Arts

In Disney’s ‘Clouds,’ Justin Baldoni makes a teen cancer movie about joy
By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — Justin Baldoni, best known for his role on the CW's 'Jane the Virgin', has modeled his career of late around Western culture's allergy to talking about death.
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Lecrae on growing uncomfortable with white evangelicalism and finding ‘Restoration’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 14, 2020
(RNS) — The Christian hip-hop artist’s new book examines the spiritual, personal and artistic dimensions of redemption.
‘Give Me My Colored Coat’: Donny Osmond performs wedding in amazing technicolor dreamcoat
By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 13, 2020
(RNS) — For a wedding ceremony performed by ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ star Donny Osmond, not just any robe will do.
Sex and ‘church ladies’: True-to-life secrets beyond Black church pews
By Adelle M. Banks — October 9, 2020
(RNS) — In ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,’ a finalist for the National Book Award, author Deesha Philyaw focuses on Black women and ‘the tug of war they experience between their desires and what they may have learned at church.’
What’s behind the ‘Cuties’ outrage?
By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 18, 2020
(RNS) — The movie has provoked backlash since it landed last week on Netflix, the popular TV and movie streaming service. But what is the movie about, and why has it struck such a dissonant chord?
Christian musician Sean Feucht held defiant Seattle worship protest after concert was banned
By Julia Duin — September 8, 2020
SEATTLE (RNS) — After city officials shut down a Seattle park concert, Christian musician Sean Feucht held an outdoor ‘worship protest.’
Keith and Kristyn Getty’s Sing! conference goes online, focuses on singing at home
By Bob Smietana — August 29, 2020
NASHVILLE (RNS) — Hymn writer Keith Getty hopes the pandemic will lead to a renewal of singing at home. That message will be part of the Getty Music annual Sing! conference, which will be held online this year.
In ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream,’ the law of attraction plays a starring role
By Kathryn Post — August 5, 2020
(RNS) — ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream,’ a film based on the bestselling book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, was released on July 31 and features a star-studded cast alongside an inspirational dose of spiritualism.
5 faith moments to watch for in Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 4, 2020
(RNS) — Spirituality has been part of Beyoncé’s journey, from singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and a gospel medley on albums with Destiny’s Child to embodying the divine feminine from a number of religious traditions in her recent visual albums and appearances.
Billy Graham statue to replace that of white supremacist in US Capitol
By Yonat Shimron — August 3, 2020
(RNS) — The 10-foot, 10-inch-tall statue of the renowned evangelist will replace a statue of Charles Aycock that both the state of North Carolina and the US House want removed.
Chicago’s Soldier Field rolls out blue carpet for drive-in screening of movie ‘Fatima’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 29, 2020
CHICAGO (RNS) — ‘Just like the churches, we had to pivot, too,’ said Jeanne Berney, chief operating officer of Picturehouse Entertainment, the film’s distributor.
Catholic sculptor re-creating Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ aims to shift the emphasis off hell
By Claire Giangravé — July 21, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — According to the sculptor, limiting the poem’s scope to the Inferno has led to a secularization of Dante’s work. Schmalz’s sculpture will be the first to represent all 100 cantos of the famous poem.
Can kindness heal a world divided by pandemic, protests and politics? Pastor Ashlee Eiland thinks so
By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2020
(RNS) — ‘I think sometimes what kindness means, if we’re doing it well, is that we are righteously angry,’ said Ashlee Eiland, formation and preaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church near Grand Rapids, Michigan.