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Kimberly Winston

Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

All Stories by Kimberly Winston

After bronze medal, Adam Rippon still has ‘nothing to say’ to Pence

By Kimberly Winston — February 8, 2018
(RNS) — Adam Rippon criticized the vice president, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the Winter Games, for his support for gay conversion therapy.

God and the games

By Kimberly Winston — February 8, 2018
(RNS) — The Olympics have deep religious and spiritual roots -- which, some scholars say, are in jeopardy.

The Slingshot: Video games for Christians and Buddhists

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — February 7, 2018
Some Christian gamers use Minecraft to advance their faith, while Buddhist monks worry about technologically distracted novices. Poland’s president signs legislation making it a crime to suggest the country was complicit in the Holocaust.

If you build it, will they pray? Constructing religious worlds with Minecraft

By Kimberly Winston — February 6, 2018
(RNS) — Minecraft is becoming what some hoped failed Christian-themed games like Catechumen would become — a tool for exploring and advancing religion among gamers.

List of ‘Jews’ gets Republican candidate a slap from Twitter users

By Kimberly Winston — January 31, 2018
(RNS) — Many of the supposed 'Jews' and their supporters called out Paul Nehlen's anti-Semitism with ridicule.

Is God on Facebook? CBS hopes so, in possible new show

By Kimberly Winston — January 31, 2018
(RNS) — Will audiences watch a sitcom about a guy who talks to God?

The Slingshot: SOTU; Clinton adviser; Chilean bishop

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — January 31, 2018
Some religious leaders hail, others hammer President Trump's first State of the Union speech. Hillary Clinton offers explanation for not firing campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment. Pope sends sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate bishop.

Freak show or spiritual test? Book explores world of snake handlers

By Kimberly Winston — January 26, 2018
(RNS) — Author Julia Duin focuses on a new breed of snake-handling preachers — young and adept at using social media to attract attention.

The Slingshot: Snake news; Hate in Whitefish; Winter books

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — January 24, 2018
Pope compares fake news to ‘snake tactics.’ Descending on a Montana town, neo-Nazi trolls test where free speech ends. Our seasonal list of recently published books that deal with religion and spirituality in plot, theme or subject matter.

Winter books: The getaway edition

By Kimberly Winston — January 23, 2018
(RNS) — Here are eight recently published books that deal with religion and spirituality in plot, theme or subject matter — without proselytizing.

The Slingshot: Salvadorans in churches; Stressed Anglican priests; Thai elephant battle

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — January 17, 2018
Salvadorans at risk of losing immigration status find support in churches. Church of England priests turn to trade unions for support. Renowned Buddhist scholar face jail for ‘criticizing’ Thai monarchy.

Renowned Buddhist scholar faces jail for ‘criticizing’ Thai monarchy

By Kimberly Winston — January 16, 2018
(RNS) — An internationally derided "lèse-majesté" law may send Sulak Sivaraksa to jail for 15 years.

Church to thieves: Give our bell back and all will be forgiven

By Kimberly Winston — January 11, 2018
(RNS) — 'Losing this bell — having it stolen from us — means that we have a lost a part of our community,' said the church's pastor.

North Korea is worst place for Christian persecution, group says

By Kimberly Winston — January 10, 2018
(RNS) — Afghanistan is a close second in an annual list from a Christian rights watchdog organization.

The Slingshot: Muslim mental health; Anti-Semitism in Germany; Impeachment fast

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — January 10, 2018
U.S. mosques expand therapist referral programs to address growing need. Germany worried about 'imported anti-Semitism' after immigrant protests. James Dobson urges fast, saying U.S. “will be in serious trouble” if Trump is forced out of office.
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