February 28, 2021 •
Black History Month, the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Message for Our Times
Eight years before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech where he shared his dream for America, that dream was born in the city of Montgomery, Alabama.
February 17, 2021 •
UN Adopts Resolution to Safeguard Religious Sites, Promote Culture of Peace and Tolerance
A United Nations General Assembly resolution calls for greater efforts to protect religious sites from acts of violence.
February 3, 2021 •
On the Anniversary of Congress Passing the 13th Amendment, Celebrating the Role of the Society of Friends in the Fight Against Slavery in America
Quakers relentlessly championed the rights of every man and woman to live free.
February 3, 2021 •
Remembering Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Icon Whose Faith Inspired Her Resistance
A quiet, tired seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus propelled the U.S. civil rights movement into wide public view, Rosa Parks was also a religious woman whose faith prompted her defiant action in 1955.
January 18, 2021 •
World Religion Day: Never More Important
Every year, on the third Sunday in January people of myriad cultures and backgrounds come together on World Religion Day in celebration of the commonality of faiths throughout the world.
Muslim and Jewish Leaders Protest EU Court Decision Banning Kosher and Halal Ritual Slaughter
Last month’s ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU outlaws the ritual slaughter called for in Muslim and Orthodox Jewish law.
2020 Ends on High Note for Arkansas Neighborhood Where the Holidays Were Marred by Racism
A powerful instance of community harmony and unity unfolded in Arkansas just as the year was ending in the midst of the most subdued Christmas in living memory.
December 21, 2020 •
Do University Cuts to Religious Studies Programs Threaten Social Cohesion in Our Multireligious World?
A growing number of U.S. universities, struggling to cope with financial pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, are cutting academic programs on the study of religion.
December 21, 2020 •
Reparation Initiatives Gather Momentum in U.S. Churches
Across much of the United States, religious groups are taking offering reparations to African Americans.
December 17, 2020 •
Chicago’s Episcopal Diocese Elects First Black Female Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago made history December 12 by electing its first African American and first woman bishop, Rev. Paula E. Clark.
December 14, 2020 •
Hanukkah Candles Burn Bright Despite the Pandemic
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the celebration of Hanukkah, which began December 10 this year, throughout the world, the joy of the festival shines through.
November 30, 2020 •
Berkley Center Addresses the Role of Religion in Global Affairs
Through research, teaching, and public engagement the Center seeks to resolve complex global challenges to peace.
November 10, 2020 •
Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference Resumes Fall Webinars
The Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference (SEAFoRB), an annual assembly of religious freedom advocates, human rights groups, academics and policymakers, resumed its 2020 series of webinars today in Bangkok, Thailand.
November 2, 2020 •
Elite Marathoner’s Shabbat Observance Challenges Tokyo Olympics Schedule
Orthodox Jewish runner, Beatie Deutsche, winner of Israel’s national marathon championship in 2019, won’t be competing in the Tokyo Olympics unless the IOC changes their decision and holds the women’s marathon any other day but Saturday.
October 27, 2020 •
Thoughts on International Religious Freedom Day From the Church of Scientology Nashville
In any ordinary year, the Church of Scientology Nashville holds a special service to observe International Religious Freedom Day, open to members of all faiths or none. But this is no ordinary year.
European Religious Envoy Position to be Reinstated in the Wake of Demands From Faith Leaders, Politicians and Civil Society
Facing intense pressure from faith leaders across Europe’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as parliamentarians, national representatives, scholars and civil society, the European Commission has decided to restore the position of Special Envoy to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief
Academics From the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University Offer Advice on Achieving Racial Justice
As the Black Lives Matter movement swept the country and inspired worldwide protest, two academics specializing in religion and community life addressed what churches can do to confront and reverse racial injustice.
Baptist Group Champions Religious Liberty Through Activism, Education and Training
Under the motto “Faith. Freedom. For All,” the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) “brings people together” to tackle three threats to religious liberty in America.
Survey Finds Faith Strengthened by the COVID-19 Pandemic
One in four Americans reports their faith has become stronger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a nationwide survey.