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Increase in Sanctuary Churches Popping Up Under Trump - World Religion News

August 9, 2017
A fewer number of undocumented immigrants have taken refuge in churches even as an increasing number have been declaring themselves sanctuaries. Since the time Donald J. Trump has been elected as President of the United States in November 2016, about 400 Christian places of worship have turned into sanctuaries, pushing the number of such churches to over 800. This uptick happened after the newly elected president promised to deport undocumented people numbering in millions from United States soil. Source: ... Read more about Increase in Sanctuary Churches Popping Up Under Trump - World Religion News

He was 12. He had just moved to America. Then his Sikh father was murdered. - The Washington Post

August 9, 2017
OAK CREEK, Wis. — Prabhjot Singh Rathor entered the sanctuary and bowed low toward the holy book at the front of the room. Prabhjot’s father always told him that he must go to the temple every week, so here he was this Sunday, just like every Sunday and usually other days of the week, too. Here he was, at the place where he met his friends and ate his favorite Indian foods and paused quietly to pray. Here he was, at the place where his father was killed. Prabhjot had lived in America for less than three months when he witnessed one of the deadliest mass shootings at a house of worship in... Read more about He was 12. He had just moved to America. Then his Sikh father was murdered. - The Washington Post

For the First Time in 100 Years White House Will Hold Bible Study - World Religion News

August 9, 2017
The Christian Broadcasting Network has reported that Christian leaders now enjoy access to the White House thanks to President Donald J. Trump. The Republican political cabinet now engages in a weekly Bible study which is attended by top administration leaders like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence. Even Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary, joins in when she is in Washington. Source: For the First Time in 100 Years White House Will Hold Bible Study... Read more about For the First Time in 100 Years White House Will Hold Bible Study - World Religion News

Camp Ramah Program Helps Autistic Kids – The Forward

August 9, 2017
Like many 20-year-olds, Jacob Rapport has a summer job. This year, he’s working at Trig’s Market in Eagle River, Wisconsin. He started off as a cleaner, but after a few weeks, he asked for and received a promotion to bagger. “I think bagging has more responsibilities,” he said. “There can be pros and negatives, but I like to interact with the customers.”   Source: Camp Ramah Program Helps Autistic Kids – The Forward

Scientists, theologians ponder if latest biological findings are more compatible with religion

August 2, 2017
OXFORD, England (RNS) — When Charles Darwin published his landmark theory of evolution by natural selection in the 19th century, religious leaders were confronted with a powerful challenge to some of their oldest beliefs about the origins of life. Then evolutionary theory was expanded with the insights of genetics, which gave further support for a scientific and secular view of how humans evolved. Faith and tradition were forced further onto the defensive. Now, exciting progress in biology in recent decades may be building up a third new phase in the scientific explanation of life,... Read more about Scientists, theologians ponder if latest biological findings are more compatible with religion

How Amish farm produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones

August 2, 2017
Across Pennsylvania, Amish farming communities are differentiated from their neighbors by technological abstention. The members of the Clarion County Amish community are no exception. They do not own phones, and do not operate computers or motor vehicles. And yet, these same farmers are adapting, collaborating with their non-Amish neighbors to stay competitive in a food marketplace increasingly defined by technological advancement and centralization.
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‘Father Stan’s Our Man’: Okla. farm town honors hometown hero on path to sainthood | Religion News Service

August 2, 2017
OKARCHE, Okla. (RNS) — Past the grain elevator and the bar famous for its fried chicken, Oklahoma Highway 3 leads to a century-old church where the Rev. Stanley Francis Rother served as an altar boy. Yellowish-green grass and brown fields awaiting the planting of the next wheat crop in a few months adorn the prairie as men in western shirts, women carrying babies and children in shorts and dresses fill the pews. They’ve come — a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 400 — to pay tribute to a hometown hero who could become a saint. Source: ... Read more about ‘Father Stan’s Our Man’: Okla. farm town honors hometown hero on path to sainthood | Religion News Service