Putting Black at the center of interfaith


(RNS) — Every January, the city of New York hosts an interfaith breakfast that gathers my fellow New Yorkers who work to improve the lives of people in the five boroughs of NYC and beyond. Gathered under one roof for several hours are representatives of the many different faiths that can be found in our … Read more

If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy


(RNS) — On June 9, two Southern Baptist pastors, Tom Ascol of Florida and Tom Buck of Texas, called on the delegates to next week’s denominational meeting in Nashville to rescind Resolution 9, which lays out the SBC’s position on critical race theory (CRT), the academic framework behind many contemporary ideas about systemic racism. Since … Read more

The social-media-examined life is not the one that sustains us


(RNS) — I was recently asked if the life I lead — the public one, as a writer, speaker and “influencer” (as they say) — was the one I’d always envisioned for myself. The answer is no. My public life is not what feeds the desires of my heart. It is not the vision I … Read more

Catholics are asking for bread. Their bishops are giving stones.


(RNS) — In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asks, “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?” I have been turning that question over in my head lately as I consider the recent behavior of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. These are men who trace … Read more

The bubbas-that-be in the SBC


(RNS) — If you think it’s a coincidence that two accusatory letters from Russell Moore were leaked just before the Southern Baptist Convention convenes in Nashville, Tennessee, next week, I’ve got a big granite mountain east of Atlanta to sell you. The main business of the annual meeting will be to elect a new SBC … Read more

In Japan, ‘tree burials’ gain in popularity as lack of burial space changes funerals worldwide


(The Conversation) — As the global population continues to grow, space for putting the dead to rest is at a premium. In the U.S., some of the biggest cities are already short on burial land, and so are many other nations around the world. At the same time, many nations are transforming funerary rituals, changing … Read more

How do we talk to young people about Israel and the Palestinians?


(RNS) — “You lied to us!” Few sentences wound me, and other rabbis and educators, quite as deeply. Who is saying those words? Young Jews — college kids and young adults. About what did we supposedly lie to them? Israel. “Lied?” As in: “deliberately deceived?” Hardly. “Didn’t give them a larger, more nuanced picture of the … Read more

Confessions of a reluctant Hindu


(RNS) — The Indian American community has been recently roiled by three lawsuits, which have shed light on deep divisions within the Hindu diaspora. One involves debates over the links between Hindus in the United States and Hindutva, or Hindu nationalism, in India. Two other lawsuits involve caste discrimination and caste exploitation in U.S. workplaces. … Read more

As Catholic bishops’ Communion war roils June meeting, look what’s not on the agenda


(RNS) — When the bishops gather virtually for their June meeting next week, all the attention will be focused on whether pro-choice Catholic politicians will be banned from Communion. The answer — spoiler alert! — is no. At the June 16-18 meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will only vote on whether to permit … Read more

I Believe! … In QAnon? What nonbelievers don’t get about conspiracy beliefs

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(RNS) — What is the difference between being faithful and being faith-filled, and how might that difference be shaping politics and culture today? Those questions matter more and more, as we learn more and more about the role of faith in the lives of QAnon followers and the place of QAnon in the lives of … Read more