Tyre Nichols police beating video prompts faith leaders to react with grief goals

Religious leaders reacted swiftly—with legislative appeals and collective grief—to the release of video footage of police officers beating Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died days after a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee.

Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard, whose historically Black denomination has its headquarters in Memphis, issued a statement on January 27 addressing the “shocking death” of Nichols, a 29-year-old FedEx worker who died on January 10 in a local hospital.

A Buddhist disaster relief organization offers key support after Monterey Park shooting

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, a global humanitarian organization, has mobilized relief efforts in a range of emergency and disaster events, including the 2000 Singapore Airlines crash that killed more than 80 people and the 2005 Glendale train crash that left 11 people dead.

But it had never, until now, responded to the scene of a mass shooting.

After Roe 50th March for Life a turning point for abortion protests

Frank Pavone, an anti-abortion activist who was until recently a Catholic priest, addressed a small crowd outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on the eve of this year’s March for Life, the annual demonstration against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, and repeated what has become a frequently posed question in the wake of Roe’s reversal in June.

YouVersion Bible app hires former Facebook exec to fuel growth

This past Sunday, more than 12 million people turned on their smartphones to open up the Good Book. It was the highest ever daily engagement in the nearly 15-year history of the YouVersion Bible app.

If Bobby Gruenewald, the Oklahoma-based pastor who has overseen the free Bible app since the beginning, has his way, that number will soon become routine.

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New survey Republicans and White evangelicals are outliers in fear of immigrants invading US

The gap between US adults on immigration is steadily widening as conservatives increasingly embrace anti-immigrant attitudes that include a belief that migrants are invading the United States to displace White citizens, according to new research by Public Religion Research Institute.

In LA activists summon spiritual energy to seek justice for Keenan Anderson

Amid pouring rain, interfaith and spiritual leaders offered prayers in African, Christian, Muslim, and Indigenous traditions during a candlelight vigil on January 14 to honor Keenan Anderson—a teacher and father and the cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors—who died after Los Angeles police repeatedly tased him following a traffic crash.

Hamline University retracts Islamophobia charge as instructor sues

Hamline University retracted its characterization of an adjunct professor as “Islamophobic” on Tuesday and has revised a previous statement about academic freedom.

The retraction comes in the wake of a firestorm of criticism after the St. Paul, Minnesota, university did not renew the contract of the adjunct, who showed a 14th-century painting of the Prophet Muhammad in her online class last semester.