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Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Bill Motchan

For immigrant families, a sweet wedding tradition preserves a taste of home

By Bill Motchan — September 9, 2019
(RNS) — Instead of elaborately decorated cakes, many cultures' nuptials feature wedding-only cookies, symbolizing the sweetness the newlyweds will experience after they exchange vows.

In St. Louis, former houses of worship are retooled to meet the city’s needs

By Bill Motchan — June 6, 2019
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Many retired but architecturally significant houses of worship are surviving by converting to new uses that benefit their neighborhoods or cities in ways their original congregants might approve but never imagined.

For Orthodox Jewish men, the hat known as a Borsalino is tops

By Bill Motchan — April 9, 2019
(RNS) — A fedora worn by Rihanna and Indiana Jones has also been the hat of choice for Jews from Eastern Europe to the United States for more than a century.

Gospel choirs try to build racial harmony through song

By Bill Motchan — March 28, 2019
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — In St. Louis, a diverse gospel choir tries to build racial harmony through a love of music.
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