Castro visits woman taking sanctuary in a church; other Dem candidates voice support

An undocumented woman living in an Ohio church to avoid deportation met with Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Oct. 15, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls now signaling support for her cause and the New Sanctuary Movement.

Buttigieg, Warren reject O'Rourke plan to link church tax status, LGBT policy

A comment last week by candidate Beto O'Rourke that churches and faith-based institutions should lose their tax-exempt status if they don't support same-sex marriage has brought criticism from two of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In Hawaii, Mauna Kea 'protectors' fight telescope project with prayer

With objections both environmental and religious, thousands have flocked to the camp at Mauna Kea to block construction of the mountaintop Thirty Meter Telescope.

Rev. William Barber calls on Democrats to host debate on poverty, racism

 The Rev. William Barber II, a progressive activist and pastor, addressed the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee on Aug. 23, calling on party leaders to host a presidential debate focused on poverty and to do more to address the concerns of poor and low-income Americans.