Elizabeth E. Evans is an author at Religion News Service.
Catholic schools’ push for in-person learning counters record enrollment drop
(RNS) — While public school districts debate in-person learning, many elementary Catholic schools opened their doors in fall of 2020 and have stayed open.
Funeral directors survive ‘surreal’ year with creativity and faith
(RNS) — With safety precautions changing the way people mourn, as well as the sheer volume of COVID-19 deaths, the men and women who sometimes wryly call themselves ‘last responders’ have had a year like no other.
COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning
(RNS) — In recent years, gleaning has made a comeback as a solution to the problems of persistent hunger and the lack of fresh produce options.
Nuns’ advice on coping with pandemic: Eat, pray for Dr. Fauci, love your neighbor
(Global Sisters Report) — Like the rest of us, Catholic nuns are stuck at home and missing sports, but are keeping busy with prayers, baking and friends.
Amish farmers have a ‘complicated relationship’ with nature, are skeptical of climate change
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) — Amish farmers may embrace a simple, back to the earth lifestyle, but they may not embrace the ‘creation care’ theology of Christian environmentalists.
Funeral director Caleb Wilde posts irreverent thoughts on death
(RNS) Caleb Wilde is an undertaker with a media presence tailor-made for the age of disclosure.
Mountain States Mennonites take step toward gay ordination
(RNS) On Sunday (Feb. 2), a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination.
Entrepreneur sees hope for clean water on Wal-Mart shelves
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Former youth pastor T.J. Foltz has a vision to provide clean drinking water to the world's poor. Now, after winning a competition to get his “Humankind Water” on the shelves of Wal-Mart, he might just be able to make it happen. By Elizabeth Evans.