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Minnesota churches caught in standoffs between protesters and police

By Jack Jenkins — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — At least two congregations have found themselves at the center of standoffs between police and racial justice demonstrators over the past week, both in Brooklyn Center.

In wake of Chauvin trial, what can faith leaders learn from the Rodney King LA riots?

By Najuma Smith-Pollard — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — As we anticipate reactions to the the Derek Chauvin verdict, we only have to look back to Los Angeles in 1992 to know what to do and what not to do. The Rev. Cecil L. Murray wrote the playbook for this situation.

Faith leaders praise Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts, acknowledge work ahead

By RNS staff — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — Religious leaders and faith-based organizations reacted swiftly to the verdicts.

Bystanders in a digital age: The heroes of the Derek Chauvin trial

By Joshua Hammerman — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — Idleness is, in many ways, no longer an option now that most onlookers carry in their pockets small, handheld instant-justice machines that can make star witnesses out of 9-year-olds.

Beth Allison Barr wants Christians to know where ‘biblical womanhood’ comes from (it’s not the Bible)

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — The author and historian talked to Religion News Service about where the idea of biblical womanhood comes from, what she believes the Bible actually has to say about the role of women and what it will take for things to change.

California date farmers lean into Ramadan season’s spike in sales

By Joseph Hammond — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — With the number of Muslims growing in the United States, dates sold at Ramadan have become a major focus of date growers’ business.

Of terror and testimonies: Living through the Derek Chauvin trial

By Danté Stewart — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — I want to know the things we lost are not greater than the things we hold on to.

Scuba diving rabbi adopts the ocean as his part of the world to repair

By Christine Luby — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — Scubi Jew, a marine conservation group inspired by the Jewish concept of repairing the world, turns saving the oceans into a religious experience.

The American Rescue Plan is welcome relief for faith communities

By Diane Randall — April 20, 2021

(RNS) — Just as communities of faith have been called on the last 13 months to serve others — with emotional, material and advocacy support — we continue to be called on to support the common good to defeat the pandemic and to defeat poverty.

Sikh Coalition urges Biden to appoint Sikh American liaison in wake of Indianapolis FedEx shooting

By Alejandra Molina — April 19, 2021

(RNS) — The Sikh Coalition said the Biden administration should appoint a Sikh American liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement to ensure a ‘wide range of the community’s voices are heard and acted upon.’

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