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About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Reform rabbi and lawyer, Saperstein, 66, has led the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for 40 years, and has spent his career in Washington, focusing on social justice and religious freedom issues.
(RNS) Worried about climate change, an increasing number of churches and religious groups are removing fossil fuel companies from their investment portfolios.
Francis asks America to welcome the migrant children at its border. The American Family Association has a problem with a rainbow-wrapped Whopper. And some Coloradans worry that a growing Buddhist monastery will bring not tranquility, but traffic and noise.
The Church of England says ‘yes’ to women bishops. Jews and Muslims fast together for peace today. And the slaughter of prostitutes in a Baghdad brothel may go unpunished.
(RNS) Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozens and sometimes hundreds of people for a celebratory Ramadan meal at which both faiths can forge a deeper interfaith understanding.
Obama had to convince Christians that he wasn’t a Muslim. The would-be president of Indonesia has to convince Muslims that he’s not a Christian. A drone offers a lovely view of a Mormon temple. And Obama meets with Texas faith leaders to talk about the border crisis.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Hobby Lobby case revolved around the question of whether an employer had to cover all types of birth control, including ones that their religious convictions held out as morally objectionable. But it hinged on little-known RFRA.
(RNS) “Why are the lines to visit Rabbi Menachem Schneerson’s grave so long?” Words and pictures tell a story.