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New Labor Department rule expands religious exemption for federal contractors

(RNS) — The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule intended to foster "full and equal participation" of religious groups as federal contractors.

Salvation Army starts red kettle program early amid ‘tsunami of human need’

(RNS) – The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual red kettle campaign more than two months early this year in hopes of meeting an increased need for assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Churches report encouraging trends in giving amid pandemic

(AP/RNS) – Giving to congregations has shifted upward after churches closed their buildings earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey shows.

Three California churches sue Gov. Newsom for ban on singing in places of worship

CALIFORNIA (AP/RNS) -- Three evangelical churches in California have sued Gov. Gavin Newsom for banning singing and chanting in places of worship but permitting such activities elsewhere. The state's July 13 order, which closed churches in at least 30 counties, permits worship services as well as fitness centers, hotels, shopping malls and protests to remain open or active in Mendocino and Butte counties, where the suing churches are located.