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In Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workarounds  
10-01-2014From around the web
By MICHELE CHABIN | JERUSALEM (RNS) On Friday (Oct. 3), when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their prod...

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints | RNS
Mormon feminists seeking change find it in subtle wording  
09-30-2014From around the web
By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2014 Salt Lake Tribune (RNS) Mormon feminists may have been surprised by some subtle changes in vocabulary and approach Saturday (Sept. 27) at the church’s general women’s meeti...

How Lecrae mixed rap and theology to find huge, mainstream success  
09-29-2014From around the web
By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY | NEW YORK (RNS) He’s been crowned the “new hip-hop king” and his newest album, “Anomaly,” topped iTunes and Amazon charts the day of its Sept. 9 release. He&rsquo...

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Pastors flock to North Dakota‚Äôs oil boom to save souls  
09-26-2014From around the web
By MARYANN EIDEMILLER (RNS) Sven Hauge goes every Thursday to the “man camps” surrounding the oil fields near Williston, N.D., and holds worship services that feature preaching, praying and singing. Someti...

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Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics are not amused  
09-25-2014From around the web
By JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | ROME (RNS) Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows. Italy&rsq...

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On Supreme Court docket: beards, church signs, and, yes, Middle East peace  
09-24-2014From around the web
By RICHARD WOLF | WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim prisoner in Arkansas, a Christian pastor in Arizona and an 11-year-old Jewish boy born in Jerusalem will present the Supreme Court with three chances in the next few mo...

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The Ice Bucket competitor: Can the Quran Challenge go viral?  
09-23-2014From around the web
By KEN CHITWOOD (RNS) Move over Ice Bucket Challenge. Muslims have a new take on the viral social media phenomenon: the Quran Challenge. The new campaign seeks to raise awareness and funds for Muslim &ld...