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Clergy among advocates suing Texas over new law deputizing citizens to enforce abortion ban

By Alejandra Molina — July 16, 2021
(RNS) —'If we as people of faith want to remain free of interference from the government, S.B. 8 should worry us beyond what we think is right or wrong about abortion,' said the Rev. Daniel Kanter.

COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — July 16, 2021
(AP) — The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll among Roman Catholic priests and nuns around the world, killing hundreds of them.

Southern Baptist youth pastor and National Guard chaplain suspended after arrest on solicitation charges

By Bob Smietana — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — Fairfield Baptist Church in Tennessee says it is shocked by the arrest of the church's youth minister and will cooperate with authorities.

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science

By Carol Kuruvilla — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Mistrust of the scientific community is affecting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But research suggests the religion and science debate wasn’t always this divisive.

The path to herd immunity runs through America’s faith communities 

By Eboo Patel, Robert P. Jones — May 24, 2021
(RNS) — Residents of many of the most vaccine-hesitant areas in the United States turn out to be remarkably receptive to faith-based interventions.

Domestic abuse surged under COVID-19. Clergy need better tools to help survivors.

By Donna Kirshbaum — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — Ready or not, clergy are likely to be sought out more frequently by those leaving homes after a year of quarantine and quarreling. 

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The scientific community has a storytelling problem’

By Julie Schonfeld — February 2, 2021
(RNS) — The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, a Buddhist monk ordained by the Dalai Lama, on the impact and challenges of the pandemic.

Faith leaders can help end COVID-19 pandemic by promoting vaccination

By Julie Schonfeld — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — Clergy need to seek advice from professionals and listen to our communities' concerns.

The pandemic isn’t over, and misinformation can still be deadly

By Myal Greene — October 21, 2020
(RNS) — By engaging people of faith, we’ve defeated pandemics before. We can do it again.

As political violence rises, we need peacemakers at the polls

By Jennifer Butler — October 16, 2020
(RNS) — Pastors can't take a bloodless election for granted. But people of faith have unique power to keep the peace, now and in the long term.

From changing lives to preaching at iPads: How clergy are coping with the new normal

By Adelle M. Banks — July 24, 2020
(RNS) — ‘We moved from snow day mentality to marathon mentality now,’ said pastor and church consultant Rob Dyer.

Months into COVID-19, funeral directors and clergy continue to innovate death care

By Alejandra Molina — July 10, 2020
(RNS) — Spurred by lockdowns, funeral homes, green burial conservations and houses of faith are innovating to adjust to a new normal of death care.

Four ways to tell a prophet from a political puppet

By Thomas Reese — June 11, 2020
(RNS) — Today, there are prophetic voices on almost every issue: pro-life prophets and feminist prophets. How can we judge true from false?

Giving back to those who serve: Caring for our faith leaders

By Melinda Moore, Glen Bloomstrom — May 14, 2020
(RNS) — Those who lead our faith communities need to know they too can reach out for support and help when needed.

How a part-time pastor can keep a financially strapped church alive

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — May 7, 2020
(RNS) — Despite fears that losing full-time clergy will lead to further decline, going part time can mean more vitality, not less.
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