The big story over the weekend was the negotiated release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan, which called for the release of five Taliban officials in U.S. military custody in Guantanamo Bay to Qatar. The release has generated both celebration and concern as details continue to emerge.

Publicity photo of Bob Cummings and Ann B. Davis from the television program The Bob Cummings Show. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Publicity photo of Bob Cummings and Ann B. Davis from the television program The Bob Cummings Show. (Via Wikimedia Commons) (Image source)

Ann B. Davis, known as the Brady Bunch’s Alice, has died. A profile in People magazine says that after Hollywood, she was dedicated herself to prayer and Bible study.  “I’m convinced we all have a God-shaped space in us, and until we fill that space with God, we’ll never know what it is to be whole,” she said. 

Hopes that Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian, would walk free have all but faded.

In another case of gay rights v. religious rights, Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission has ordered a baker to make a wedding cake for same-sex couple, saying baker’s religious objections don’t trump the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

North Korea has given a South Korean missionary a life sentence to hard labor for alleged spying and trying to establish underground church in the North.

In Ohio and Pennsylvania, synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses are struggling as young Jews are migrating.

Some visitors to the National September 11 Memorial Museum criticized its treatment of Islam and terrorism as “clinical” and “light.”

A former Southern Baptist megachurch in Nashville led by Jerry Sutton has sold its building to the Catholic Church.

The shooting of a Sikh Army veteran has roiled a Sikh community and the city in California.

In gun-related news, Sonic and Chili’s restaurants are asking gun owners not to bring their weapons into their restaurants, following a similar move by Chipotle last month.

After some called for boycotts of Cadbury in Malaysia, leaders have declared the chocolates free from pork.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ North America tour was abruptly canceled just before it was supposed to start.

And someone’s excited to be in the new AP Stylebook, which has an added religion section thanks to reporter Rachel Zoll.

Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.

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