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Clergy, parents file suit against Louisiana Ten Commandments law

By Jack Jenkins — June 24, 2024

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘This is religious favoritism, and it is not only dangerous, but runs counter to my religion and faith,’ said the Rev. Jeff Sims, a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister and a plaintiff in the case.

Unitarian Universalists vote for action on Palestine, climate, LGBTQ+ issues and COVID-19

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — June 24, 2024

(RNS) — The new statement of values, which passed with 80% support, is the first wholesale revision of Article II, the Unitarian Universalist covenant clause, since 1987 and reflects over three years of feedback and discussions with thousands of Unitarian Universalists. 

Philadelphia pastor elected to lead historic Black church in New York City

By Darren Sands — June 24, 2024

(RNS) — New York’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church has elected its new senior pastor, likely bringing an end to a national search to replace the late Rev. Calvin O. Butts, who had served the church for a half-century before his death in 2022.

Anglican Church in North America elects Steve Wood as archbishop

By Chloë-Arizona Fodor — June 24, 2024

(RNS) — Wood will replace Foley Beach, who has been the archbishop of ACNA for a decade.

The Jewish summer weeks of mourning

By Avi Shafran — June 24, 2024

(RNS) — Two mid-summer Jewish holidays bookend a period of bereavement.

Conservative prelate warns that excommunicating Viganò will lead to further division

By Claire Giangravé — June 24, 2024

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Even so, Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider said claims of Pope Francis’ illegitimacy are unfounded.

Is President Biden too old to be president?

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 24, 2024

(RNS) — Leave politics aside. How we treat the diminished and the feeble matters.

Its move from Bethlehem to Jordan complete, Love Into Action resumes mission to aid disabled

By Daoud Kuttab — June 24, 2024

(RNS) — Laurence and Sharon Garnett chose their new home to help underserved Bedouins and Syrian refugees.

More than 1,300 people died during Hajj, many of them after walking in the scorching heat

By Samy Magdy — June 24, 2024

CAIRO (AP) — More than 1,300 people died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as the faithful faced extreme high temperatures at Islamic holy sites in the desert kingdom, Saudi authorities announced Sunday.

It was meant to be a Christian utopia. Now this Nigerian community is helpless against rising seas

By Taiwo Adebayo — June 24, 2024

AYETORO, Nigeria (AP) — The coastal Nigerian community of Ayetoro was founded decades ago and nicknamed “Happy City,” meant to be a Christian utopia that would be sinless and classless. But now its remaining residents can do little against the rising sea.

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