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Diversity trouble at Duke Divinity

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Reports of the resignation of Paul Griffiths, a professor of Catholic theology at Duke Divinity School, relate his departure to a …

Education

Duke divinity professor calls diversity training ‘a waste,’ faces discipline

A divinity professor at Duke University has apparently resigned following disciplinary actions against him, after he questioned the value of …

North Carolina

Episcopalians, Methodists propose full-communion agreement

The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue Committee met in April in Charlotte, North Carolina.[Episcopal News Service] A group of Episcopalians …

Religion

'Fear Less, Love More': Youth march against Islamophobia in Winnipeg

Experience of racism, xenophobia in school leads Grade 12 student to take action<p>Her own experience with racism and xenophobia as a young newcomer to …

Refugees

Is the Old Testament dying?

(RNS) Brent Strawn was teaching at a Methodist church in Atlanta when he asked his class to identify the origin of Jesus’ well-known cry from the …

Theology

Why Iranian Christians are pinning hopes on 'moderate' Rouhani, despite human rights failures

<b>As Iranians head to the polls today (19 May) to vote for their next President, World Watch Monitor takes a look at President Hassan Rouhani’s first</b> …

Iran

Finnish school system facing lack of qualified teachers of Islam

Education officials believe that there are many reasons for the scarcity of teachers to instruct primary school students in the fundamentals of …

Education

Dutch Lawmakers Oppose Headscarf Proposal For Amsterdam Police

<b>The Hague:</b> Dutch lawmakers have voiced opposition to a proposal by Amsterdam's top police official to consider allowing female Muslim agents to wear …

A State of suspicion: Counter-radicalization in Norway « The Immanent Frame

At the national party congress of the governing populist right-wing Progress Party in Norway in May, the assembled party delegates adopted …

Extremism

In Vancouver, Christian recovery programs respond to opioid crisis

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (RNS) Freddy’s addiction started with alcohol, moving up to methamphetamines and heroin. He was in and out of juvenile …

British Columbia

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Have House Burned Down, Worship Halls Liquidated While Preparing Ban Appeal

Even though an appeal has yet to be heard, an order banning Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia has already had a significant impact.

Jehovah's Witnesses

The Latest: Trump to call for unity in fight vs. radicalism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia (all times local):<p>5:20 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump will issue a call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a "battle between good and evil."<p>According to a draft of the …

Donald Trump

Since ban, persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses is ‘worse than ever’

Judges of Russia’s Supreme Court attend a hearing in Moscow on Jan. 23, 2014. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Maxim Shemetov<p>(RNS) Since the Russian Supreme …

Religion

Lutherans Celebrate Reformation Where Germany Committed Genocide

Hundreds of Lutherans gathered this week for a global celebration of the Reformation. But they didn’t do it in Germany, where their namesake Martin …

History

Pope Francis goes door-to-door to bless families in beach town

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to a poor beachside town south of Rome where he went door-to-door blessing families.<p>The Vatican …

Christianity

El Salvador judge reopens case of archbishop's 1980 murder

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered a reopening of the case of the 1980 murder of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero.<p>The decision stems from a separate court ruling that overturned an amnesty law blocking investigation and punishment of crimes from the …

El Salvador

New Jersey cardinal blasts GOP for ignoring immigration reform

NEW YORK (RNS) As the nation’s capital buzzed about President Trump’s latest tweets and political fate, a Catholic cardinal who is one of the …

How an Orthodox Rabbi Became an Unlikely Ally of the Christian Right

(Ohr Torah Stone)“We are in a third world war,” said Shlomo Riskin, slamming his fist on the table. We were sitting in a windowless room in the D.C. …

Religion

China, once officially atheist, now booming with religion

DAVIS, Calif. (RNS) When Ian Johnson first went to China as a student three decades ago, he pronounced religion there “dead.”<p>But Johnson, a Pulitzer …

How "Race Tests" Maintain Evangelical Segregation

Comedian John Crist’s YouTube sketches lampooning Christian subculture have gained notoriety largely due to the repetitive one liners that tap …

Pew Research

Every four years, American political journalists, who rarely interest themselves in spiritual matters outside of election cycles, act out their own …

Religion

Christian militias kill up to 30 Muslim civilians in Central African Republican

BANGUI, Central African Republic (Reuters) Hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside a mosque in the Central African Republic’s border town of …

Africa

This woman preacher is schooling the Christian boys club on the crucifixion

If you are embedded in a Catholic or conservative Protestant community, you might assume that theology is a man’s job. After all, most theological …

Faith

Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage

<b>The Romanian Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of a proposal to amend the Constitution to ensure that marriage is defined as the union of one</b> …

Equality

UN religious freedom expert hails Albania interfaith harmony

The U.N. expert on religious freedom has praised Albania's interfaith tolerance, considering it to be an example for other countries.<p>Ahmed Shaheed …

Religion

Trump’s praise for evangelical voters is certainly warranted by polling data

During his commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday, Donald Trump praised the school’s evangelical community for its support of him in the 2016 presidential election.<p>“In this beautiful campus and in your smiling faces but it all began with a vision. That vision was of a world class …

Elections

Trump relaunches bid for Muslim travel ban

US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travellers from six-majority Muslim nations is back in court.<p>US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travellers from six-majority Muslim nations is back in court.<p>Federal judges temporarily blocked the ban after several states argued …

Donald Trump

Christian sect members attack Congo prison, free leader and 50 inmates

Witnesses heard gunfire, saw prisoners wearing blue shirts with yellow collars in the streets<p>Supporters of a jailed Christian sect leader attacked …

UZBEKISTAN: Deportation, fines, Bible and Koran seizures - 17 May 2017

In early April, a Russian Protestant was deported back to Russia with no court decision to punish her for attending a Christian meeting in a flat in …

Extremism

Australian police closer to deciding Vatican abuse charges

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police said Wednesday they were a step closer to deciding whether to charge a top Vatican cardinal over allegations of sexual assault dating back decades.<p>Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, has long …

Christianity