Heather Adams is an author at Religion News Service.
Kanye West at Coachella was a substitute Easter for sinner-saints
(RNS) — Beyond his showmanship, some experts say, the God-obsessed rapper is offering something the church typically doesn’t allow for: a space where people are allowed to be saint and sinner.
Atheist summits aim to find community, and power, in networking nonbelievers
TEMECULA, CALIF. (RNS) — At the first of three planned meetings for secular leaders, atheists and humanists gathered here to discuss politics, social issues and, like any faith organization, how to attract members.
Tim Tebow makes the Christian movie he’s always wanted to see
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘Run the Race,’ the story of two high school brothers trying to overcome their family’s struggles, sticks close to the power of fraternal love, sports and the Almighty.
‘Walk of Faith’ tour tells tale of Hollywood’s Christian beginnings
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The place sometimes known as ‘Hollywood Babylon’ was founded as a preserve of an abstinent Christian lifestyle.
Crystal Cathedral, home to the ‘Hour of Power,’ transforms into Catholic seat
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (RNS) — The restoration of the former home of televangelist Robert Schuller as the seat of the Roman Catholic bishop of Orange will accommodate California’s latest religious boom.
Amish schools find ways to serve special needs kids
CLARK, Mo. (RNS) As the number of Amish have grown, so too have the number of Amish children diagnosed with genetic-based disorders.
World Bank launches interfaith push to eliminate extreme poverty
(RNS) The number of people living on $1.25 or less a day has dropped in half since 1990. Now, the World Bank and religious groups want to bring that number to zero.
400+ Catholic and evangelical leaders want to kill the death penalty
(RNS) Christian leaders say Jesus’ state-sponsored execution should prompt believers to oppose the death penalty.
VIDEO: Once was blind, but now I see: US doctors bring hope to Haiti
Until a local eye clinic is completely run by Haitians, the iTeam plans to keep making trips, performing surgery and running on Dr. Andrew Moyes’ motto: “Jesus washed feet, we clean eyeballs.”
10 apps to help keep those New Year’s resolutions, and do some good
(RNS) Having trouble sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? Here are 10 apps to help you achieve your goals, while also donating to charity.
Online ordinations aren’t just for weddings anymore
(RNS) Getting ordained online to officiate at a friend’s wedding? Sure. But what about being a high priestess who can banish spirits and lift curses?
Topeka goes from ‘God Hates Fags’ to ‘God Loves Gays’
(RNS) The project shows the power of harnessing online media — in this case, the crowdfunding site Indiegogo — to push back against hate speech from a reviled source.
Prayer discount no longer on the menu at North Carolina diner
(RNS) Mary’s Gourmet Diner has stopped offering 15 percent discounts for praying customers after the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to the owner to stop, calling it a violation of the Civil Rights Act.
‘Black Jesus’ targeted as ‘blasphemous’ by conservative groups
(RNS) “Black Jesus” will air late at night, well after most kids are in bed, but One Million Moms’ Monica Cole said “blasphemy is blasphemy, no matter what time of day it is.”
Faith leaders testify in support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan
(RNS) Twenty-six faith leaders showed their support of the Clean Power Plan through prayer and public witness at the Environmental Protection Agency public hearings. The Clean Power Plan was proposed June 2 under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.