(RNS) — Israelis and their supporters abhor it when the term apartheid is applied to the country, as Amnesty International did in a recent report on Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. The problem, however, is not the term itself, but...
(RNS) — Traditional forms of youth ministry are losing their effectiveness. Attendance numbers at weekly worship are down across the board, and anecdotally, pastors, youth ministers and campus ministers are almost universally reporting greater difficulty in accessing and...
(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) — Every year I take a close look at sacred texts, primarily Jewish ones (I am a rabbi, after all) to divine the Super Bowl winner. My record is impeccable, but past results are no guarantee of future...
(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) — After nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, is no more. In a 6-3 decision Friday (June 24), the Supreme Court overruled both Roe, decided in 1973, and a 1992 decision...
(RNS) — The songs sung at this Friday night Sabbath service included the traditional, “Lecha Dodi,” as well as “Wade in the Water.” The musical accompaniments were a guitar and an African drum. This pioneering service marking Juneteenth — the day...
(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,...
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Leaders of a range of faiths stood before the Supreme Court and declared their support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the historic nominee for associate justice, to take a seat within its chambers. Those who stood before...
(RNS) — American Jews say they were blindsided by the U.S. Senate’s lightning-fast passage of a bill to make daylight saving time year-round and intend to fight it. The Sunshine Protection Act, which passed the Senate on March 15, will...