Ron Ribiat

Ron Ribiat is an author at Religion News Service.

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Religion News is hiring

June 6, 2017

We seek an experienced journalist who can write authoritatively at the intersection of religion and politics. Part of the reporter’s job will be to follow the Catholic beat, while branching out into other areas of coverage. Add to Favorite Articles

Share your message on Paris Climate Accord

June 1, 2017

Does your organization see a direct link between climate change and faith? What is the role of believers and all people of goodwill in fighting climate change? Does more need to be done on a grassroots level to combat climate change given the just announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord?

Cyberattacks can be ‘just war,’ according to leading experts at Religion News Service event

May 23, 2017

Cyberattacks are the next level of warfare and can be considered pre-emptive in certain circumstances, according to a leading panel of experts hosted by Religion News Service (RNS) at the National Press Club on Monday.

Global Sisters Report wins Excellence awards from the Associated Church Press

May 10, 2017

Global Sisters Report is pleased that its coverage of Catholic women religious has been recognized by the Associated Church Press with an “Award of Excellence – Best in Class/Online: Independent Website” in the 2017 ACP “Best of the Christian Press” awards.

BTS and GRACE offer historic seminary course on child sexual abuse

April 21, 2017

Biblical Theological Seminary (BTS) has teamed up with Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) to offer a first of its kind, 3-credit-hour seminary course that will educate, train, and equip future pastors and church staff members on protecting children from offenders and serving adult survivors of child sexual abuse. GRACE worked with the National Child Protection Training Center and a team of Christian theologians, pastors, counselors, and child protection professionals to craft this historic course.

The Religion News Foundation receives John Templeton Foundation grant for science & religion reporting

March 31, 2017

Religion News Foundation has received a two-year $210,000 grant from the West Conshohocken, Pa.-based John Templeton Foundation to help inform the public about how science and religion intersect.

Wish your message could be shared on

March 29, 2017

Your piece, written by a freelance religion reporter, will be highlighted on for one week. The piece, while labeled as sponsored content, will run side by side with two of our own news stories. Whether a  narrative-form feature article, a book or movie review, a slideshow or list, your story will be presented in a […]

Legendary director Martin Scorsese delivers one of the greatest films of his career: SILENCE

March 28, 2017

SILENCE makes its home entertainment debut on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 28, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD March 14.

Christian media to address an evangelical response to the Trump presidency at national convention

March 27, 2017

Writers and editors within the Christian periodical market will discuss the Trump presidency during the annual convention of the Evangelical Press Association when it convenes in Lombard, Illinois, on April 9 to 11, 2017.

OCP announces hiring of new Publisher and CEO

March 23, 2017

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample has announced the hiring of Wade Wisler as the new Publisher and CEO of OCP. Wade will replace John Limb who is retiring at the end of April. John started his career at OCP in 1986 as a liturgy editor. After that, John worked as the missal editor and then Publisher, a position that he has held for the last 25 years.

Millennials to take pilgrimage to Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani Abbey

March 20, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Religion News Foundation (RNF) is pleased to announce a collaboration with millennials Will Peterson and David Cable, as the two set out on a “Modern Millennial Pilgrimage” from Saturday, March 25, until Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The journey on foot, involving 75 miles of travel and reflection, will begin at the […]

Richard Mouw joins Religion News Service as columnist

March 20, 2017

Religion News Service is pleased to announce that Richard J. Mouw, theologian, philosopher, scholar, educator and author, will begin writing the “Civil Evangelicalism” column, focusing on how evangelicals can model a gracious spirit in addressing important issues pertaining to the common good.

Exhibitor opportunities at the 2017 RNA Annual Conference

March 8, 2017

Connect with the nation’s premier religion reporters at the 2017 RNA Annual Conference, Sept. 7–9 at the Renaissance hotel in downtown Nashville. Building on the highly regarded debut of our Power Networking Exhibitor Breakfast last year, we will once again offer two options for exhibiting. Whether you want to share your message both by addressing attendees in a formal setting and welcoming them to your booth, or by simply inviting them to your booth to speak individually, we have options that fit your style and your budget.

Camp Woodland’s racially diverse, culturally rich history – Americana at its best

February 22, 2017

While the word “diversity” is of necessity becoming a part of the American vernacular these days, the concept is not exactly new. In fact, in 1939, a group of idealists inspired by the spirit of the New Deal reform put their vision of American democracy into practice by creating Camp Woodland, a racially and ethnically inclusive summer camp for city kids located in the remote and scenic mountains of upstate New York. The camp’s innovative programs profoundly influenced campers for 24 summers from 1939 to 1962. One of those campers was Bill Horne, who grew up to champion civil rights as an attorney and now, as a historian, chronicles the development and importance of this special place in a new book, The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal.

The Simpsons’ Gospel: Back with A Newer Testament

February 21, 2017

Veteran religion writer Mark I. Pinsky returns with a fresh, witty and insightful take on faith in America’s long-running animated TV sitcom: The Gospel According to The Simpsons: A Newer Testament. This ebook features all original material, covering the award-winning series from 2007, when the best-selling book was last published, through the 2016 season. There are more than 160,000 trade paper copies in print of the highly-praised previous editions of The Gospel According to The Simpsons, from Westminster John Knox Press.

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