Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

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(RNS) — Hers was the ethereal voice “America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews said “we all need to hear this year.” Jane Marczewski’s performance of her original song “It’s OK” won her the coveted Golden Buzzer from TV’s toughest judge, Simon Cowell, earlier this week on the NBC show, showering the singer, who performs as … Read more

‘Serenade’ album celebrates LGBTQ youth ahead of Queer Youth of Faith Day

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Artist Mel Rottman talks about their new single featured in the Beloved Arise “Serenade” album. Video screengrab. Video by Rob Cooley (RNS) — When 19-year-old Mel Rottman came out as gay, they thought they would lose their community. Instead, Rottman was met with love from their parents, pastor and church. “A lot of my faith … Read more

A refugee agency rebuilds its pipeline after Trump: ‘We’re starting from scratch’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) — When the Sprunger family was matched with their foster daughter, an unaccompanied refugee child from Eritrea, they were told the 16-year-old could join them as soon as a couple of weeks, recalled Jessica Sprunger, 33, who lives near Traverse City, Michigan. RELATED: Faith-based refugee resettlement groups describe what it will … Read more