Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ram Dass, who introduced a generation to Hindu meditation, dies at 88
(RNS) — Pioneering the use of psychedelic drugs as spiritual practice, he also explored Buddhism and Hinduism, which took him to India and resulted in his 1971 best-selling book ‘Be Here Now.’
Philip Roth, acclaimed and controversial novelist who probed Jewish themes, dies at 85
(RNS) — Though Roth was an avowed atheist, Judaism was a perennial theme in much of his work.
The ’Splainer: The ‘gifts’ of Pentecost and Shavuot
(RNS) — This weekend marks the Christian holy day of Pentecost and the Jewish holy day Shavuot. Both involve ‘gifts,’ but not the kind that come with bows. Let us ’Splain …
Whitefish Jews fight neo-Nazis with faith, peace and interfaith allies
(RNS) — What do you do when anti-Semites, stirred up by a guy you see at the local coffee shop and the gym, send you doctored pictures of your child’s face beneath the gates of Auschwitz?
American Atheists terminates its president over sexual misconduct allegations
(RNS) — David Silverman, who took the 55-year-old organization to new prominence, is accused of sexual assault by two women.
‘Queer Disbelief’ pairs atheists and LGBTQ communities as allies
(RNS) — Queer activist and atheist Camille Beredjick calls for an alliance based on mutual goals of equality and acceptance.
American Atheists places president on leave pending investigation
(RNS) — The organization gave no specific reason for the move.
Cultivating the connection between soil and the soul with ‘FaithLands’
PAICINES, Calif. (RNS) — When 40 faith-based farmers gathered for a first-of-its-kind weekend at a working ranch near San Jose, they sought nothing less than a complete disruption of how food is grown, distributed and even served.
From the black church to India: The theology of Martin Luther King Jr.
(RNS) — Montgomery. Albany. Birmingham. Selma. Washington, D.C. In each of these places King demonstrated an evolving theology.
The ’Splainer: The stormy, surprising history of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
(RNS) — What’s the back story on this British import being revisited and reimagined on television Sunday night? Let us ‘Splain …
The Slingshot: Page-turning; African panthers; Passion plays
Frank Page, Southern Baptist leader, retired due to ‘inappropriate relationship.’ ‘Black Panther’ inspires Kenyan church leaders’ march for Pan-African unity. An Oklahoma Passion play approaches the century mark.
The ’Splainer: Why do Jews eat gefilte fish at the Passover seder?
(RNS) — The much-maligned Passover appetizer has come to epitomize the gastronomic experience of the shtetl, or ancestral towns of many Jews of Eastern European origin.
The Slingshot: Last wrongs; Kansas mosque; Sumba rumble
No deathbed conversion for atheist Stephen Hawking. Mosque bombing plot rattles immigrants in Kansas’ ‘meat triangle.’ On Indonesian Christian island, animist war game ritual lives on.