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Religious Diversity

Assemblies Of God Highlights Diversity For 100th Anniversary

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The Rev. Paul Agamiri made a vow when he was housed at a Kenyan refugee camp in the 1990s: If he ever made it to the United States, he would wor...

While Americans Debate Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Religious Persecution Mounts Worldwide

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

While we here in America continue the Hobby Lobby debate, there are religious freedom matters with serious life and death consequences elsewhere in the world right now, today, which also deserve your attention.

Does Religious Diversity Have a Future in the U.S.?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

Despite an increase in lawsuits related to religious expression and workplace discrimination, religious diversity is an area of diversity and inclusion often missing from leadership development. 

It's Time for the Senate to Support the Religious Freedom Envoy to Middle East, Central Asia

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It seemed like a simple, symbolic piece of legislation that elected officials of all political affiliations could quickly agree on, right? After all, who could be opposed to a special envoy dedicated to protecting the rights of religious minorities in some of the most troubled regions of the world?

The Most Religiously Diverse Countries Are..

Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion

It won't come as any surprise that Vatican City is the least religiously diverse 'country' in the world. More than 99% of inhabitants are Christian. ...

A Celebration Of The Diverse Faces Of African-American Religion

Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion

Religion and spirituality has always played an important role within African-American communities. Considerable attention has already been given to th...

Worrying Trends in the World of Religious Liberty

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The new report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project highlights a number of troubling trends that should concern anyone -- whether private citizen or public official.

Our Brother's Keeper

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

When one established right is weakened or worse, it's that much easier to erode additional rights. That is why cases like EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch -- despite the fact that no members of our own faith are involved -- motivate the Adventist Church to action.

Jaweed Kaleem

New Study Shows The Growth Of Gay-Friendly Houses Of Worship

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion

Nearly half of houses of worship in the United States now allow gay and lesbian members who are in long-term relationships to be members, while close ...

Americans See Opportunity in Rising Diversity

Sally Steenland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

We are a nation of immigrants, after all -- a land where newcomers settled and where people from many countries arrived and made America their home. It could be that, deep in our DNA, most of us know this.

Quebec's Charter of No Values Jeopardizes Only the Christian Cross

T. Sher Singh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

In it's desperate clawing for political power, Quebec's separatist party -- the Parti Quebecois -- has turned to toying with its citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms with the hope that it will polarize the electorate ... in the party's favour.

The Problems With Bringing Religion Into The Workplace

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The American workplace, like the rest of U.S. society, is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommod...

A Living Laboratory Of Pluralism

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

We are population of about 18,000 souls and a veritable United Nations of ethnic backgrounds and religions. And in between all of the sermons, we kayak on our town's lake and eat ice cream from the local dairy.

3 Questions About Canada's New Office Of Religious Freedom

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

The ambitions of the Office of Religious Freedom tap into a growing global challenge -- one that some in the general public seem intent on dismissing by caricaturing religious devotees as inherently fanatical whose weak acquiescence to a ragbag of delusional self-therapy fables is intellectually offensive.

Welcoming Diversity Can Increase Your Clout

Sally Steenland | Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

It's a repetitive pattern: Once outsiders become insiders, many of them want to slam the door on others who are eager to come in. In a swiftly changing nation, how can we keep the door open?

10 Yeares Later: Reflecting On Space Shuttle Columbia

Dan Cohen | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Dan Cohen

What emerges from the Columbia disaster is a remarkable story of hope, friendship and enduring faith that serves as a testament to all that is possible when people come together to work for the greater good of mankind.

Dr. King's Dream Realized When We Embrace Others

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Dr. William J. Carroll

In designing us incomplete, God has forced us to find our completeness in others -- those who do not look or believe the same as us. As Abraham experienced so long ago, God comes to us in the stranger. He came to Jesus in the others and so to us in a similar way.

How The White House Defines Diversity

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Pressured to withdraw because his views on a particular sexual practice were not in line, Rev. Louie Giglio was seen not to be "fair-minded," a not surprising comment when pluralism is set aside as the functioning model of public life.

A Jewish Marriage Resolution We Can Keep

Diane Tobin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Diane Tobin

American Jews simply cannot enjoy the benefits of American pluralism, which we surely do, while pretending we are not living in the most dynamic religious marketplace in the world.

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever –- And Why It Matters

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

We are reminded again about America's wonderfully unique status as a melting pot. As a place where one's religious faith should never be an impediment to achievement. Yet the question remains: How will these (and other) non-mainstream voices be treated in the upcoming Congress?

Latino Muslims Carving A New American Identity

Common Ground News Service | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

America has always been recognized for its diversity, and is seen as a country composed of minorities who intersect with one another on a regular basis. The steadily growing number of Latino Muslims in the United States is inevitable.

Musings On The 'Holiday Tree'

Brian Levin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Brian Levin

It is one thing to wish someone a "happy holidays" in reference to the multitude of secular and religious winter holidays. It is quite another to declare that an evergreen tree is a universal holiday symbol.

By My Troth, I Believe: Faith Shorts Finalist

Sahara Sharma | Posted 01.23.2013 | Religion
Sahara Sharma

Nepal celebrates a diverse population in terms of religion and ethnicity. And, amongst our differences we celebrate oneness, the grandeur of diverse culture, language, and faith.

The Difference Between Muslims And Sikhs.. Misses The Point

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Yes, Sikhs are not Muslims and Sikhs are not Hindus, but jumping to clarify difference leaves the unfortunate, if unintentional, perception that there is something wrong with those "others."

Creating Leaders In A Religiously Plural World

Greg Damhorst | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Greg Damhorst

I hope to return to that parking lot for an interfaith service project, where imams and rabbis join evangelical pastors, Sikhs, Buddhists, and religious and nonreligious folks from around the neighborhood.