From Katrina to COVID, American crises expose racial injustice again and again
(RNS) — 15 years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina put a spotlight on racial injustice in society within the United States. Yet, all the disparities exposed then remain just as true today during COVID-19.
Holocaust, climate change — when did we know, what did we do?
Climate change. Future generations will ask: When did we know? And what did we do about it?
10 US mayors join Pope Francis in pledging to combat climate change, trafficking
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Among the 10 U.S. mayors to sign the declaration: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu.
COMMENTARY: After Hurricane Katrina, two congregations take a chance
(RNS) Religious people like to speak of the “Kingdom of God.” First Grace could be what that kingdom looks like. It is black, white and brown. Rich and poor. Gay and straight. Democrat and Republican.
For some converts, Ramadan is the loneliest time of year
(RNS) Ramadan is the most social month of the Muslim year, a period of fellowship with family and friends over sometimes lavish evening meals. But many American converts to Islam break the daily fast alone, often in front of the TV set.
Jews push back against Scouts over policy banning gays
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) For nearly a decade, hundreds of Boy Scouts have learned the virtues of the Ten Commandments on an annual hike to local churches, synagogues and mosques. But this year, Touro Synagogue says it's no longer willing to take part because the Scouts deny membership to gay troop leaders and gay adolescent Scouts. By Bruce Nolan.
Judge blocks New Orleans law that prevents preaching in French Quarter
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a city law that was recently used to arrest Christian evangelists who were preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, the annual celebration of gay culture in the French Quarter. By Bruce Nolan.
Preachers arrested during New Orleans gay pride party plan to sue for right to protest
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Nine preachers who were arrested after they allegedly yelled slurs during a gay pride festival plan to sue the city over an ordinance that bans “aggressive solicitation” in the city's storied French Quarter. By Katherine Fretland.
Seven years after Katrina, New Orleans Jews wander no more
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Three days before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that flooded their synagogue and two days before Hurricane Isaac hit landfall in Louisiana, the wandering Jews of Congregation Beth Israel are finally home. By Bruce Nolan.
Group house gives women a place to discern their calling as nuns
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Archdiocese of New Orleans has launched a kind of halfway house where a woman considering a vocation can live while giving the matter thought and prayer, the first in the nation that gives would-be nuns the same environment as would-be priests. By Bruce Nolan.
Southern Baptists elect Fred Luter as first black president
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Pointing heavenward and wiping away tears, the Rev. Fred Luter was elected Tuesday (June 19) as the first black president of the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention. By Adelle M. Banks.
Praying for New Orleans, one block at a time
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Millie Campbell and Betty Minor pray for an end to the scourge of murders sapping the city — 199 last year, and 17 or so on the streets Campbell drove last week. Sometimes, driver and passenger join hands, bouncing slowly over the pothole-filled streets of their neighborhood.