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Renée Roden

Renée Roden is an author at Religion News Service.

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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 — 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.

Orlando’s Holy Land theme park sold by TBN to health care company

By Renée Roden — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — Trinity Broadcasting Network sold the Christian-based theme park for a reported $32 million to a Seventh-day Adventist health care company.

His parish was the poor: The Rev. Tom Lumpkin spent 40 years ministering to Detroit’s homeless

By Renée Roden — August 4, 2021
(RNS) – ‘Living with people who have lots of problems helped me see my own dark side,’ said the Rev. Tom Lumpkin, who spent 40 years serving Detroit’s homeless.

Charismatic TikTok divided over praying in tongues

By Renée Roden — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I think words are not the greatest at describing the sensation. It’s being filled, it’s being baptized. It’s a little mysterious,' said one TikToker.

So you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding? Five pieces of advice from the pros

By Renée Roden — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — Chances are increasingly likely if you attend the wedding of a couple under 30 years old, their officiant won’t be a person of the cloth but someone who’s close to the couple.

Judge orders forfeiture of ancient tablet from Museum of the Bible

By Renée Roden — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — A federal judge ordered Hobby Lobby to forfeit a rare fragment of the Epic of Gilgamesh to the United States government.
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