WASHINGTON (RNS) — In the early 1990s, as Congress was considering the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the U.S. Catholic bishops surprised some religious liberty advocates by voicing opposition to the bill. As their representatives explained at a hearing before...
(RNS) — There’s an entire genre of storytelling about leaving insular religious communities. Only a few years ago, Tara Westover’s knockout bestseller, “Educated,” told of her escape from her fundamentalist Mormon family in rural Idaho. The Jewish world has also...
(RNS) — Three months after his return to the Chicago Sinai Congregation after a leave of absence during which he was investigated for creating a hostile workplace culture, Rabbi Seth Limmer is leaving the Reform synagogue. In a letter to...
(RNS) — After a beloved choirmaster of a Texas church died in 2020, her congregation wanted to honor her in a unique way. The committee of Cross Tracks Church, a United Methodist congregation in the Austin suburb of Liberty Hill,...
(RNS) — When the Rev. Kira Austin-Young, an Episcopal priest in Nashville, Tennessee, heard that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade, she began thinking about her congregation. She also began doing the math, figuring the time it...
(RNS) — With Mother’s Day falling every year on a Sunday — this year it’s May 8 — many churches try to honor the moms in their congregations during weekly worship services. The world’s sacred texts include a number of...
(RNS) — Before I mentally leave Poland, I want to invite you to make one more stop with me. Let us walk to the Jewish Quarter, in the Kazimierz district in Krakow. I have already taken you around the Quarter,...
CHICAGO (RNS) — In America’s third largest city, it’s possible to get a crash course in the world’s religions in a journey of just a few miles — from the University of Chicago’s majestic, ecumenical Christian Rockefeller Memorial Chapel...
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Maryland Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin expressed concerns on Thursday about needing to “deprogram” some Republican House colleagues he described as acting like “members of a religious cult,” and singled out “white Christian nationalist groups” among those...
(RNS) — What everyone agrees on is that something unusual happened at Tall el-Hammam, an ancient settlement near the Dead Sea. In a layer of ancient earth, archaeologists claim to have found evidence of an apocalyptic event: Melted rooftops. Disintegrated...