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Mark Fischer
Praying for true religious freedom at the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case “Town of Greece v. Galloway,” and then decide, once and for all, whose religion is best.

Are Catholic bishops really the final authority on the faith?

Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with young people on September 22, 2013 in Cagliari, Italy. Pope Francis … Continued

Water initiatives get congregations to pledge to conserve

RNS () — At an interfaith summer camp in northern New Jersey, two dozen children explored a swamp to learn … Continued

Atheists at the Pulpit

Congregations of atheists may be the new, beneficial alternative to organized religion.

Twitter and tragedy: A revamped American religious experience

BOSTON — On my first Patriots’ Day in Boston, I was enjoying lunch with several colleagues when someone rushed into … Continued

Memories of the March: 10 voices recall 1963 March on Washington

WASHINGTON — Religion News Service asked participants in the 1963 March on Washington to reflect on their lasting memories of … Continued

The persistent stained-glass ceiling

RNS () — More than 40 years have passed since Sally Priesand was ordained as the first female rabbi in … Continued

How to keep the faith on campus

Sept. 22, 2010Prospective students leave the undergraduate admissions building to take a tour of Georgetown University campus in Northwest Washington. … Continued

Religion in Foreign Policy: How to Get it Right

The State Department’s new office sends an important signal that faith-based cooperation is no longer optional — it is essential.

Ethicist Shaun Casey to oversee religious engagement for State Department

WASHINGTON — Amid persistent criticism that the U.S. marginalizes religion and religious people in its foreign policy, Secretary of State … Continued

Meditation without God

Critical thinking ranks among the most dearly held values for those of us who are skeptical of religious faith. It’s … Continued

Leaving religion but finding community

Mark Poprocki / iStock In my nearly twenty years reporting on Americana Christianity, I’ve observed a growing number of Christians … Continued

Yes, you can be gay and Christian

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) The … Continued

‘Nuns on the Bus’ kick off immigration tour

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the “Nuns on the Bus” on Wednesday (May … Continued

Honor U.S. values and interests: Back religious freedom abroad

Fifteen years ago, on May 14, 1998, U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a landmark effort to promote … Continued

Americans: Marijuana isn’t sinful but not sure it should be legal

WASHINGTON — American views on marijuana are evolving much like their views on gay marriage, according to a new poll, … Continued

Boston amputees face a long spiritual struggle ahead

BOSTON — In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured, perhaps … Continued

Faith in Boston

“My city, this cradle of liberty, sways with compassion tonight.” Thus my poet friend described the response to the Boston … Continued

Irish abortion debate reflects growing church-state tensions

DUBLIN, Ireland — Ruth Bowie was in the throes of grief when she found out she would never know her … Continued

Pastor and rabbi agree: Melissa Rogers is good choice for White House faith office

One might guess that a politically conservative evangelical pastor and a politically liberal rabbi would have little in common, and … Continued