga studios, churches like The Well are attempting to bridge the two worlds for spiritual fulfillment.
Why I’ve been AWOL
By Jana Riess — June 17, 2024
(RNS) — I am fine. Or at least, as fine as I ever am when I’m writing a book.
Judge rejects effort by Missouri clergy to fight abortion ban
By Jack Jenkins — June 17, 2024
(RNS) — The judge wrote that while the argument that life begins at conception ‘may run counter to some religious beliefs, it is not itself necessarily a religious belief.’
Longtime Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler, who was accused of sexual abuse, dies at 94
By Associated Press — June 17, 2024
HOUSTON (AP) — Paul Pressler, a leading figure of the Southern Baptist Convention who was accused of sexually abusing boys and young men and later settled a lawsuit over the allegations, has died. He was 94.
For Senegalese fishermen, Eid al-Adha is now a source of anguish, not a joyful occasion
By Associated Press — June 17, 2024
THIAROYE-SUR-MER, Senegal (AP) — The upcoming holiday of Eid al-Adha should have been a joyful occasion for millions of Muslims in Senegal. But skyrocketing prices, record unemployment and growing inequalities have turned Tabaski — as the holiday is locally known — into a source of anguish for many in this West African nation.