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Marika Proctor

Marika Proctor is an author at Religion News Service.

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‘God is life,’ Rabbi Yonatan Neril on ecological conversion and the war in Ukraine

By Marika Proctor — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development — a Jerusalem-based nonprofit engaged in revealing the connection between religion and ecology worldwide.

Vatican finds ‘insufficient elements’ to open investigation into Cardinal Ouellet

By Marika Proctor — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — A woman has accused Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the archbishop of Quebec, of inappropriately touching her lower back and kissing her on the cheek during public events that took place in 2010 and 2008.

Priesthood, politics and propaganda: One clergyman’s life in war-torn Ukraine

By Marika Proctor — August 3, 2022
(RNS) — For many Ukrainian Orthodox Christians, and clergy in particular, the question of religious identity in relationship to the Russian Orthodox Church is both personal and political.

Ukrainian church seeks Kirill’s removal over ‘heretical’ defense of Russian invasion

By Marika Proctor — August 1, 2022
(RNS) — While the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s letter is addressed to the Ecumenical Patriarch, the letter speaks to concerns for the entire global Orthodox Christian community.

Painter pioneers Islamicate impressionism with an eye for the universal

By Marika Proctor — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I would hope that I am conveying something universal — this sense of beauty, just like any good piece of artwork,’ said artist Safia Latif.

Life in Lviv: Ukrainian priest on funerals, food aid and prayers for victory

By Marika Proctor — July 13, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. Oleksiy Zavada, a Ukrainian Catholic priest, describes how life in western Ukraine carries constant reminders of the realities of war on the front lines. 

In Maine, center rethinks spiritual leadership for a climate-changed world

By Marika Proctor — July 12, 2022
(RNS) — At The BTS Center, thinking about the spiritual sector's response to climate change is fueled by a common conviction: that the climate crisis is a spiritual crisis.

Inflation boosts demand at food banks as pandemic anti-hunger measures fall away

By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, and Marika Proctor — July 6, 2022
(RNS) — While President Biden recently signed the Keep Kids Fed Act, extending free meal programs for schoolchildren, many stopgaps funded during the pandemic have ended or are only available in some states. 

Church destroyed during 9/11 attacks consecrated as national shrine

By Marika Proctor — July 5, 2022
(RNS) — St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, in addition to Orthodox services, will also feature dedicated interfaith and nonsectarian spaces.

White House to award 2 faith leaders the Presidential Medal of Freedom

By Marika Proctor — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — Sister Simone Campbell and the Rev. Alexander Karloutsos will be among the 17 Americans recognized in a ceremony at the White House on July 7th. 

Orthodox Christian web forum blocked by Russia over Ukraine coverage

By Marika Proctor — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — The website’s readership has more than doubled since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Grappling with the sacred in Juneteenth’s celebration of freedom

By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, Marika Proctor, and Paul O'Donnell — June 19, 2022
(RNS) — With Juneteenth falling on Sunday this year, Christians especially are taking the opportunity to consider the spiritual charge of the day.
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