Eric Berger is an author at Religion News Service.
In St. Louis, mapping how religion is lived — in sanctuaries holy and profane
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) — Focusing on practices and beliefs in everyday life, the initiative looks at religion in the yoga studio, the baseball stadium, the zoo and the dog park.
Millennial Catholics go ‘biking for babies,’ raise funds for crisis pregnancy clinics
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Wearing blue and yellow Biking for Babies cycling jerseys and traveling mostly through red states, the 23 riders, the majority of them Catholic and college-age, said they often encountered people who support their mission.
In St. Louis, ‘Grill to Glory’ deploys churches (and hot dogs) for community renewal
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — A partnership between churches and a local nonprofit build community through cookouts in crime-plagued North St. Louis.
Overcoming fears of ‘making noise,’ US Muslims step into civic life
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — The group Muslims for a Better America plunged into local politics in this city when a candidate who described herself as a ‘Confederate’ ran for school board.
Wounded by a pastor’s fall, The Journey megachurch gets back on its path
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Since elders fired the founder, Darrin Patrick, the church has improved accountability and promoted more women, but its salvation may have been its faith in a down-to-earth approach to building community.
As immigrants come north, ‘Let Our Families Go’ caravan heads for border tent city
(RNS) — The goal of the trip, an organizer said, is to ‘raise our voices and ensure that indefinite detention of asylum seekers does not happen.’
Lawsuit settled, former SNAP director returns to the fight against abuse
ST. LOUIS (RNS) — David Clohessy’s re-emergence is a reboot for the organization representing abuse survivors, two years after he resigned amid allegations of kickbacks from victims’ attorneys.
Celtic spirituality draws pagans and Christians alike
(RNS) — ‘It’s a big-tent spirituality,’ said book editor Brandenburgh, ‘so it’s something that not only Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants feel comfortable with, but it’s also something that is of interest to the neo-pagans of the world, many of the New Age types.’
Seminary investigation to begin in wake of sexual misconduct allegations
(RNS) Cardinal Sean O’Malley said the investigation will look into the allegations as well as the ‘culture of the seminary regarding the personal standards expected and required of candidates for the priesthood.’