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New book tells story of forgotten black Mormons  
07-23-2014From around the web
By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Green Flake was in the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers in 1847, driving a wagon into the Salt Lake Valley with LDS prophet Brigham Young, who famously declared Utah...

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Moving churches to discuss the morality of climate change  
07-16-2014From around the web
By GREGG ZOROYA (RNS) Rabbi Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed with the book of Genesis, a psalm and even the words of Jesus to lecture church audiences, or sermonize if they’ll le...

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England’s Muslim leaders to media: Don’t inflame Sunni-Shiite tensions  
06-23-2014From around the web
By TREVOR GRUNDY LONDON (RNS) Senior leaders of England’s estimated 2.7 million Muslims have called on religious scholars and political commentators in the media not to inflame sectarian tensions involving I...

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After Edwina Rogers’ ouster, secular community regroups  
06-11-2014From around the web
By KIMBERLY WINSTON (RNS) As the Secular Coalition for America prepares for its biggest event of the year this week (June 12-14) in Washington, D.C., atheist groups are recovering from the sudden departure of the ...

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When is a priest not a priest? When he’s molesting a child, diocese says in defense of lawsuit  
06-05-2014From around the web
BY MARK MUELLER (RNS) Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day. The New Jersey resident sat in the gallery of the Delaware Supreme Court earlier this year watching as a lawyer for t...

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The ballerina and the Bible: Q&A with Jenifer Ringer  
06-03-2014From around the web
BY LAUREN MARKOE (RNS) After 25 years with the New York City Ballet, Jenifer Ringer retired in February and wrote an unusual memoir for a prima ballerina. “Dancing Through It” is full of passages ...

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Rolling Stones’ first Israeli concert delayed to accommodate religious fans  
05-30-2014From around the web
BY MICHELE CHABIN (RNS) The Rolling Stones will begin their first concert in Israel 45 minutes later than originally scheduled to accommodate religious Jewish fans. The Stones’ June 4 Tel Aviv ...