Haley Barker

Haley Barker is an author at Religion News Service.

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In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks’ involvement in protests raises familiar questions

By Haley Barker — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — The connection between monks and political figures has reportedly diminished some monks’ respectability.

In an unprecedented food crisis, Buddhist anti-hunger fund meets its moment

By Haley Barker — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — Buddhist Global Relief has challenged Western Buddhists to focus on social engagement.

Doxxing on campus: How BDS tensions at Harvard became personal

By Haley Barker — July 8, 2022
(RNS) — Doxxing — the practice of revealing personal information online to promote harassment — has become an increasingly common tactic on college campuses, setting off debates about free speech.

Inflation boosts demand at food banks as pandemic anti-hunger measures fall away

By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, and Marika Proctor — July 6, 2022
(RNS) — While President Biden recently signed the Keep Kids Fed Act, extending free meal programs for schoolchildren, many stopgaps funded during the pandemic have ended or are only available in some states. 

Buddhist leader in Bhutan fully ordains 144 women, resuming ancient tradition

By Haley Barker — June 21, 2022
(RNS) — Damcho Diana Finnegan, an American Tibetan Buddhist nun, called the ordination ceremony ‘a major step towards ending the institutionalized inequality between men and women in Tibetan Buddhism.’

Grappling with the sacred in Juneteenth’s celebration of freedom

By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, Marika Proctor, and Paul O'Donnell — June 19, 2022
(RNS) — With Juneteenth falling on Sunday this year, Christians especially are taking the opportunity to consider the spiritual charge of the day.
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