NEWS OF THE WEEK

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September 23, 2016 | Comments

This week (Sept. 20), President Obama made his final appearance as US president at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In his address, he urged the international community not to be divided along the lines of tribe, race, … More

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September 23, 2016 | Comments

The ongoing civil war in Syria was a major topic of debate [at the UN General Assembly]. On Wednesday (Sept 21) in New York, representatives from a broad array of faith groups held a prayer vigil seeking an end to … More

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September 23, 2016 | Comments

Pope Francis traveled to Assisi, Italy this week (Sept 20) in honor of the 30th World Day of Prayer for Peace. He met with religious leaders from around the world, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and … More

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September 23, 2016 | Comments

Faith leaders are expressing alarm after the shooting of a protestor in Charlotte. Twenty-five members of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice say they believe the protestor was shot by police. City officials described the shooting as a “civilian on … More

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September 23, 2016 | Comments

Religious groups are among those who have condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Minnesota and New York. A 22-year-old Somali immigrant stabbed 10 people at a mall in St. Cloud as he made a reference to Allah. The assailant was … More

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September 23, 2016 | Comments

Hate crimes against American Muslims are at their highest levels since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, according to new data from researchers at California State University in San Bernardino. The researchers found that hate crimes were up 78 percent … More

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September 23, 2016 | Comments

In Washington, this weekend (Sept 24-25) is the official opening of the Smithsonian’s highly anticipated new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum devotes significant attention to the wide-ranging role of faith in the African American experience.
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Campaign 2016: A Week of Religious Stops by the Candidates

September 16, 2016 | Comments

On the campaign trial, candidates have made several religious stops in recent days, and with mixed receptions. This week, Donald Trump went to a United Methodist church in Flint, Michigan to thank the predominantly black congregation for helping people during … More

White House to Increase Number of Refugees US Accepts in 2017

September 16, 2016 | Comments

In Washington, as the United Nations and President Obama prepare to host summits next week to discuss the refugee crisis, faith and human rights groups gathered to press the United States to do more:
Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe (Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls … More

WCC-NCC Issue Joint Statement on Conflict in Israel and Palestine

September 16, 2016 | Comments

The World Council of Churches and, in the US, the National Council of Churches called this week for Israel to end its nearly 50-year occupation of the West Bank. “The cycle of violence,” they said, “must be broken.”