Religion: Humanity’s Greatest Invention
Author,Yuval Noah Harari believes humanity’s greatest invention is not the wheel, the printing press, or harnessing the atom, but religion.
Author,Yuval Noah Harari believes humanity’s greatest invention is not the wheel, the printing press, or harnessing the atom, but religion.
In 1944 they escaped the Nazis and were allowed to stay in the United States provided they each signed an agreement to return to Europe at war’s end.
Ceremony held at the Madrid-based National Church of Scientology of Spain.
A religious precedent at one of Germany's largest and grandest mosques
A Hindu advocacy organization has accused California’s civil rights agency of violating the constitutional rights of Hindu Americans
After decades of peaceful coexistence, relations among Indian Americans from the Hindu and Muslim faiths are showing signs of strain.
Andrew van der Bijl, Dutch Christian missionary, has died at 94.
The pope implores Putin to “stop this spiral of violence and death.”
Hateful behavior against Hindus mirrors hostility directed at Jews and Muslims.
Thousands of Latin Americans leave home and try crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on foot to find work.
The attack on Salman Rushdie in August was an attack on the very purpose of the program.
Pewaukee, Wisconsin, nurtures houses of worship devoted to Hinduism and Jainism.
On Thursday, September 15, President Biden hosted United We Stand Summit at the White House to counter the destructive effects of hate-fueled violence.
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Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine that traces its millennia-long history to a physician who served the Hindu gods, has made inroads in the United States.
Oldest and longest-serving British monarch and official head of the Church of England.
“God has called me, because of who I am and not in spite of who I am.”
An Arabic word used by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 reverberated across the world.
He’s an Anglican priest who helped expose a deportation scandal in the UK government.
On the 15th day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, Chinese people honor deceased ancestors.
India’s highest civilian award
Interfaith environmental initiative at Moschea di Roma forwards fraternity, friendship and a common goal.
The Museum of the Bible, one of the world’s few institutions dedicated to the divinely inspired scripture, located in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Striking a balance between security and inclusion
Street preachers and fringe groups that disapprove of Wiccans used bullhorns to disrupt WitchsFest USA this summer.
Mr. Orban’s remarks are “a violation of human dignity and morals,” says Hungarian chief rabbi Robert Frölich.
Two religious leaders share their views on the atomic bombs’ destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
School district targets illustrated adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” based on a parental complaint.
Enes Kanter Freedom holds a clinic in basketball and mutual understanding
75 years after partition, the Punjabi Lehar YouTube channel brings closure to separated families.
This is where Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars now hold their annual interfaith retreat.
Two Muslim students at an Islamic college in India are among the winners of a contest based on the Ramayana.
The pope’s apology tour to Canada
Evangelical Christianity is thriving among migrant workers in the Persian Gulf.
Religious diversity flourished in America long before the adoption of the First Amendment.
They were en route to the sacred Shri Amarnathji shrine in a Himalayan cave in Jammu and Kashmir, India.
There is no such thing as an illegal asylum-seeker. It is the people who exploit them that we need to crack down on, not our sisters and brothers in their need.
Religious leaders and organizations urge coordinated international response.
“The sweet song of creation invites us to practice an ecological spirituality attentive to God’s presence in the natural world.”
Pastor Ortiz, a Baptist minister providing shelter to asylum seekers, says “If we want to make sure our light shines in the darker places, we have to step forward.”
Nearly half of youth age 16 to 25 in Britain went to bed hungry last year and almost a quarter of them were forced to miss work or education for lack of food.
The highest appeals court in Germany denied the request to remove a highly offensive antisemitic sculpture from a Wittenburg church.
Provisions would criminalize not just proselytization but also apostasy or renunciation of religious belief.
China feels India’s support of the religious leader amounts to interference in China’s “internal affairs.”
Religious and ethnic minorities and women suffer in Afghanistan under the Taliban.
Promoting the use of the Catalan language in the religious and social activities of religious communities
Mes Aynak, an ancient Buddhist city, was once among the most prosperous trade centers along the famed Silk Road.
Oxford Anglicans to vow to protect the environment as part of public religious worship
The first large city in the U.S. to allow mosques to broadcast the ‘adhan’ over an outdoor loudspeaker
Government has responsibility to revitalize Native education, language, cultural and religious practices.
The Bible-based practice of infant circumcision and ritual slaughter practiced by Muslims and Jews is under attack.
A major milestone in the history of the Greek Orthodox community of Southern Appalachia
Rabbi Hart reached out to Pastor Harris with an idea based on the biblical concept of “shmita.“
A multi-decade career of service to his country and mankind
David Curry, President and CEO of the Christian outreach organization Open Doors, is a new commissioner.
In honor of Frank R. Wolf’s recent appointment to the USCIRF we republish an analysis of the religious freedom act bearing his name.
The Museum of the Bible is to honor the spiritual legacy of the Black church and its contributions to American faith, culture and history.
Two Muslim MPs have been sworn in as ministers in Australia’s recently elected government—a first for the country.
With 2 million men and women incarcerated in the United States and 95 percent scheduled for release, aid for reentry into society is essential.
How chaplains sustained us in the height of the pandemic.
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope with the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
A secret refuge in a walled-off section of a church in Rome
Sisters step forth in the spirit of Saint Paul to spread the word of Jesus Christ.
To Shadrach Kabango, better known as Shad, a life of harmony is the true objective.
The Church is inviting retired people with professional experience to become priests.
At its 2022 convention, Religion Communicators Council (RCC) elected Scientologist Brian Fesler as president of its board of governors.
Father Stu, a film about the power of religious faith to turn people’s lives around.
While religion has been the crux of many conflicts throughout history, often the discord stems from a lack of understanding.
The first woman to serve as president of the NCC and the first African American woman to serve as NCC general secretary
The long-awaited inclusion of girls in the renowned all-boys choir of St Paul’s Cathedral will finally take place in 2025.
The Rev. Jill Clancy says she’s thrilled that being a presence in the prison helped inmates confined to their cells because of the pandemic.
Supporting historical, architectural and artistic heritage of church buildings as assets to their communities
While the United States Senate is often notorious for their differences along party lines, they most definitely agree on one thing—human rights must be recognized on an international scale.
Nearly 125 years ago, a choirboy from a Victorian orphanage asked not to be forgotten. Here is his story.
A diocese of the church plans to build 300 new affordable homes on their own idle land over the next two years.
Making it possible for Afghan refugees to practice their religion and regain a sense of belonging
A 27-year-old chaplain in Ukrainian military struggles to deal with the reality of war.
Happiness. It’s what we strive for every day. Can a simple booklet of 21 precepts hold the key?
Black Men in White Coats event aims to bring more African Americans into the health care field.
For the first time in five decades, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints Temple of Washington D.C., will be open to the public.
Religious Freedom Day was celebrated April 21 at the State Capitol.
Sister Stephanie Baliga is racing to deal with food insecurity. Literally.
The 11th President of the State of Israel hosted 200 guests at an interfaith iftar at his home April 13—two nights before Passover.
Why the holidays of three of the world’s major faiths—Judaism, Islam and Christianity—coincided in mid-April this year.
An iconic British museum devoted to art and promoting dialogue between diverse religions has been rescued.
Muslim leaders from across the Americas have endorsed the Charter of Makkah.
Gina A. Zurlo, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, believes the answer is “yes.”
“Praise New York,” an exhibit by Karl Haendel March 10–April 16 at the Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery on West 26th Street, honors unsung heroes.
Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan with dawn-to-dusk fasting, charity, and prayer.
College basketball’s leading scorer across all NCAA divisions is a Sabath-observant Jew who has decided to enter the NBAA draft.
“Religion can have a favorable impact on individual-level health,” according to a study published in January.
Teaming up to help lessen the city’s affordable housing crisis.
Renowned ultra-Orthodox scholar and one of the most respected religious figures in Israel died March 18 at 94.
Madeleine Albright, top diplomat of the Clinton administration, died March 23. She was 84.
A 2021 study reveals discrimination against students with North African names applying for masters programs in France.
The first woman to hold a top position in the governorship of Vatican City
Sister Vassa Larin decries the silence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora on the War in Ukraine.
Building inclusive fusion coalitions that are multiracial and interfaith
A new podcast about American converts to Islam is gaining public attention not so much for highlighting how and why they become Muslim but for going beyond their conversion stories to explore a deeper issue: What challenges do the individuals face after they change their faith and how does Islam con
Paul Farmer, Harvard physician and anthropologist, widely recognized for his leadership in providing medical care to some of the poorest people around the world, died in his sleep of sudden cardiac arrest on February 21 in Butaro , a rural region of Rwanda. He was 62.
For many Jews, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has taken on the stature of a Jewish hero of old.
A contingent of conservative members of the United Methodists Church announced they will form a new worldwide denomination on May 1, 2022.
Members of the Bahá’í faith, along with Zoroastrians, Persians, and Muslim communities are among more than 300 million celebrating Nowruz on the first day of spring.
Pope Francis invites the world to develop “a new politics for the elderly.”
Nearly 75 percent of young people age 13 to 25 identify as religious or spiritual.
Young is celebrating his 90th birthday with a four-day celebration March 9–12 dedicated to “peace and reconciliation.”
Legislation from the Missouri House of Representatives aims to prevent future shutdowns of religious organizations.
The pontiff urges the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to continue making religious freedom a priority.
A sociologist of religion and education has found that the religious upbringing of teenagers has a powerful influence on their academic success.
The Vatican believes there is “always room for negotiations.”
The unique and lasting contributions of two former Delaware slaves who founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in protest against segregation in the house of God.
In celebration of National Black History Month, we honor the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, a woman of deep and abiding faith.
A millennium after Iceland adopted Christianity as its national religion, a pagan faith dating to the era of the Vikings is making a vibrant comeback.
Youth and young adults from around the world to gather to experience “the unity and universality of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Miriam Lorie, 35, was recently appointed as a “rabbi in training” in the town of Borehamwood, UK.
A mosque, synagogue and church—part of a colossal interfaith complex in the UAE
Argentine authorities are encouraged by the change they see from the influence of evangelical programs that are quelling violence and crime in correctional facilities.
Throughout the United States, a battle is taking place for continued access to sacred sites and their protection in perpetuity.
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed and held in solitary confinement for eight days along with other organizers of the Good Friday nonviolent protest. Their purpose was to draw attention to intolerable and unchanging conditions in Birmingham, Alabama.
Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, one of South Africa’s most enduring voices for social change and poverty alleviation.
A little-known Sikh-American faith-based environmental organization calls for action to confront the world’s ecological problems.
United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announces an initiative to enhance coordination, collaboration and action among government agencies and departments.
Salvation Army in Britain is turning to an innovative, high-tech form of lodging for the homeless.
When an outdoor statue of the Buddha at a Buddhist center in the United States required a major restoration, monks at the center got help from an unexpected source.
Study suggest high levels of charity by American Muslims may in part reflect “efforts to fight Islamophobia.”
Foundations for Farming, a Christian nonprofit in Africa, uses an eco-friendly method of cultivating crops.
Modern-day slavery in the UK worsened despite the pandemic, according to a report released in October 2021.
According to a 2016 study, religion contributes an average of $1.2 trillion every year to the U.S.—a sum greater than the combined annual revenues of the world’s 10 leading tech companies.
Raboteau’s pioneering work on the history and religious experience of American slaves changed the way Black culture and religion are studied in America.
An Orthodox Jewish sailor and three Muslim colleagues have challenged U.S. Navy policy that allows sailors to wear beards for medical reasons but not religious ones.
A Muslim cleric in Oklahoma City was overcome with emotion by a Jewish teen’s gesture of love and empathy.
A nomadic Tibetan tribe and Buddhist monks protest a government plan to build a hydroelectric project that could destroy monasteries and temples in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India.
The Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah may have been inspired by a cosmic collision on Earth in 1650 B.C.
Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle is founder of Homeboy Industries, one of the world’s largest gang intervention and rehabilitation programs.
A choir featuring members of 65 churches and ministries across the United Kingdom came together virtually in the height of the pandemic to record their own version of a new song.
Pope Francis is setting the stage for an unprecedented overhaul of the power structure within the Roman Catholic Church—a change aimed at reforming the institution’s hierarchical decision-making mechanism by replacing it with a decentralized system of authority.
The world’s three top Christian leaders have made an unprecedented joint appeal on climate change to members of their churches.
A panel of journalists and scholars speak of the impact of 9/11 on American Muslims.
After meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in private September 12, in a speech at an outdoor Mass attended by tens of thousands, Pope Francis urged inclusion.
As American troops evacuate Afghanistan, a Christian group warns of dire consequences for Afghan Christians.
As objects of religious devotion and worship, few cultural icons anywhere can rival the roughly three dozen monumental statues of Jesus Christ built over nearly a century across the planet.
Jalue Dorje, high school freshman from Minnesota, hopes to become an apostle of peace.
Jonathan Roumie, a devout Roman Catholic, has been inspired in his portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the television series The Chosen by Pope Francis’s vision of mercy.
Marc Lieberman, a San Francisco ophthalmologist who organized dialogue between the Dalai Lama and American Jewish leaders and restored the eyesight of thousands of Tibetans, died August 2 at 72.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has updated its official handbook, calling on members to extend support to refugees.
A historic decision by the State Administrative Court of Appeal of Bavaria rules that requiring the signing of a controversial “sect filter ” to receive a grant for an e-bike violates the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.
An American family has taken to the Colorado wilderness to focus public attention on human rights abuse occurring 6,700 miles away in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, home to the minority Muslim Uyghur community.
Pope Francis initiates World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, urging people everywhere to reach out to older generations.
The Church of England has revealed plans to apologize, for the first time since it was established in 1534 , for the 1222 expulsion of Jews from medieval England.
A Catholic cleric who is among roughly two-dozen deaf priests worldwide is on a mission to change the perception of deafness so it is treated as a culture not a disability.
As in 2020, foreigners eager to perform Islam’s holiest pilgrimage, the Hajj, will not be permitted to enter the kingdom of Saudi Arabia because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
As India braces for a third wave of COVID-19 infections, faith-based Sikh nongovernment organizations are providing life-saving oxygen concentrators free of cost to people who have trouble breathing.
“The narrow view that top films provide of the Muslim community is one that must shift and grow to ensure that Muslims are not only represented on screen, but that their stories can connect with and inspire audiences around the world,” new study shows.
The United States Senate has confirmed the son of Pakistani immigrants as a federal judge, marking the first time in the nation’s history that a Muslim has become a Federal District Court judge.
A Buddhist monastery affiliated with His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is intensifying a fundraising campaign to build a one-of-a-kind library, learning center and museum on its estate in Ithaca, New York, devoted to promoting human values and religious harmony.
Pastor of the Church of Scientology Nashville and vice president of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) Board of Governors, Brian Fesler is a decades-long veteran in the art of making religion meaningful across religious and cultural divides.
These challenges can only be addressed by political leaders coming together with a genuine desire to find solutions. they say.
The death of Duke of Edinburgh at age 99 on Easter Friday led to an outpouring of grief across the world.
After a year contending with COVID-19 and regulations preventing the gathering of friends and extended families, for Passover this year, with coronavirus infections plummeting, the country has eased restrictions and families are celebrating together once again.
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.
A United Nations General Assembly resolution calls for greater efforts to protect religious sites from acts of violence.
Quakers relentlessly championed the rights of every man and woman to live free.
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.
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.
Last month’s ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU outlaws the ritual slaughter called for in Muslim and Orthodox Jewish law.
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.
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.
Across much of the United States, religious groups are taking offering reparations to African Americans.
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago made history December 12 by electing its first African American and first woman bishop, Rev. Paula E. Clark.
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.
Through research, teaching, and public engagement the Center seeks to resolve complex global challenges to peace.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
One in four Americans reports their faith has become stronger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a nationwide survey.