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N.J. to Archdiocese of Newark: Get out of the headstone business  
03-25-2015From around the web
By MARK MUELLER | NEWARK, N.J.  c. 2015 The Star-Ledger The Archdiocese of Newark, the largest single provider of in-ground burials in New Jersey, must give up a lucrative companion business — th...

Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and ‘death with dignity’  
03-25-2015From around the web
By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN (RNS) Metastatic breast cancer took Kara Tippetts from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children on Sunday (March 22). She was just 38. But in her last years of life, her ...

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Meet the Muslim actor playing Jesus in Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’  
03-25-2015From around the web
By JONATHAN MERRITT (RNS) “Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him.” This was the reaction of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman’s mother after she learned that her son had been cast&nb...

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Black lesbian bishop Yvette Flunder is ‘using my energy to find peace’  
03-20-2015From around the web
By ADELLE M. BANKS | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) By her own count, Bishop Yvette Flunder has officiated at 149 funerals for victims of AIDS and HIV. Her office in Oakland, Calif., contains the ashes from some of ...

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Zaytuna College recognized as first accredited Muslim college in the US  
03-20-2015From around the web
By KIMBERLY WINSTON | BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) A college that requires the study of both Wordsworth and the Quran for graduation is now the first fully accredited Islamic university in America. Zaytuna Col...

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Justice Ginsburg writes a feminist opinion for Passover  
03-20-2015From around the web
By LAUREN MARKOE | WASHINGTON  (RNS) Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Not quite, but when a Jewish nonprofit asked the Supreme Court justice to write a biblical commentary for Passover, she agreed, and ad...

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Inward-focused or outward? Christian congregations at a crossroads  
03-18-2015From around the web
By TOM EHRICH (RNS) American Christianity is at a crossroads — again. It’s the latest in a long string of crossroads. In the run-up to revolution, American branches of European denominations (such...