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‘12 Years a Slave’ prompts calls for racial reconciliation

WASHINGTON — The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders … Continued

Memories of the March: 10 voices recall 1963 March on Washington

WASHINGTON — Religion News Service asked participants in the 1963 March on Washington to reflect on their lasting memories of … Continued

Churches raised funds, encouraged crowds at ‘63 march

RNS () — For weeks leading up to the March on Washington, the Rev. Perry Smith urged his congregation to … Continued

Malaysian Muslims ask Vatican to recall envoy over use of “Allah”

BANGKOK, Thailand — The Vatican’s first envoy to Muslim-majority Malaysia should quit and go back to Rome, angry Malaysian Islamists … Continued

2013: The year without fear?

Jason DeCrow AP Members of the Sikh community hold a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School before an interfaith vigil … Continued

Black Mormons face a political choice like no other

SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty years ago, who would have predicted the 2012 U.S. presidential race would pit a black … Continued

Southern Baptists’ Richard Land loses show, keeps job

A top Southern Baptist official who was accused of plagiarism in a radio segment that claimed civil rights leaders and … Continued

Morning in middle America

NEW YORK — I came home from a weekend of consulting in Topeka, Kan., feeling weary. I felt drained by … Continued

Obama, Haiti and God’s expectations

By Edward GrinnanEditor-in-Chief, Guideposts Every Martin Luther King Day the country seems to talk to itself, largely at the prodding … Continued

Jesus will continue to be scandalous

Q: Is there widespread media bias against Christianity? Against evangelicals such as Brit Hume and Sarah Palin? Against public figures … Continued

How to Be White

What can we expect will result from the “beer summit” hosted by President Obama with his invited guests, Professor Gates … Continued

Race, Class and Catholicism

The flap over Professor Gates and Officer Crowley with comments of President Obama is an example of the confusing boundaries … Continued

Mary McLeod Bethune’s Hope Today

By Rev. Brenda Girton-MitchellGrace and Race Ministries, Inc. An Open Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder: Dear Attorney General Eric … Continued

Michael Jackson and the God Feeling

In startling ways pop culture mirrors long-standing spiritual arguments. In an age where the stage has replaced the pulpit — … Continued

“Good News” or Something Else?

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall The recent flare-up over whether American soldiers should be free to distribute bibles in … Continued

McCain, Parsley, Islamophobia and Politics

The Question: John McCain’s spiritual guide, televangelist Rod Parsley, calls Islam a “false religion” that should be “destroyed.” Should McCain … Continued

King, Moses and Midrash

Death and Resurrection? Christian theology, of course, centers on that rhythm. Traditional Jewish prayer books also praise the God Who … Continued

Memo to Candidates: Pick A Feel-Good Pastor

The Question: How should Barack Obama have responded to inflammatory remarks made by his former pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright? Are … Continued

Spiritual Guidance

The Question: How should Barack Obama have responded to inflammatory remarks made by his former pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright? Are … Continued

The Biggest (Republican) Losers

I know many registered Democrats who are exemplary, civic-minded Americans. They do not view national elections as mere contests, games … Continued