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Thursday, 17 June 2021

EVENT, 17-19 June 2021: Religious Pluralism In An Era of Globalization
(Center for Studies on New Religions, Centre de Ressources et d’Observation de l’Innovation Religieuse, International Society for the Study of New Religions)

Friday, 28 May 2021

EVENT, 28 May - 2 June 2021: ‘Reconciled with creation: a call for urgent action on climate and biodiversity’
(13th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network, Bad Herrenalb, Germany)

Friday, 30 April 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, due 30 April 2021: Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica no. 2/2021
(Observatory of Liberties and Religious Institutions (OLIR))

Friday, 26 March 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS, due by 26 March 2021: A Sacred Covenant? Historic, Legal and Cultural Perspectives on the Development of Marital Law
(The Journal of Legal History and Northumbria University, Socio-Legal Studies Association)

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

ANNOUNCING the ACLARS WEBINAR SERIES, 19 January - 16 March 2021 (14:30 UCT, 16:30 South Africa): COVID-19 in Africa: Religious Responses and Legal Implications
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

Thursday, 11 March 2021

DAY OF ACTION, 11 March 2021: Sacred People, Sacred Earth Day of Action
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

ONLINE EVENTS, 9 & 25 February, 9 March 2021 (2PM GMT): Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in Practice
(The Faith & Belief Forum)

Monday, 15 February 2021

WRITING COMPETITION, deadline 15 February 2021: Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School
(Notre Dame Law School)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS, 15 February 2021: Notre Dame Program on Church, State & Society Writing Competition
(Notre Dame Law School)

Friday, 12 February 2021

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP and PUBLISHING PROJECT: 12-13 February 2021: Religion, State, and Society in Post-Communist Countries: Thirty Years after the End of the Cold War
(Elizabeth Clark, Merilin Kivirog, Dmytro Vovk, BYU Law ICLRS, University of Tartu School of Law, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University’s Center for Rule of Law and Religion Studies)

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

EVENT, 9-11 February 2021: 2nd National Faith@Work ERG Conference
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Annual UN Observance Week: Feb. 1-7
(The World Interfaith Harmony Week)

Friday, 5 February 2021

TIMELINE of the 9th European Court of Human Rights Moot Court Competition (Final Round May 2021)
(The European Court of Human RIghts)

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

WEBINAR, 3 February 2021 (12:30PM EST): Catholicism, Joe Biden, and U.S. Politics: A Conversation with Massimo Faggioli
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 1 February 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, due 1 February 2021: Freedom of Religion in Europe Today: Under Critical Investigation
(Institute for the Study of Freedom of Religion or Belief)

Thursday, 28 January 2021

WEBINAR, 28 January 2021, 12:00 PM EST: Research-based Pathways to Powerful Political Engagement
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding)

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

WEBINAR, 27 January 2021 (12:30PM EST): Is America’s Religious Soft Power Effective?
(A Conversation with Peter S. Henne, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

WEBINAR, 27 January 2021 (4:30PM EST): Democracy and Faith Under Siege: Responding to Christian Nationalism
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Pope Francis: Witness to the truth by exposing ‘fake news’
(Catholic News Agency)

Biden reverses military ban on gender transitioning
(Catholic News Agency)

US bishops urge Biden to reject abortion rights after 'deeply disturbing' statement
(Catholic News Agency)

Bishops reiterate need for direct Israel-Palestine negotiations if there is to be peace
(Catholic News Agency)

Appeals court rules on California churches that challenged Covid restrictions
(Catholic News Agency)

A group of Catholic bishops issues statement condemning bullying of LGBTQ youth
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis forced to miss more events due to recurrent nerve pain
(Catholic News Agency)

Vatican gradually to defund some mission territories
(Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency)

UN adopts resolution on protecting religious sites
(Catholic News Agency)

Egypt unveils restored Isis Temple 150 years after its discovery
(Rasha Mahmoud, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Visitors can begin to follow Jesus along Egypt's Holy Family Trail
(Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Egypt announces first major archeological discovery of 2021 Read more:
(Alaa Omran, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Islamic State kills 1, wounds 3 in Sinai
(Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Religious news from around the web January 25, 2021
(World Religion News)

Court blocks mandate forcing doctors to perform controversial gender transition procedures
(Becket: Press Release)

Myanmar's displaced Christians form village called 'Bethel' outside Yangon
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Orthodox diocese denies that priest was suspended for attending DC pro-Trump protest
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Kentucky bill requiring abortion clinics to save babies born alive becomes law
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Protesters disrupt pro-life mass at Catholic church in Ohio: 'Jesus hates you'
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

33 missing children rescued in major human trafficking investigation in California
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Boston can reject Christian flag at City Hall, 1st Circuit rules
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Christian leaders urge Biden to lift sanctions on Syria
(Jackson Elliott, The Christian Post)

Protesters and supporters denounce explosion at anti-LGBTQ First Works Baptist Church
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

UK free to make trade deals with genocidal regimes after Commons vote
(The Guardian, The Guardian)

Religious leaders discuss racism, religion, faith in United States
(Stamford Advocate, Stamford Advocate)

Man files for removal of religious affiliations in Indian court
(TNN, The Times of India)

The struggle for religious freedom — from Thomas Jefferson to Black Lives Matter
(Paul Rosenberg, Salon)

Cardinal: Danish bill requiring translation of homilies threatens religious freedom
(Catholic News Agency, Catholic News Agency)

Order of Australian member defends right to religious freedom of speech
(Keane Bourke and Herlyn Kaur, ABC News Australia)

Supreme Court hears campus religious freedom, free speech case
(Staff, The Pathway)

Spotlight on international religious freedom
(Carol Castiel, VOA)

Will Indonesia’s new Religious Affairs minister protect religious minorities?
(East Asia Forum)

Ultra-Orthodox riot across Israel over lockdown
(Rina Bassist, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Who is behind recent attacks against Turkish presence in Idlib?
(Sultan al-Kanj, Al-Monitor: Syria Pulse)

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

ONLINE TEACHING SERIES, 26 January 2021 (continues into October): ThinkND series to explore world religions
(Amanda Skofstad, ThinkND, University of Notre Dame)

Monday, 25 January 2021

EVENT, 18-25 January 2021: Global ecumenical prayer for Christian Unity
(World Council of Churches)

Nigeria should leverage religion for national peace, group urges
(Best Naira News, Best Naira)

Twitter locks out Chinese Embassy in U.S. over post on Uighurs
(Bloomberg, The Japan Times)

Blasphemy laws and human rights: a match made in hell
(Marie Juul Petersen, OpenGlobalRights)

The Grand Egyptian Festival: religion, heritage and social cohesion
(Mariz Tadros, Institute of Development Studies)

Towards Enriching Understandings of Freedom of Religion or Belief: Politics, Debates, Methodologies, and Practices
(CREID Working Paper 6, Institute of Development Studies)

Freedom of religion or belief and religious inequalities: how is evidence collected?
(Mariz Tadros, Emilie Wilson, Kathryn Cheeseman, Institute of Development Studies)

First Days of the Biden Administration: Ten Suggestions
(Katherine Marshall & Richard Seifman, Impakter: Opinion)

“THOSE people are awful! But …”
(Kent Johnson,, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

ECtHR Grand Chamber declares admissible the case of Ukraine v. Russia re Crimea
(Marco Milanovic, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Complaints brought by Ukraine against Russia concerning a pattern of human rights violations in Crimea declared partly admissible
(Press Release by the Registrar of the Court, European Court of Human Rights)

Ukraine v. Russia (re Crimea) - Grand Chamber Admissibility Decision
(European Court of Human Rights)

Turkey’s religious authority denounces ‘evil-eye’ charms
(Andrew Wilks, Aljazeera)

India: Haryana withdraws order firing man who made Facebook post against Sikh religion
(Express News Service, The Indian Press)

German District Court declares Corona Ordinance unconstitutional
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Enforced wearing of masks declared unconstitutional
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Usmanov v. Russia: a confusing turn in the right direction? (citizenship and counterterrorism)
(Louise Reyntjen, Strasbourg Observers)

SC turns down UP Govt's application to transfer pleas challenging 'Love Jihad' law to itself
(The Wire)

We hold these truths: An Augustinian meditation on the communal dispositions required for democracy
(William Schweiker, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Suit challenges Doe's conditioning of federal grants to colleges on free exercise for student religious groups
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

American Atheists and Americans United sue to overturn Department of Education regulation that forces universities to fund discrimination by student groups
(American Atheists)

Articles of interest - 25 January 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

9th Circuit upholds California's temporary ban on indoor worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Jewish organization fails to prove violations in denial of its use of free after-school space
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court dismisses and vacates judgment below in temporary Texas abortion ban controversy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Case page: Planned Parenthood Center for Choice v. Abbott

Review denied in challenge to Nevada's limit on worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Case page: Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak

USCIRF troubled by escalating persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Algeria
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

China: Special weekly FoRB newsletter (16-24.01.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Racism is a precursor to extremism (Malaysia)
(Ryan Chua, Malaysiakini)

COMECE expresses concern about erosion of religious freedom in Denmark
(Vatican News)

Cuban pastor arrested and detained
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Photos of the Week: Biden inauguration, Buddhist funeral in Nepal
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP
(Aamer Madhani, Associated Press)

Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages
(Josef Federman, Associated Press)

Argentina’s abortion law enters force under watchful eyes
(Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press)

Mayor in Spain removes cross from convent, throws it in dump
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Bishops say order on LBGTQ equality has implications for religious liberty
(Julie Asher, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Has Biden already burned bridges with conservative Christians?
(Kelsey Dallas, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

God at the Inauguration: President Biden’s overt religiosity is a relatively modern trend in U.S. history.
(The Wall Street Journal: Opinion)

Preservation of social order
(Nawal Nadeem Alam, The State Journal-Register)

Authorities are dealing with both religious and political dissidents
(Credo.Press, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Court keeps case of "Moscow Five" Jehovah's Witnesses open
(Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Nineteen Jehovah's Witnesses on trial in Birobidzhan region
(OVD.Info, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Prosecutor tries to overturn victory of Jehovah's Witness in south of Russia
(Kavkazskii Uzel, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

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