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Photos of the Week: Durga festivals and the cult of Maria Lionza
By Kit Doyle — October 16, 2021
(RNS) - This week’s photo gallery includes Hindu Durga festivals, followers of Maria Lionza in Venezuela and more.
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Christian writer Danté Stewart seeks revelation in Black experience
By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — 'Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle' weaves together the stories of Black lives and Black literature with the stories of the Bible.
Raphael Warnock honored with Four Freedoms award in ‘extra step’ for racial justice
By Adelle M. Banks — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — FDR’s granddaughter said of Warnock: ‘his voice is consistently counseling, teaching, making himself vulnerable in order to help the rest of us make sense of the world.’
As Reform Jews investigate themselves, a reckoning over sexual abuse grows
By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — Multiple investigations, which will look at both historic and more recent instances of sex abuse, signal a desire for a new level of ethical accountability on sexual misconduct and gender discrimination.
Ronnie Floyd, SBC Executive Committee chief, resigns, citing damage to his reputation
By Bob Smietana — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — Floyd’s plans to unite Southern Baptists around evangelism and missions were overshadowed by controversy.
White Christian progressives can be nationalists too, ecumenical panel says
By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Liberal Christians are just as complicit with white nationalism that the Trumpites were that we saw on Jan. 6,’ a speaker said.
It’s official: Rumored October meeting between Biden and Pope Francis is confirmed
By Jack Jenkins — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — It won’t be the first time the two have met, but it will be the first since Biden became president.
National Council of Churches elects all-female officers, approves NRSV update
By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — ‘At this pivotal time in the life of the church in the United States, it is noteworthy that the NCC is modeling inclusiveness in selecting its leaders,’ said its new chair.
In remote Himalayan India, Buddhist monks and Indigenous tribe fight government hydropower projects
By Priyadarshini Sen — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — The Buddhist monks have united with the nomadic Monpa to protest projects that could destroy the monasteries, hot springs and temples that dot the snow-capped Himalayan region.
Airman convicted of kidnapping, killing Mennonite teacher
By Associated Press — October 14, 2021
On Wednesday, a jury in Arizona found U.S. Air Force airman Mark Gooch guilty of kidnapping and first-degree murder in Sasha Krause’s killing.
Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small and midsize US congregations
By Yonat Shimron — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — The Faith Communities Today survey finds that half of the country’s congregations had 65 or fewer people in attendance on any given weekend, a drop from a median attendance level of 137 people in 2000.
Menlo Church investigation finds no direct evidence or disclosures of sexual abuse
By Bob Smietana — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — A long-expected report found no evidence of abuse at a San Francisco megachurch but did fault leaders for their lack of transparency.
Young Hindus get creative with home temples in cramped apartments
By Nidhi Upadhyaya — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — Despite space and time restrictions, Indians who have migrated to the U.S. find ways to stay close to their roots.