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Robert Putnam thinks religion could play a role in healing divisions
By Yonat Shimron — November 24, 2020
(RNS) — The renowned political scientist and his co-author say the reforms enacted in response to the Social Gospel movement of the Progressive Era might provide a lesson.
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Muslim Pro, a popular prayer app, stops providing user data to firm selling to US military
By Aysha Khan — November 18, 2020
(RNS) — An investigation by Vice News found that two Muslim lifestyle apps were among hundreds of smartphone apps whose users’ location data has been sold to companies passing data on to military contractors.
Hate crime deaths reach all-time high, despite chronic underreporting
By Paul O'Donnell — November 18, 2020
(RNS) — Three things the Biden-Harris administration can do to help address the pandemic of hate in our country.
Catholic bishops broadcast mixed messages about Biden’s victory
By Jack Jenkins — November 17, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The head of the U.S. bishops conference has taken a more cautious tone over time despite initially congratulating the president-elect on his victory.
How law-and-order evangelicals helped shape today’s criminal justice system
By Yonat Shimron — November 16, 2020
(RNS) — Evangelicals have largely championed the rise of mass incarceration, writes Aaron Griffith in his new book. They've also undertaken novel ministries to try to bring compassion, healing and conversion to those behind bars.
Dorothy Day’s granddaughter sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in
By Yonat Shimron — November 13, 2020
(RNS) — Martha Hennessy received the lightest sentence of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 — the group of Catholic pacifists who broke into the Navy base 40 miles south of Brunswick, Georgia, on April 4, 2018.
The campaign is over. Will a Biden-Harris administration deliver on its interfaith promises?
By Paul O'Donnell — November 13, 2020
(Interfaith America) — Leveraging the religious and ethical values of millions of Americans - both to build religious pluralism, and to solve social problems - could be a lasting legacy of their administration.
A blue surprise? As Arizona trends toward Biden, Latino voters stand out
By Alejandra Molina — November 12, 2020
(RNS) — The election results in Arizona are a testament to the grassroots organizing work that has been present in the state for the past 10 years.
Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive
By Yonat Shimron — November 12, 2020
(RNS) — Diversity is a one-way street, the new study found. In nearly all cases, Blacks are joining mostly white congregations. Few whites join predominantly Black churches.
Hillsong founder Brian Houston announces investigation after NYC pastor Carl Lentz’s firing
By Roxanne Stone — November 12, 2020
NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘We are launching an independent investigation into the inner workings of Hillsong NYC/ East Coast. We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning,’ Houston said in a tweet Thursday (Nov. 12).
Anxiety, loneliness and spiritual isolation characterize life in prison during pandemic
By Roxanne Stone — November 10, 2020
NEW YORK (RNS) — Religious practices of all sorts are fixtures of community for those inside — and all have been stymied by the pandemic lockdowns.
Across America, Muslims are becoming a fixture on the disaster relief landscape
By Aysha Khan — November 9, 2020
(RNS) — Muslim American philanthropies are increasingly turning their volunteer efforts to emergency relief projects in the U.S.
5 Faith-facts about VP-elect Kamala Harris, a Black Baptist with a Hindu family
By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2020
(RNS) — Few, if any, vice presidential candidates have had as much exposure to the world’s religions as Kamala Harris, the 55-year-old senator from California whom Joe Biden picked Tuesday (Aug. 11) as his running mate.