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Rev. Derrick Harkins, pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington.  RNS photo courtesy Rev. Derrick Harkins.
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Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, chairman of the AME Church's Commission on Social Action.  RNS photo by Joseph Allen/J.F. Allen Photography.
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A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, a day for fellow members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own.   RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks.
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A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, a day for fellow members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own.  RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks.
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Chaplain Jeff Zust (far left), an Army lieutenant colonel and an EMT, was deployed for 15 months in Iraq. Based on that experience, he later served on a team of chaplains, enlisted chaplain’s assistants and technology and training specialists tasked with adapting existing medic triage simulators for chaplains serving in forward operating bases and forward aid stations.  RNS photo courtesy Jeff Zust.
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A disgruntled former employee murdered Sami Rahamim’s father, Reuven, (both pictured here) last September. But the teen doesn't want to be known for what happened to him. Instead, he wants to be recognized for what he is doing about it. RNS photo courtesy Sami Rahamim
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Texas Values rallied with hundreds of people outside the BSA headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday just as the postponement decision was announced. “There’s no doubt that the faith communities that have gotten involved in this issue have made a difference,” said Jonathan Saenz (center), president of Texas Values. “We’re very encouraged to see so many people of religious faith step up and be leaders and do what’s right.” RNS photo courtesy Texas Values.
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Larry Coppock, the United Methodist Church’s national director of Scouting ministries, said the group -- including Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist representatives -- unanimously requested that Scouting executives give them more time to consider the possibility.  RNS photo courtesy United Methodist Church's General Commission on United Methodist Men.
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“I understand that I’m going to be viewed as a fringe, apocalyptic Christian,” said Joel Richardson, author of several books predicting an Islamic Antichrist. “But I fully own the idea that the Antichrist will be a Muslim and will come out of the Muslim world.”  RNS photo courtesy Joel Richardson.
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Ila Vidwans and Mahendra Sheth enjoy the sun in a common area, after lunch.  Shantiniketan, located in Tavares, Fl., is a gated retirement community catering to Indian immigrants. Residents dine on vegetarian meals, partake in daily yoga as well as Bhajans (prayer) everyday at noon. Some women dress in traditional sarees and their is a strong sense of community.  RNS photo by Julie Fletcher.
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