National Cathedral windows shift from themes of Confederacy to racial justice
By Adelle M. Banks — September 23, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'There is a lot of work yet to be done to confront systemic racism,' said the cathedral's Dean Randy Hollerith.
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A fifth of Mormon college students in the US say they’re LGBQ, new study shows
By Jana Riess — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — Among US Mormon college students, 78% said they were heterosexual and 22% identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or something else.
Suspended UMC Latina bishop found not guilty on all charges
By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, a leader of the California-Nevada Conference, or region, of the United Methodist Church, will return to her role after an 18-month suspension.
From Rockettes to Riverside: Senior minister Adriene Thorne leads NYC church
By Adelle M. Banks — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I love bringing dancers that I know into the space,’ she said. ‘We had some at my installation.’
Pope decries indifference toward migrants, as he prays for the dead in the French port of Marseille
By Associated Press — September 22, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' two-day visit to Marseille is aimed at sending a message well beyond the Catholic faithful to Europe, North Africa and beyond.
Beloved N.C. Baptist charity leader steps down over alleged misuse of $89,000 in donations
By Bob Smietana — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — Michael Blackwell, who had led the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina since 1983, spent tens of thousands of dollars in the past three years on personal expenses and used charitable funds to buy his wife a car, according to a forensic audit.
Congress needs to live up to its Christian protestations
By John Stowe — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — Do we really want Christian values to prevail?
Who was Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Sikh activist whose killing has divided Canada and India?
By Associated Press — September 21, 2023
NEW DELHI (AP) — Following his death, the World Sikh Organization of Canada called Nijjar an outspoken supporter of Khalistan who “often led peaceful protests against the violation of human rights actively taking place in India and in support of Khalistan.”
Belly dancers, terrorists or taxi drivers: Arab American comedians spoof stereotypes
By Fiona André — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — The Arab American Comedy Festival is launching a 10-month tour as the event turns 20.
The Porter’s Gate hopes to bridge gap between mental health and faith with new album
By Kathryn Post — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Sanctuary Songs,’ a 12-track album inspired by conversations about mental health and faith, was released on Friday (Sept. 15).
‘Holy Food’ explores American history and religion through food
By Jillian Cheney — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — 'Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat,' by Christina Ward, is both history book and cookbook, with over 75 recipes.
Why India fears the Khalistan movement and how Canada became embroiled in diplomatic spat over killing of Sikh separatist
By The Conversation — September 21, 2023
(The Conversation) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke of ‘credible allegations’ of Indian involvement in a Sikh leader’s death.
ELCA hears from Indigenous boarding school survivor ahead of National Day of Remembrance
By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of several mainline denominations reckoning with the role they played in the federal boarding school system.