Hundreds of Duke students rally with Muslims at Friday’s call to prayer

By Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) In the end, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (Jan. 16), as hundreds of… read more

Duke cancels Muslims’ call to prayer after Franklin Graham leads revolt

By Mariam Sobh / Religion News Service
(RNS) Officials at Duke University abruptly dropped plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the iconic bell tower of Duke Chapel after online protests led by evangelist… read more

Here’s the faith in the ‘American Sniper’ you won’t see in the film

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, … read more

Supreme Court weighs a church’s right to advertise services

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Monday (Jan. 12) considered a tiny church’s curbside sign in a case that could raise the bar on government regulation of speech, and… read more

France ponders its response to shootings: Will xenophobia or multiculturalism win?

By Elizabeth Bryant / Religion News Service
PARIS (RNS) As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its… read more

Nigerian archbishop calls for unity marches following Boko Haram massacres

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
(RNS) Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris on Sunday (Jan. 11) to pay tribute to victims of Islamist … read more

The secret reason why good churches die

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Why do good churches die? I’m not talking about churches that have an apparent fatal flaw like mean or nasty people, terrible location, clergy sexual misconduct, uninspiring … read more

Rethinking lifetime achievement

By Mark Lockard
The Golden Globes (and award shows in general) aren't for everyone. They’re usually a standard, predictable affair, gearing up people and projects for the Oscars, the Big… read more

Vatican downplays report that it’s under threat from Islamic terrorists

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Jan. 12) rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week’s deadly attacks in France. The… read more

What will it take to bring us all together?

By Shane Raynor
Many of the world’s citizens were French on Sunday (Jan. 11), at least for a few hours, as we watched what has been called the largest demonstration in the history of… read more

Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech

By Hussein Rashid / Religion News Service
(RNS) Ostensibly, the horrific attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris was because of the publication’s satirical images of the Prophet Muhammad. But to view the assault as… read more

Police chief to black churches: ‘We can’t do this without you guys’

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Bishop Talbert W. Swan II has worked with police departments in western Massachusetts for two decades, speaking to new cadets and riding in patrol cars with officers as… read more
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