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Faith school takeover proceeds despite overwhelming opposition

Faith school takeover proceeds despite overwhelming opposition

School governors in Southwark are pushing ahead with plans to merge a non-religious school into a local Church of England school despite overwhelming local opposition. The proposals would merge Charlotte Sharman Primary School, which has no religious character, with St Jude’s Church of England Primary School. The resulting school would be a voluntary aided (VA) Church of England faith school. The local diocese is understood to have demanded the new school adopt St Jude’s religious character, even though Charlotte Sharman is the larger of the two schools and has a higher percentage of places filled. The extent of the opposition to the new school being a faith school was revealed in a draft report on the consultation – but these findings were concealed in the final, published version of the report. VA faith schools can select 100% of their pupils based on religion if they are oversubscribed. They can also use a religious test in appointing, promoting, disciplining and setting the salary of any teacher. Most governors of VA schools are ‘foundation governors’, appointed to …

How clean water and faith go hand in hand

How clean water and faith go hand in hand

(RNS) — Earth Day is no longer the one day a year we dedicate to thinking about the health of our planet. The urgency of climate change has made concern about the environment a daily consideration. But when thinking of the health of the Earth, we must remember that all our health depends on the health of our water. Water is also of deep concern to our world’s faiths, as it is the only symbol every world religion shares. Water cleanses, sanctifies and blesses rituals around the world. But it is more than a symbol: clean water is a conduit of care and love. So many problems in health care can be traced to unsafe water, a leading preventable cause of early childhood malnutrition, cognitive stunting and death. For women and girls in the most marginalized parts of the world, it’s a lifelong issue. A girl will often drop out of school when she hits puberty because she has no sanitation facilities to meet her needs. In many cultures it is the job of women to wake …

Conservative faith leaders praise Johnson for House’s approval of foreign aid

Conservative faith leaders praise Johnson for House’s approval of foreign aid

(RNS) — Conservative religious leaders who had been imploring Speaker Mike Johnson to back assistance for Ukraine and Israel in fighting their wars celebrated the House’s passage of foreign aid packages Saturday, clearing the way for the measures to go to the Senate. Brent Leatherwood, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, was among those lobbying Johnson, himself a Southern Baptist, on behalf of Ukrainian and American Baptists concerned about the plight of Ukrainian Christians. “That is why we asked Speaker Johnson and congressional leaders to come together to meet the challenges of this moment,” Leatherwood said in a statement to Religion News Service Monday. “In the House passage of bills relating to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, the Speaker sent a strong message to autocrats and terrorists alike that our nation will take a stand to support vulnerable lives and oppose the tyrants who threaten them.” The push on Ukraine included a Wednesday meeting between Johnson, Pavlo Unguryan (an evangelical and political leader from Ukraine) and a Ukrainian citizen whose wife …

DIY Religion: My Faith Wasn’t Doing It For Me … So I Made My Own

DIY Religion: My Faith Wasn’t Doing It For Me … So I Made My Own

On the day of my son’s bar mitzvah, rain misted all around us, dripping in perfect rivulets from the roof of the tent at a local farm. The Torah was slung in an REI bag over one of the tent posts as my son, Asher, and Rabbi Evon Yakar stood behind an eight-foot table on the damp grass, chanting into a microphone. Because my son says he finds God most in nature, I created an outside-the-box bar mitzvah immersed in natural surroundings. Our guests said it was the best bar mitzvah they’d ever attended. The day before, the rabbi led my family on a hike through the farm grounds. About midway between the barn and the forest at the edge of the property, he stopped us on the gravel path. “Behind us,” he said, pointing to the barn, corral, and out-buildings, “that’s man-made. That’s the weekday.” He turned toward the forest. “Ahead of us, that’s Shabbat, the Sabbath — what man cannot make. We can replicate, but we can’t create plants or animals from nothing. …

What do Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 3 daughters do? Meet Gracie, Maggie and Audrey

What do Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 3 daughters do? Meet Gracie, Maggie and Audrey

In their almost 30 years together, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have built quite a life for themselves, with both individual and joint successful careers, as singers and most recently as co-stars, on Yellowstone spin-off 1883. The beloved country couple met for the first time in 1994 in Nashville, but began their romance two years later in 1996, when they went on tour together; he proposed that June, and they married in October. But beyond their work, more importantly, they’ve created a tight-knit family-of-five with their three daughters. You may also likeWATCH: Tim McGraw gushes over ‘talented’ three daughters Below, get to know the three McGraw-Hill women, Gracie, 26, Maggie, 25, and Audrey, 22. © GettyGracie at the “On Our Way” premiere on May 18, 2023 Gracie McGraw Gracie is the eldest of the bunch, born on May 5, 1997. She graduated from New York University – a celebrity scion favorite – around 2019. MORE: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s daughter Gracie shares honest mental health confession with glimpse of private life She continued to live …

Take that, Picasso: the frenzied work by Faith Ringgold that took MoMA by storm | Art

Take that, Picasso: the frenzied work by Faith Ringgold that took MoMA by storm | Art

When New York’s Museum of Modern Art reopened in 2019 after a radical rehang, its most headline-grabbing display placed Faith Ringgold’s American People Series #20: Die eye to eye with Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon. For years, MoMA had been criticised for its shocking gender imbalance and lack of diversity. Ringgold was among the feminists to protest about the museum in the late 1960s, but it would be decades before it paid attention. The museum’s permanent display told a story of modern art imagined as a sequential progression driven almost entirely by the work of white men. In 2019, that started to change. Painted 60 years apart – Picasso’s was completed in 1907, Ringgold’s in 1967 – the pairing of Die and Les Demoiselles invited a different kind of storytelling, one that acknowledged the debt of influence Picasso owed African art, the influence he in turn exerted over generations that followed and the rich complexity that might emerge from acknowledging plural art histories. Rewriting the story of art … Ringgold with Windows of the Wedding #9 and …

Introducing Money, Meet Meaning — a podcast about faith & finance on the RNS Audio Network

Introducing Money, Meet Meaning — a podcast about faith & finance on the RNS Audio Network

Our religious traditions can teach us much about one of the greatest sources of stress and struggle in our lives: money. Yet both religion and money are generally avoided in polite conversation. Interfaith America and Park Piedmont Advisors are thrilled to announce the launch of a new weekly podcast, Money, Meet Meaning, that talks openly about both – by exploring the surprising, practical relevance of the world’s spiritual traditions on our life with money. “When I saw the name of the show, I was like, ‘Hallelujah! This is what we want to talk about! Hallelujah,’” said Jesse Mecham, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and founder of the award-winning personal finance platform YNAB (You Need a Budget). Money, Meet Meaning resides in the rare intersection of “Personal Finance” and “Religion & Spirituality,” but listeners won’t find academic scholarship, theological discourse, or market predictions. Instead, each episode will offer a fun and thought-provoking journey into the world of money and spirituality led by guests from differing spiritual traditions and hosts Tom Levinson and Amber Hacker. “Faith pervades …

NSS joins open letter against faith school discrimination

NSS joins open letter against faith school discrimination

The National Secular Society has signed an open letter calling on the Government not to remove restrictions on religious selection in new state-funded faith schools In a letter to Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan, campaigners from a range of fields have warned that the proposal “would be a backwards step that risks increasing division and inequality”. The letter follows reports last week that the government plans to remove the ‘50% cap’ rule on pupil admissions at state-funded faith schools in England. Under the 50% cap, new academies and free schools with a religious character may only select up to 50% of pupils based on religion when they are oversubscribed. Removing the cap would enable these schools to select 100% of children based on their parents’ religion if oversubscribed. Voluntary aided faith schools are already permitted to select 100% of their admissions on the basis of religion. The letter, which was coordinated by Humanists UK, says allowing faith schools to “cherry pick” students would further entrench religious selection in education, undermining “the principle of …

Religious leaders, education experts, and public figures call on Education Secretary to keep the faith school admissions cap

Religious leaders, education experts, and public figures call on Education Secretary to keep the faith school admissions cap

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is amongst religious leaders, parliamentarians, education experts, and prominent public figures who are calling on Education Secretary Gillian Keegan to keep restrictions on faith-based admissions criteria in new state-funded faith schools – the so-called ‘50% cap’ – in place. This follows reports in the Sunday Times that the Government is considering allowing 100% religious selection in state-funded faith schools in England.  The letter, which was organised by Humanists UK, states that removing the 50% cap – a safeguard in making sure that faith schools do not exclude all children who live locally whose families do not share the same beliefs – would ‘be a backwards step that risks increasing division and inequality’.  This is the second time the removal of the cap has been floated, with then Prime Minister Theresa May announcing a proposal in her first domestic speech as Prime Minister in 2016 . The policy was later dropped in 2018 following a campaign led by Humanists UK.  Alongside Dr Williams, other signatories include Chief Officer of …

Faith Ringgold, Storytelling Quilt Artist, Dies at 93

Faith Ringgold, Storytelling Quilt Artist, Dies at 93

  Faith Ringgold, an acclaimed American artist, author, and activist, died April 13, 2024, at her home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 93 years old. Across various artistic media—including painting, textiles, performance art, and children’s books—Ringgold combined fine art and craft techniques to tell stories about race, gender, class, and community for over half a century.   Ringgold is best remembered for crafting colorful story quilts, many of which recount her own experiences as a Black woman in the United States. As an activist, Ringgold also fought for the inclusion of Black artists—especially women and craftspeople—in major American art collections.   Who Was Faith Ringgold? Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima? by Faith Ringgold, 1983, via Studio Art Quilt Associates   Faith Ringgold was born in 1930 in Harlem, New York, amidst the cultural bustle of the Harlem Renaissance. Her childhood home was at the center of a thriving arts scene, with the likes of Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes frequenting her neighborhood. She was also taught to sew by her mother, a seamstress and …