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Ken Chitwood

Ken Chitwood is an author at Religion News Service.

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Dream of 3 faiths worshipping in one building meets reality in Berlin

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

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

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

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

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

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.

What is the Hajj?

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

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

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

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?

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.

Targeted Islamic outreach to Hispanics achieving results

February 28, 2014

PEARLAND, Texas (RNS) “My conversion was a shock for my family, they thought I rejected Jesus, Mary, my culture,” said Imam Isa Parada, one of the leaders of Islam In Spanish. “My dad thought I was going to be a terrorist.”

Iraqi refugee works to make life safer for secular humanists

December 3, 2013

(RNS) Most people assume that because Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar is an Iraqi refugee, he is Muslim. This is not the case. Al-Mutar is a secular humanist, and an outspoken one at that.

Long an oasis of Christian-Muslim calm, Kenya may see more strife

October 8, 2013

NAIROBI, Kenya RNS) Kenya has enjoyed relative peace between the two monotheistic religions that dominate the region. But that may be changing.

Skeptics wonder if ex-clergy should lead atheist movements

October 2, 2013

(RNS) Some skeptics are wondering if ex-clergy leading nonreligious groups is a good idea.

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