NEWS OF THE WEEK

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

Two weeks after the prayer meeting massacre at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, the nation continues to confront issues of race. This week, the AME’s national council of bishops issued an urgent “Call to Action,” asking people of all … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

The Episcopal Church this week elected its first African-American presiding bishop. Delegates to the denomination’s national convention elected Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina as the top leader for the next nine years. He will succeed Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

Across the nation, religious groups are analyzing the implications of last week’s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Many faith leaders are among those praising the decision as a big step toward justice and equality. But others say the decision … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

In Cleveland, Ohio, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted overwhelmingly to divest from companies it says are “complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.” The UCC, which has about a million … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

The itinerary for Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to the U.S. was released by the Vatican this week. The schedule suggests Francis will prioritize spending time with poor people and immigrants, in addition to his planned visits to the White House, … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

This week at the Vatican, an interfaith rally of nearly 5,000 people who took to the streets to hail the pope’s recent letter—encyclical—on the environment.  The march came 10 days after the release of the document, which urged greater care for … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

According to a new United Nations report, a record number of migrants from the Middle East and Africa have tried to make their way to Europe in the first half of 2015. The UN counted 137,000 migrants, an 83 percent … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

California adopted one of the toughest mandatory vaccination laws in the country this week. Governor Jerry Brown signed the measure, which no longer allows exemptions for personal beliefs, including religious objections. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only other states … More

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July 2, 2015 | Comments

Baha’is observe the Martyrdom of the Bab (July 9), marking the day in 1850 when one of the founders of their faith was executed in Persia, now Iran.

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June 26, 2015 | Comments

In Charleston, South Carolina, mourners paid respects to the nine black worshippers who were gunned down by a white supremacist inside the historic Emanuel AME Church last week. A racially diverse gathering of thousands formed a chain across the Ravenel … More