Religion

Police officers stand outside a synagogue.

FBI Warns Of 'Broad' Threat To Synagogues In New Jersey

The FBI's Newark office issued a statement urging synagogues to "take all security precautions to protect your community and facility."

 | By Associated Press and Newsy Staff

A tweet from California Rep. Karen Bass shows an antisemitic display on a Los Angeles highway overpass.

Antisemitic Reports Still Rising In Los Angeles After Ye's Comments

Experts fear antisemitic comments from Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, have sparked hate groups in the U.S., specifically Los Angeles.

 | By James Packard

Gursharan Virk salutes.

Sikh Air Force Cadet Explores Religious Identity Woes In U.S. Military

Gursharan Virk is the first Air Force Sikh cadet allowed to wear reflections of faith. His story inspired others to push for religious accommodations.

 | By Cat Sandoval

Church members stand.

How Christians Are Coupling Biblical Concepts With Mental Wellness

Leaders in faith and science are trying to bridge the two in the mental health space by providing resources and support to congregations.

 | By Amber Strong

A church

Why Are Fewer Americans Religious?

Survey findings show Protestantism and Catholicism in America have seen a great drop in identification.

 | By Amber Strong and Maya Saenz

Crime scene tape surrounds Geneva Presbyterian Church.

U.S. Houses Of Worship Increase Security After Shootings

The recent string of high-profile mass shootings in the U.S. is prompting some faith leaders to ramp up security.

 | By Associated Press

Joe Kennedy, a former assistant football coach at Bremerton High School

Supreme Court Sides With Coach Who Sought To Pray After Game

The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the court's conservative justices in the majority and its liberals in dissent.

 | By Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rules Against The City Of Boston In Christian Flag Case

The justices agreed that the city discriminated against an activist for refusing his request to fly a Christian flag outside City Hall.

 | By Associated Press

Hundreds of people light candles at the beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn.

For Many, Easter Sunday Marks A Return To In-Person Worship

The pandemic erupted in the country in March 2020, just ahead of Easter, forcing many churches to resort to online or televised worship.

 | By Associated Press

Masked attendees stand at church.

Pandemic Aftermath Leads To Mixed Bag For Religious Attendance

Many faith leaders are encouraging members to return to their places of worship, but the amount of regular churchgoers has plateaued.

 | By Amber Strong

A voting sign is shown outside a church.

Politics And Religion: How The Two Intersect Despite A 1954 Law

The 1954 tax law known as the Johnson Amendment is meant to temper just how much religion and politics collide, but it doesn't bar all intersections.

 | By Amber Strong

Pope Francis

Pope Francis Says COVID Vaccines, Health Care Is A 'Moral Obligation'

He repeated his call for universal access to the shots, particularly in the parts of the world with low vaccination rates.

 | By Associated Press

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and Rabbi Peter Berg

Rabbi Reflects On Religious Ceremony With Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff

Emhoff held a virtual Passover dinner earlier this year, lit the first menorah in the VP's residence and was the first to affix a mezuzah to the door.

 | By Amber Strong

Jewish Rabbi Yudi Steiner.

Jewish Advocates Work To Combat Antisemitism On College Campuses

Researchers are seeing an increase in antisemitic incidents at universities across the U.S.

 | By Amber Strong

Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Buddhist Monk's International Journey To Combat Climate Change

Bhikkhu Bodhi is a world-renowned scholar and monk who travels the globe to spread his message on climate change and sustainable living.

 | By Amber Strong

Silhouettes of two church steeples are seen against the rising sun

The Push To Proclaim The Message Of Climate Change

Sixty percent of Christians polled said it was a top priority or important for Congress to pass a bill addressing climate change.

 | By Amber Strong

People in beekeeper suits at a bee farm

Catholic Communities Want To Be Good Stewards Of The Earth

You might consider monastic life to be based on tradition, but when it comes to sustainability, these religious orders are looking to the future.

 | By Amber Strong

U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Pope Francis as they meet at the Vatican.

Pres. Biden: Pope Told Me That I Should "Keep Receiving Communion"

The two ran overtime in their discussions on climate change, poverty and the coronavirus pandemic.

 | By Associated Press

A sign notifying museum visitors they must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Judge: New York Must Accept Religious Exemptions To Vaccine Mandate

A federal judge ruled health care workers in New York can seek religious exemption from being required to get vaccinated.

 | By aaron rustom

Man sits on the floor.

Some Faith Leaders Say They Won't Endorse Vaccine Exemptions

More businesses across the country are mandating COVID vaccines for employees.

 | By Scripps

Reverend in a church.

Lutheran Church Elects Its First Openly Transgender Bishop

Rev. Megan Rohrer will oversee nearly 200 congregations in California and Nevada.

 | By Scripps

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Facebook Drives Engagement Through Faith Groups

Facebook uses popular religious content to connect with faith communities, and keep its platform growing.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

Tthe Old North Church stands behind a statue of Paul Revere in the North End neighborhood of Boston.

Historic American Church Set To Integrate Its Slavery Ties

It was awarded a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities which it will use to overhaul its educational programming.

 | By Associated Press

Man talks to a woman.

Black Churches Step In To Help Members Stay Healthy

The Inner City Health Center in Denver, Colorado, is focused on accessibility and affordability for underserved communities.

 | By Scripps

People enter church

Religious Leaders Embrace New Ways Of Reaching People

Church membership continues to decline in the U.S.

 | By Scripps

At the pulpit of Dignity Chicago, a practicing Catholic LGBTQ organization

Many Catholics Support LGBTQ Despite Vatican Rhetoric

U.S. Catholics support same-sex marriage more so than the national average, according to a 2006-2020 Gallup poll.

 | By Cat Sandoval

Crews work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Surfside, Fla.

Florida Condo Survivors Attend Sunday Service

Community members and survivors of the Florida condo collapse gathered in a church to remember those lost in the disaster.

 | By Simon Kaufman and Associated Press

Then President-Elect Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend mass

U.S. Bishops To Draft New Guidelines For Communion

The Church is one step closer to denying Communion to high-profile leaders who openly support abortion rights.

 | By Isbella Diaz

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrates Communion during Easter Mass.

U.S. Bishops Vote To Delay Controversial Communion Policy Debate

Bishops voted to delay the discussion on whether politicians – including Pres. Biden – who support abortion rights can receive Communion.

 | By Eliana Moreno

People signify their vote on a motion during the annual Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptists Vote To Investigate Response To Sexual Abuse

Delegates overwhelmingly approved the creation of the task force at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.

 | By Johannah Grenaway and Associated Press