Ken Chitwood is an author at Religion News Service.
All Stories by Ken Chitwood
Young evangelicals listen to their pastors. Do pastors listen to them?
By Ken Chitwood — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — ‘The nice thing is they still want to talk and want to know what I think,’ said one pastor. ‘The question is what I can do with these conversations.’
In Germany, blessings for same-sex couples exacerbate tensions with Vatican
By Ken Chitwood — June 1, 2021
(RNS) — A campaign to bless same-sex couples comes in defiance of a Vatican statement that such blessings were ‘not legitimate.’
Germany celebrates a historic milestone of Jewish culture — while looking forward
By Ken Chitwood — May 6, 2021
BERLIN (RNS) — As their community turns 1,700 this year, Germany’s Jews want to cast off the bleak history of the Holocaust in favor of a ‘living Judaism.’
Dream of 3 faiths worshipping in one building meets reality in Berlin
By Ken Chitwood — February 15, 2021
(RNS) — Its designers and leaders hope it will be used by Jewish, Christian and Muslim members as a place to pray, worship, gather and, perhaps above all, host a dialogue among their respective religions and with society at large.
Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West
By Ken Chitwood — November 12, 2020
(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.
Campaign posters in ‘Luther country’ raise specter of anti-Semitism
By Ken Chitwood — October 9, 2019
ERFURT, Germany (RNS) — Today, the question remains which part of Luther's legacy will have the greater impact on the upcoming election.
Amid Ramadan celebrations, Jordanians fear an uncertain future
By Ken Chitwood — June 5, 2019
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) — In Jordan, young Muslims count their blessings during Ramadan but worry about the future.
What is Eid and how do Muslims celebrate it? 6 questions answered
By Ken Chitwood — June 4, 2019
(The Conversation) — Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, one of the religion’s principal festivals.
‘Brewery church’ is the latest in craft of luring folks to church
By Ken Chitwood — February 12, 2019
ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) — What its founders call their town's 'newest premier destination brewery' is also a spiritual community known as Castle Church.
How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean
By Ken Chitwood — September 20, 2018
(The Conversation) — In Trinidad, where Muslims make up 5 percent of the population, a parade of colorful floats marks the Shiite holy day of Ashura, but the festival also commemorates those killed in the anti-British Hosay riots in 1884.
What is the Hajj?
By Ken Chitwood — August 17, 2018
(The Conversation) — Nearly 2 million Muslim pilgrims are gathering in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who are able to undertake the five-day pilgrimage.
On Eid 2017, a peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims
By Ken Chitwood — June 26, 2017
(The Conversation) Who are the Puerto Rican Muslims and what are their struggles?
At Ramadan, an online petition for female Quran reciters
By Ken Chitwood — June 29, 2015
(RNS) Searching for a recitation from a female "qariah" or reciter, Jerusha Lamptey, assistant professor of Islam and ministry at Union Theological Seminary, found none.
‘Radical Muslims’ clothing line attempts to shatter stereotypes
By Ken Chitwood — April 13, 2015
(RNS) The Sidikii clothing line allows Muslim youth to choose clothing that reflects their dual identities: Muslim and cool.
The Ice Bucket competitor: Can the Quran Challenge go viral?
By Ken Chitwood — September 22, 2014
(RNS) The new campaign seeks to raise awareness and funds for Muslim da’wah -- a call to propagate the faith -- by reciting verses from the Quran on various online platforms.
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