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31 UMC churches in NC demand immediate exit from denomination, threaten lawsuit

By Yonat Shimron — August 18, 2022

(RNS) — Legal action or the threat of legal action represents a new strategy on behalf of churches wanting an immediate exit from the United Methodist Church.

Studies suggest spiritual practices may prompt people to get off the mat and engage

By Yonat Shimron — August 18, 2022

(RNS) — Criticism of spirituality as inherently selfish may be overblown, according to two new studies that suggest people who are spiritual but not religious are civically and politically engaged.

Confronting anti-Shia hate is necessary to prevent killings like Albuquerque’s

By Faiyaz Jaffer — August 18, 2022

(RNS) — Shia Muslims often feel isolation and vulnerability in a world where we struggle to find a sense of belonging.

Arkansas senator agrees to unblock atheist constituents on Twitter and Facebook

By Alejandra Molina — August 18, 2022

(RNS) — An atheist advocacy group sued Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert, arguing he violated its members’ freedom of speech by blocking their viewpoints on his official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Australian Anglicans split over same-sex marriage

By Kathryn Post — August 18, 2022

(RNS) — A conservative Anglican splinter group launched in Australia this week, citing the Anglican Church of Australia’s failure to condemn same-sex marriage.

Uvalde shooting survivors receive scholarships to attend local Catholic school

By Riley Farrell — August 18, 2022

(RNS) — About 80 Robb Elementary families are attempting to transfer their children to Sacred Heart Catholic School, according to the nonprofit Catholic Extension.

Vatican finds ‘insufficient elements’ to open investigation into Cardinal Ouellet

By Marika Proctor — August 18, 2022

(RNS) — A woman has accused Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the archbishop of Quebec, of inappropriately touching her lower back and kissing her on the cheek during public events that took place in 2010 and 2008.

Suspect in New Mexico Muslim killings detained pending trial

By Susan Montoya Bryan — August 18, 2022

(AP) – The primary suspect in the New Mexico shooting deaths of two Muslim men is being held without bond pending trial as prosecutors say he is a danger to his own family and the greater community.

Mideast’s Jordan River: Rich in holiness, poor in water

By Mariam Fam — August 18, 2022

(AP) – The symbolically and spiritually significant Jordan River is physically dwindling, a decline that some say is intertwined with the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict and a rivalry over the precious water.

An interfaith discussion on the role of religion in mental health

By Emily Costello — August 18, 2022

(The Conversation) — Academics and religious leaders address the role of faith and community in managing mental health issues in young people and society as a whole.

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