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Renée Roden

Renée Roden is an author at Religion News Service.

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Carmen Acevedo Butcher gives medieval mysticism a Gen Z reboot

By Renée Roden — August 25, 2022
(RNS) — For Acevedo Butcher, spiritual wisdom is never far from social justice.

Across US, worshippers seek solidarity at Ukrainian churches, pray for peace

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Kathryn Post, and Renée Roden — February 28, 2022
CHICAGO (RNS) — In cities with some of the largest Ukrainian populations in the United States, worshippers prayed for peace and an end to war Sunday (Feb. 27) as Russia threatened its western neighbor for the fourth straight day.

Lay Catholics fill the enthusiasm gap on Francis’ Synod on Synodality

By Renée Roden — February 18, 2022
(RNS) — The synod has seemingly failed to grab the attention of American Catholics. A few dedicated lay organizers are trying to change that.

A ‘Catholic’ diocese that values internet hierarchy over religious expertise

By Renée Roden — December 13, 2021
(RNS) — Venturing onto the Diocese of Discord server for the first time, a curious user is presented with a cornucopia of hash-tagged discussion channels full of Pepe the Frog gifs and Vatican flag emojis.

Evidence of Dorothy Day’s ‘everyday’ sainthood heads to Rome, boxed and beribboned

By Renée Roden — December 9, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — In a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a formal sendoff for two decades of work by Day’s supporters.

For New York celebrity priest, 9/11 closure will come with tolerance for ‘every path to God’

By Renée Roden — September 11, 2021
(RNS) — 'You cannot be a truly godly person unless you have respect for every path to God,' said Monsignor Jim Lisante, who lost 30 parishioners on 9/11.

New York pilgrimage celebrates interfaith solidarity in lead-up to 9/11 anniversary

By Renée Roden — September 10, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — To be a New Yorker is an interfaith state of mind, according to many of the speakers at the interfaith prayer walk Thursday night (Sept. 9).

‘A burden of beauty’: Five religious artisans on finding inspiration in faith

By Renée Roden — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — Forbidden images, illuminated manuscripts and even maps testify to the creativity humans bring to the project of making the transcendent tangible.

Jeannie Gaffigan hosts panel urging Catholics to get COVID-19 vaccines

By Renée Roden and Alejandra Molina — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Gaffigan collaborated with Loyola Marymount University to host a panel on Tuesday (Aug. 31) directed specifically at Catholic audiences and featuring several Catholic medical experts.

Britney Spears: An icon for purity culture’s wounded women

By Renée Roden — August 27, 2021
(RNS) — The trajectory of Spears' career and public persona can be understood, some scholars of evangelicalism argue, through the rise and decline of the evangelical purity movement. 

‘I kept putting God in too small of a box’: Five clergy on their unexpected callings

By Renée Roden — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — For some, following a call to minister has meant going to the margins.

‘Our work changed really overnight’: Community groups aid SIV hopefuls awaiting evacuation

By Renée Roden — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — Community sponsor programs and resettlement programs rush to help Afghans overcome the bureaucratic barriers to obtaining SIVs.

‘You can’t think yourself out of racism’: Black religion scholars call for conversion

By Renée Roden — August 18, 2021
(RNS) — Black religion scholars say their work is routinely undervalued and their advancement blocked by a bias that sees the study of Black religious experience as secondary to white theology.

Faith leaders and Texas Democrats march to US Capitol to demand voting protections

By Renée Roden — August 12, 2021
(RNS) — The group’s members signed letters with their demands and processed to the Capitol to hand-deliver them.

Is Britney Spears a Catholic? The internet has thoughts

By Renée Roden — August 11, 2021
(RNS) — If you're looking for clarity, these theories aren't for you — but if you want to get up to speed with the preeminent hot takes, here's what you need to know.
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