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November 28, 2022   •   

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.

November 27, 2022   •   

World War II Operetta by Holocaust Survivors Premieres After 77 Years

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.

November 20, 2022   •   

Scientology and the Mejora Foundation Present the 9th Annual Religious Freedom Awards

Ceremony held at the Madrid-based National Church of Scientology of Spain.

November 3, 2022   •   

Islamic Call to Prayer Launched From Mosque in Cologne

A religious precedent at one of Germany's largest and grandest mosques

November 1, 2022   •   

Hindu Group Sues State of California For Taking Aim at Caste

A Hindu advocacy organization has accused California’s civil rights agency of violating the constitutional rights of Hindu Americans

October 25, 2022   •   

Schisms in India’s U.S. Diaspora Reflect Hindu-Muslim Tensions

After decades of peaceful coexistence, relations among Indian Americans from the Hindu and Muslim faiths are showing signs of strain.

October 21, 2022   •   

In Memoriam: ‘God’s Smuggler’ Brother Andrew Who Brought Bibles Behind the Iron Curtain

Andrew van der Bijl, Dutch Christian missionary, has died at 94.

October 13, 2022   •   

Tormented by ‘Rivers of Blood and Tears,’ Pope Francis Pleads For a Cease-Fire in Ukraine

The pope implores Putin to “stop this spiral of violence and death.”

October 12, 2022   •   

Fueled by Social Media, Hinduphobia Surges Across the United States

Hateful behavior against Hindus mirrors hostility directed at Jews and Muslims.

October 3, 2022   •   

A Pastor and His ‘Desert Chaplains’ Search for Missing Migrants

Thousands of Latin Americans leave home and try crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on foot to find work.

September 22, 2022   •   

Rushdie Attack Took Aim at the Pluralism at the Heart of Chautauqua Institution

The attack on Salman Rushdie in August was an attack on the very purpose of the program.

September 19, 2022   •   

A Small Town in Wisconsin Opens Its Arms to Ancient Indian Faiths

Pewaukee, Wisconsin, nurtures houses of worship devoted to Hinduism and Jainism.

September 16, 2022   •   

White House Hosts a Summit to Unite the Nation Against Hate

On Thursday, September 15, President Biden hosted United We Stand Summit at the White House to counter the destructive effects of hate-fueled violence.

September 14, 2022   •   

Yes, There ARE Good Things Happening Out There

Here are some good news items that you may have missed this year.

September 12, 2022   •   

Ayurveda, Medicine of the Hindu Gods, Goes Mainstream in America

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.

September 9, 2022   •   

In Memoriam: Queen Elizabeth II

Oldest and longest-serving British monarch and official head of the Church of England.

September 6, 2022   •   

First Asian Woman Minister of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

“God has called me, because of who I am and not in spite of who I am.”

September 4, 2022   •   

What is a Fatwa? A Scholar of Religion Strips the Word of its Stereotypes

An Arabic word used by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 reverberated across the world.

September 3, 2022   •   

Church of England Appoints First Racial Justice Director

He’s an Anglican priest who helped expose a deportation scandal in the UK government.

September 2, 2022   •   

Hungry Ghost Festival

On the 15th day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, Chinese people honor deceased ancestors.

August 29, 2022   •   

Indian Parliament Urged to Recognize the Dalai Lama with the Bharat Ratna award

India’s highest civilian award

August 27, 2022   •   

Muslims and Scientologists Restore Beauty of the Neighborhood of the Grand Mosque of Rome

Interfaith environmental initiative at Moschea di Roma forwards fraternity, friendship and a common goal.

August 26, 2022   •   

Museum of the Bible: A Treasure Trove for Religious Scholars

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.

August 25, 2022   •   

How a Black Leader is Helping Make Jewish Communities Safe, Diverse and Inclusive

Striking a balance between security and inclusion

August 24, 2022   •   

Protests Disrupt NYC Wiccan Faire

Street preachers and fringe groups that disapprove of Wiccans used bullhorns to disrupt WitchsFest USA this summer.

August 23, 2022   •   

Hungarian Prime Minister’s Racist Comments Earn Condemnation

Mr. Orban’s remarks are “a violation of human dignity and morals,” says Hungarian chief rabbi Robert Frölich.

August 21, 2022   •   

Anniversary of Japan’s Atomic Bombings Prompts Religious Reflection

Two religious leaders share their views on the atomic bombs’ destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

August 20, 2022   •   

Shock, Outrage, Condemnation in the Wake of a Texas School District’s Banning of ‘Anne Frank’

School district targets illustrated adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” based on a parental complaint.

August 18, 2022   •   

NBA Center’s Interfaith Basketball Camp in Jerusalem

Enes Kanter Freedom holds a clinic in basketball and mutual understanding

August 17, 2022   •   

YouTube Channel Reunites Long-Lost Relatives Across South Asia’s Religious Divide

75 years after partition, the Punjabi Lehar YouTube channel brings closure to separated families.

August 15, 2022   •   

Once A Racist Refuge, Wildacres Is Fertile Ground to Grow Interfaith Dialogue

This is where Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars now hold their annual interfaith retreat.

August 11, 2022   •   

Islamic Students Are Surprise Winners of Hindu Epic Quiz

Two Muslim students at an Islamic college in India are among the winners of a contest based on the Ramayana.

August 8, 2022   •   

Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness From Indigenous Peoples

The pope’s apology tour to Canada

August 5, 2022   •   

Abused Migrant Workers Turn to Pentecostalism in Gulf States

Evangelical Christianity is thriving among migrant workers in the Persian Gulf.

August 4, 2022   •   

How Spiritual Pluralism in Colonial America Laid the Foundation for Today’s Religious Freedom

Religious diversity flourished in America long before the adoption of the First Amendment.

August 2, 2022   •   

Troops Rescue Thousands of Hindu Pilgrims From Flash Floods in Kashmir

They were en route to the sacred Shri Amarnathji shrine in a Himalayan cave in Jammu and Kashmir, India.

July 31, 2022   •   

UK Church Leaders Condemn Rewriting of Human Rights Law

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.

July 29, 2022   •   

Faith Groups Join Worldwide Outrage Over Myanmar’s Execution of Democracy Activists

Religious leaders and organizations urge coordinated international response.

July 28, 2022   •   

Pope’s ‘Season of Creation’ Message Echoes Diverse Cries of Anguish

“The sweet song of creation invites us to practice an ecological spirituality attentive to God’s presence in the natural world.”

July 27, 2022   •   

The Passion, Conviction and Faith of Pastor Lorenzo Ortiz

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.”

July 26, 2022   •   

Faith Based Groups Tackle Food Insecurity Among British Youth

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.

July 24, 2022   •   

German Court Rules Antisemitic Sculpture Can Remain on Church

The highest appeals court in Germany denied the request to remove a highly offensive antisemitic sculpture from a Wittenburg church.

July 21, 2022   •   

Indonesia’s Plan to Expand Blasphemy Laws Puts Religious Minorities at Risk

Provisions would criminalize not just proselytization but also apostasy or renunciation of religious belief.

July 20, 2022   •   

Dalai Lama’s First Trip Outside Dharamshala Since the Pandemic

China feels India’s support of the religious leader amounts to interference in China’s “internal affairs.”

July 18, 2022   •   

U.S. Concerned About Escalating Attacks on the Rights of Minorities and Women in Afghanistan

Religious and ethnic minorities and women suffer in Afghanistan under the Taliban.

July 14, 2022   •   

Church of Scientology Joins Other Catalonian Faiths in Supporting the Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage

Promoting the use of the Catalan language in the religious and social activities of religious communities

July 12, 2022   •   

Chinese Mining Company Could Raze Ancient Buddhist City in Afghanistan

Mes Aynak, an ancient Buddhist city, was once among the most prosperous trade centers along the famed Silk Road.

July 6, 2022   •   

Church of England’s Oxford Diocese Calls on Members to Protect the Environment

Oxford Anglicans to vow to protect the environment as part of public religious worship

July 5, 2022   •   

Minneapolis Legalizes Amplification of Muslim Call to Prayer by Local Mosques

The first large city in the U.S. to allow mosques to broadcast the ‘adhan’ over an outdoor loudspeaker

July 2, 2022   •   

U.S. Interior Secretary Backs Senate Effort to Redress Grievances of Native Americans

Government has responsibility to revitalize Native education, language, cultural and religious practices.

June 30, 2022   •   

In Europe, When Ritual and Legislation Conflict, Religion Is the Loser

The Bible-based practice of infant circumcision and ritual slaughter practiced by Muslims and Jews is under attack.

June 25, 2022   •   

Greek Orthodox Church Celebrates its Centennial in the Blue Ridge Mountains

A major milestone in the history of the Greek Orthodox community of Southern Appalachia

June 23, 2022   •   

Distrust Takes A Sabbatical: The Partnership of the Pastor and the Rabbi

Rabbi Hart reached out to Pastor Harris with an idea based on the biblical concept of “shmita.“

June 21, 2022   •   

Frank R. Wolf: Religious Freedom Hero

A multi-decade career of service to his country and mankind

June 19, 2022   •   

Christian Activist Appointed to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

David Curry, President and CEO of the Christian outreach organization Open Doors, is a new commissioner.

June 18, 2022   •   

Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

In honor of Frank R. Wolf’s recent appointment to the USCIRF we republish an analysis of the religious freedom act bearing his name.

June 14, 2022   •   

‘Blessing of the Elders’ a Celebration of the Vital Role of the Black Church in American History

The Museum of the Bible is to honor the spiritual legacy of the Black church and its contributions to American faith, culture and history.

June 12, 2022   •   

Muslim Cabinet Ministers in Australia Hope For ‘New Era’ of Inclusivity

Two Muslim MPs have been sworn in as ministers in Australia’s recently elected government—a first for the country.

June 11, 2022   •   

When We Refuse to Throw Away the Key

With 2 million men and women incarcerated in the United States and 95 percent scheduled for release, aid for reentry into society is essential.

June 9, 2022   •   

Angels at the Window

How chaplains sustained us in the height of the pandemic.

June 7, 2022   •   

A Place to Call Home

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.

June 2, 2022   •   

How a Catholic Congregation in Nazi-Occupied Rome Saved Jews and Dissidents

A secret refuge in a walled-off section of a church in Rome

May 26, 2022   •   

An Un-Convent-ional Call to Order: The Nuns of TikTok

Sisters step forth in the spirit of Saint Paul to spread the word of Jesus Christ.

May 24, 2022   •   

Shad—Rapping into Tao

To Shadrach Kabango, better known as Shad, a life of harmony is the true objective.

May 20, 2022   •   

Church of England Plans to Boost Clergy in Britain’s Rural Churches

The Church is inviting retired people with professional experience to become priests.

May 17, 2022   •   

Church of Scientology Nashville President Elected to Head the Religion Communicators Council

At its 2022 convention, Religion Communicators Council (RCC) elected Scientologist Brian Fesler as president of its board of governors.

May 16, 2022   •   

Hollywood Film Pays Tribute to Catholic Faith

Father Stu, a film about the power of religious faith to turn people’s lives around.

May 15, 2022   •   

Embracing the World of Religion for Peace

While religion has been the crux of many conflicts throughout history, often the discord stems from a lack of understanding.

May 14, 2022   •   

Bishop Vashti McKenzie Appointed to Lead National Council of Churches

The first woman to serve as president of the NCC and the first African American woman to serve as NCC general secretary

May 13, 2022   •   

No. Girls Allowed

The long-awaited inclusion of girls in the renowned all-boys choir of St Paul’s Cathedral will finally take place in 2025.

May 11, 2022   •   

Prison Chaplain Awarded For Her Positivity and Care

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.

May 10, 2022   •   

British Charity Helps 64 Churches Remain Open Through Grants for Urgent Repairs

Supporting historical, architectural and artistic heritage of church buildings as assets to their communities

May 8, 2022   •   

Protecting International Human Rights through Sanctions

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.

May 7, 2022   •   

An English Orphan Will Long Be Remembered Because of the Letter he Wrote in 1897

Nearly 125 years ago, a choirboy from a Victorian orphanage asked not to be forgotten. Here is his story.

May 6, 2022   •   

Church of England Leads by Example in Helping Address Britain’s Homeless Crisis

A diocese of the church plans to build 300 new affordable homes on their own idle land over the next two years.

May 5, 2022   •   

Tennessee Mosques Helped Afghan Refugees Observe First Ramadan in America

Making it possible for Afghan refugees to practice their religion and regain a sense of belonging

May 3, 2022   •   

Ukraine War Tests Grief-Stricken Military Chaplain’s Faith

A 27-year-old chaplain in Ukrainian military struggles to deal with the reality of war.

April 30, 2022   •   

C’mon, Get Happy!

Happiness. It’s what we strive for every day. Can a simple booklet of 21 precepts hold the key?

April 28, 2022   •   

Baptist Hospital Encourages Black Men and Women to Become Medical Doctors

Black Men in White Coats event aims to bring more African Americans into the health care field.

April 26, 2022   •   

The Magnificent Latter-day Saints Washington, D.C. Temple: A Sight to Behold

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.

April 25, 2022   •   

Colorado Faiths Come Together to Promote Religious Freedom and Partnership

Religious Freedom Day was celebrated April 21 at the State Capitol.

April 21, 2022   •   

A Catholic Sister Who Takes the Lead in Faith, Sports and Charity

Sister Stephanie Baliga is racing to deal with food insecurity. Literally.

April 19, 2022   •   

Israel President Herzog Seeks to Forge Partnerships Among the Children of Abraham

The 11th President of the State of Israel hosted 200 guests at an interfaith iftar at his home April 13—two nights before Passover.

April 17, 2022   •   

A Rare Concurrence: Easter, Passover and Ramadan Take Place at the Same Time This Year

Why the holidays of three of the world’s major faiths—Judaism, Islam and Christianity—coincided in mid-April this year.

April 14, 2022   •   

Museum of Religious Life and Art Saved From Closure

An iconic British museum devoted to art and promoting dialogue between diverse religions has been rescued.

April 13, 2022   •   

Muslim Coalition Pledges to Promote Moderate Islam and Address Humanitarian Challenges

Muslim leaders from across the Americas have endorsed the Charter of Makkah.

April 11, 2022   •   

Are Women the Future of the World’s Largest Religion?

Gina A. Zurlo, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, believes the answer is “yes.”

April 9, 2022   •   

Artist Honors New York City Religious Leaders

“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.

April 6, 2022   •   

Muslims Celebrate Ramadan, Islam’s Holiest Month

Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan with dawn-to-dusk fasting, charity, and prayer.

April 5, 2022   •   

Ryan Turell Aims to Be the First Orthodox Jew to Play in the NBA

College basketball’s leading scorer across all NCAA divisions is a Sabath-observant Jew who has decided to enter the NBAA draft.

April 4, 2022   •   

Religion May Be Good for Your Health, Study Shows

“Religion can have a favorable impact on individual-level health,” according to a study published in January.

April 3, 2022   •   

Presbyterian Church Donates Funds to Build Affordable Homes in Charlotte, North Carolina

Teaming up to help lessen the city’s affordable housing crisis.

April 1, 2022   •   

In Memoriam: Israel Mourns Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Revered Talmudic Scholar

Renowned ultra-Orthodox scholar and one of the most respected religious figures in Israel died March 18 at 94.

March 31, 2022   •   

In Memoriam: Madeleine Albright, the Secretary of State Who Gave Religion a Voice in Foreign Policy

Madeleine Albright, top diplomat of the Clinton administration, died March 23. She was 84.

March 30, 2022   •   

Study Finds Evidence of Anti-Muslim Discrimination in French Higher Education

A 2021 study reveals discrimination against students with North African names applying for masters programs in France.

March 29, 2022   •   

Sister Raffaella Petrini, the Face of Women’s Empowerment in the Catholic Church

The first woman to hold a top position in the governorship of Vatican City

March 25, 2022   •   

Russian Orthodox Nun Denounces the Ukraine War

Sister Vassa Larin decries the silence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora on the War in Ukraine.

March 24, 2022   •   

How William Barber Fights Poverty, Systemic Racism and Injustice

Building inclusive fusion coalitions that are multiracial and interfaith

March 23, 2022   •   

‘Becoming Muslim’ Podcast Spotlights the Joys and Challenges of Converting to Islam

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

March 21, 2022   •   

In Memoriam: Paul Farmer, Global Public Health Visionary

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.

March 18, 2022   •   

Zelensky Inspires the Pride and Support of the Jewish Community

For many Jews, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has taken on the stature of a Jewish hero of old.

March 17, 2022   •   

New Denomination of United Methodist Church Announces a May 1 Launch

A contingent of conservative members of the United Methodists Church announced they will form a new worldwide denomination on May 1, 2022.

March 14, 2022   •   

Hundreds of Millions to Celebrate ‘Nowruz’ on the First Day of Spring

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.

March 11, 2022   •   

Pope Francis Calls For Greater Appreciation of the Elderly

Pope Francis invites the world to develop “a new politics for the elderly.”

March 10, 2022   •   

Most Generation Z Youth Are Religious But Cope With Stress in Unconventional Ways, Survey Reveals

Nearly 75 percent of young people age 13 to 25 identify as religious or spiritual.

March 9, 2022   •   

At 90, Andrew Young Continues to View Life Through the Lens of a Pastor

Young is celebrating his 90th birthday with a four-day celebration March 9–12 dedicated to “peace and reconciliation.”

March 7, 2022   •   

Religious Freedom Legislation Wins Preliminary Approval in Missouri

Legislation from the Missouri House of Representatives aims to prevent future shutdowns of religious organizations.

March 4, 2022   •   

Pope Urges the OSCE to Focus on Religious Freedom

The pontiff urges the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to continue making religious freedom a priority.

March 2, 2022   •   

Intensely Religious Teens do Better at School and College, Study Finds

A sociologist of religion and education has found that the religious upbringing of teenagers has a powerful influence on their academic success.

March 1, 2022   •   

Pope Francis Offers to Help Mediate a Halt to Russia’s War on Ukraine

The Vatican believes there is “always room for negotiations.”

February 28, 2022   •   

How Two Preachers Came to Found the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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.

February 27, 2022   •   

Remembering Freedom Fighter Harriet Tubman, ‘Moses’ of Her People

In celebration of National Black History Month, we honor the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, a woman of deep and abiding faith.

February 25, 2022   •   

Pagan Belief Has Become the Fastest-Growing Faith in Iceland Today

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.

February 24, 2022   •   

Gathering of Orthodox Youth to Foster Unity and Common Purpose

Youth and young adults from around the world to gather to experience “the unity and universality of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

February 21, 2022   •   

Newly Ordained Rabbi is in the Vanguard of Women in Leadership in the UK Orthodox Community

Miriam Lorie, 35, was recently appointed as a “rabbi in training” in the town of Borehamwood, UK.

February 6, 2022   •   

Interfaith Complex in the Persian Gulf Promises to be a Symbol of Religious Freedom and Tolerance

A mosque, synagogue and church—part of a colossal interfaith complex in the UAE

January 25, 2022   •   

In Argentina, Religion is Proving a Positive Force in Criminal Reform

Argentine authorities are encouraged by the change they see from the influence of evangelical programs that are quelling violence and crime in correctional facilities.

January 24, 2022   •   

Indigenous Groups Work to Protect and Preserve Their Sacred Sites

Throughout the United States, a battle is taking place for continued access to sacred sites and their protection in perpetuity.

January 17, 2022   •   

Integrity, Courage and Passion Inform Dr. King’s Letter, Written in a Lonely Jail Cell in Birmingham

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.

December 30, 2021   •   

In Memoriam: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, one of South Africa’s most enduring voices for social change and poverty alleviation.

December 23, 2021   •   

Sikh Environmental Group Uses the Power of Religion to Tackle Climate Change Challenges

A little-known Sikh-American faith-based environmental organization calls for action to confront the world’s ecological problems.

December 22, 2021   •   

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Announces Initiative to Protect Indigenous Sacred Sites

United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announces an initiative to enhance coordination, collaboration and action among government agencies and departments.

December 20, 2021   •   

Salvation Army Offers ‘Nap Pads’ in Effort to Save the Lives of Homeless People

Salvation Army in Britain is turning to an innovative, high-tech form of lodging for the homeless.

December 18, 2021   •   

Vintage Auto Shop Restores Buddha Statue—Workers Hope They Attracted Good Karma

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.

November 16, 2021   •   

Muslim Americans Donate More to Charity Than the General Population, Study Finds

Study suggest high levels of charity by American Muslims may in part reflect “efforts to fight Islamophobia.”

November 15, 2021   •   

‘God’s way’ of Farming Revolutionizes Agriculture in Zimbabwe

Foundations for Farming, a Christian nonprofit in Africa, uses an eco-friendly method of cultivating crops.

November 13, 2021   •   

New Salvation Army Report on Modern Day Slavery: The Problem is Still With Us

Modern-day slavery in the UK worsened despite the pandemic, according to a report released in October 2021.

November 12, 2021   •   

Religion Adds $1.2 Trillion Annually to the U.S. Economy

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.

November 9, 2021   •   

In Memoriam—Albert Raboteau, African-American Religious Historian

Raboteau’s pioneering work on the history and religious experience of American slaves changed the way Black culture and religion are studied in America.

November 8, 2021   •   

Sailors Call on U.S. Navy to Honor Their Religious Commitment

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.

November 2, 2021   •   

Jewish Teen’s Gesture of Help Creates a Profound Impression on an Imam

A Muslim cleric in Oklahoma City was overcome with emotion by a Jewish teen’s gesture of love and empathy.

October 22, 2021   •   

Hydropower Project Threatens the Religious Heritage of Tibet, Protesters Claim

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.

October 11, 2021   •   

Was The Biblical Story of Sodom and Gomorrah Inspired by a Cosmic Event on Earth?

The Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah may have been inspired by a cosmic collision on Earth in 1650 B.C.

October 8, 2021   •   

Father Boyle Shares His Whole Language of Kinship, Compassion and Tenderness

Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle is founder of Homeboy Industries, one of the world’s largest gang intervention and rehabilitation programs.

October 7, 2021   •   

Blessing Video Inspires an International Prayer for Peace

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.

September 28, 2021   •   

Pope Francis Prepares to Revamp Policymaking in Catholic Church

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.

September 22, 2021   •   

Christian Leaders Urge the World to ‘Listen to The Cry of the Earth’

The world’s three top Christian leaders have made an unprecedented joint appeal on climate change to members of their churches.

September 16, 2021   •   

The Muslim Experience in the Shadow of 9/11

A panel of journalists and scholars speak of the impact of 9/11 on American Muslims.

September 15, 2021   •   

Pope Francis Urges Hungary to ‘Extend its Arms Toward Everyone’

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.

September 13, 2021   •   

Christians in Afghanistan Face Grim Future under Taliban Rule, Watchdog Warns

As American troops evacuate Afghanistan, a Christian group warns of dire consequences for Afghan Christians.

September 10, 2021   •   

‘Christ the Protector’—Statue of Jesus is a Symbol of ‘Divine Protection and Blessings’

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.

September 8, 2021   •   

14-Year-Old High School Freshman Prepares for Life as a Tibetan Buddhist Lama

Jalue Dorje, high school freshman from Minnesota, hopes to become an apostle of peace.

September 2, 2021   •   

The Actor Who Portrays Jesus in ‘The Chosen’ is Aware of the Honor and Responsibility He Now Bears

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.

August 27, 2021   •   

Remembering the Man Who Helped Restore the Sight of Thousands of Tibetans

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.

August 24, 2021   •   

Latter-day Saints Step Up Efforts to Provide Refugee Relief

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has updated its official handbook, calling on members to extend support to refugees.

August 17, 2021   •   

Bavarian Administrative Court Rules a “Sect Filter” is Illegal

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.

August 3, 2021   •   

American Family’s ‘Freedom Trek’ in the Rockies Rallies Support for the Uyghurs in China

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.

July 29, 2021   •   

Pope Celebrates Catholic Church’s First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis initiates World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, urging people everywhere to reach out to older generations.

July 27, 2021   •   

Anglican Church’s Apology for the Expulsion of the Jews From Medieval England

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.

July 20, 2021   •   

Priest on a Mission to Change Perception of Deafness

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.

July 15, 2021   •   

COVID-19 Risks Prompt Saudi Arabia to Restrict Hajj for a Second Year

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.

July 7, 2021   •   

Sikh Humanitarian Groups Come to the Aid of COVID-19 Victims in India

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.

July 1, 2021   •   

Muslims ‘Missing and Maligned’ in Popular Western Films, Study Finds

“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.

June 30, 2021   •   

First Muslim U.S. Federal Judge Makes History

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.

June 22, 2021   •   

Buddhist Monastery in New York to Protect Dalai Lama’s Legacy, Promote World Peace

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.

April 29, 2021   •   

Church of Scientology Pastor Reflects on the Role of the Religion Communicator in Today’s World

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.

April 21, 2021   •   

Irish Religious Leaders Urge British, EU Politicians to Find Solutions to Recent Street Violence

These challenges can only be addressed by political leaders coming together with a genuine desire to find solutions. they say.

April 16, 2021   •   

Archbishop of Canterbury Praises Prince Philip’s ‘Remarkable Willingness’ to Take Life as it Came

The death of Duke of Edinburgh at age 99 on Easter Friday led to an outpouring of grief across the world.

March 30, 2021   •   

Israeli Families Once Again Celebrate Passover Together

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.

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.

January 6, 2021   •   

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.

January 3, 2021   •   

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.

July 19, 2020   •   

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

July 17, 2020   •   

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.

July 17, 2020   •   

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.

June 20, 2020   •   

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.

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