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Renée Roden

Renée Roden is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Renée Roden

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.

‘The last time we had a communication shift this drastic was the printing press’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'In 2020, in a global pandemic, seemed like a great time to start a church with no budget and no building,' said Baker with a laugh.

‘Not everyone loves me’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
"People kept telling me, 'You look just like Jesus, except you're gay," said TikTok creator JeGaysus.

‘They’re looking for a pastor on this journey’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'I was done with pastoring. And, honestly, done with Christian people altogether'

‘One belief kind of fell after the other’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'Deconstruction is unlearning what has been instilled into you on a deep and permanent level. Unlearning emotional habits you learn from the church.'

‘I didn’t have anyone in my life who I could talk to about it’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'Religion is not something you expect to be popular on social media.'

‘God isn’t surprised by our questions’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'There are so many people within the deconstruction TikTok community that are way more well-versed and so intelligent.'

Lonely no more: Questioning Christians find belonging on TikTok

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Deconstructing the faith of one's childhood can be a lonely undertaking. For many of these church exiles, TikTok has filled the gap.

‘I knew absolutely nothing about my own religion. Everything I knew was basically hearsay’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'I got so many heartfelt messages, messages where people said "this is so helpful for me."'

Dating as a Catholic: Sweet dream or not-so-beautiful nightmare?

By Renée Roden — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Sometimes sorting potential mates based on shared religion can result in strange bedfellows. One Instagram account laughs through the pain.

Global interfaith prayer service advocates for vaccine equity

By Renée Roden — July 20, 2021
(RNS) – ‘The coronavirus is not the Titanic, everyone can live — there are more than enough lifeboats for every person on the planet,’ said Don McCrabb, executive director of the United States Catholic Mission Association. 

Co-chair of Poor People’s Campaign among nearly 100 women arrested at march for voting rights in D.C.

By Renée Roden — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — The arrested protesters were part of the Women’s Moral Monday March, advocating for legislation to protect voting rights and demanding relief for marginalized and impoverished Americans.
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