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Lent is a season of stubborn hope

(RNS) — Lent is the right time to sit with darker truths, a time to reflect on our limitations and to remind ourselves that none of us is immune to the universe.
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What lessons can the clergy sex abuse crisis draw from a 4th-century church schism?

(The Conversation) — The Donatists offer a lesson about the risks to the integrity and cohesion of institutions when they shield abusers rather than protect the victims.
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4 things to know about Ash Wednesday

(The Conversation) — The Christian practice of marking ashes on believers’ foreheads to kick off the penitent season of Lent dates to the 10th century.
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How Christian theology lost its way

(RNS) — When our theology does not provide us with a compelling alternative vision of the good life, it betrays its purpose, write two prominent Yale theologians.
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The evolution of sin

(RNS) — Virtue and vice have long been inextricably linked to self-control. But lately we’ve been asking, what’s it all for?
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The science of Sabbath: How people are rediscovering rest—and claiming its benefits

(RNS) — People of different faiths are rediscovering the practice of Sabbath, and some point to science suggesting such a day of rest — including time away from social media and digital devices — benefits longevity and mental health.
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How can one person take us closer to racial justice? These three bywords will help

(RNS) — Christians must undertake courageous and urgent action to correct historic wrongs and their ongoing ramifications.
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Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank: contemporaries with a common legacy

(RNS) — Two great souls who never lost their faith in love and humanity help us to understand the meaning of each of their lives.
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Israeli Christians protest artwork depicting Ronald McDonald as ‘McJesus’

JERUSALEM (RNS) — The controversy has raised questions about the limits of artistic freedom in Israel, which prides itself on being both a progressive country and the home to holy sites of three world religions.
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