White Lotus Day celebrates the ‘founding mother of occult in America,’ Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
By Marina Alexandrova — May 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Theosophy and its founders had an outsize impact on Americans’ ideas about spirituality and Asian religions.
Why white supremacists would be thrilled to hear Jackie Hill Perry call out Beyoncé
By Andre Henry — May 4, 2023
More Americans pray in their car than in a place of worship, survey finds
By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2023
May Day’s pagan roots are alive and well in Beltane
By Heather Greene — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — One of the eight sabbats, or modern pagan holidays, Beltane is a celebration of community after the colder months and of the returning fertility of the land.
Pagan conferences return with more attendees, more magick after pandemic hiatus
By Heather Greene — April 19, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Everybody is here. There are lots of hugs. We are back.’
Rachel Pollack, tarot expert, trans activist and author, is dead at 77
By Heather Greene — April 17, 2023
(RNS) — Pollack said that in the single year of 1971 she discovered tarot, had her first story published, moved to Europe and came out as trans and a lesbian. 'My whole life changed in one year. It was an amazing year. A year of my life taking off,' she said.
For BLM’s Patrisse Cullors, art is a vocation and salvation
By Jocelyn Noveck — April 14, 2023
Through controversy and personal tragedy, Cullors has focused on her art practice and its themes of race and religion.
In ‘God on Psychedelics,’ Don Lattin offers a roadmap of congregational tripping
By Yonat Shimron — April 10, 2023
(RNS) — The veteran religion reporter investigates how various religious groups are using psychedelics to inspire chemically induced mystical experiences.
Cubans seek solutions and solace in Santería amid crises
By Associated Press — April 10, 2023
HAVANA (AP) — A fusion of African religions and Catholicism, Santería was one of the few religious practices to quietly endure through decades of prohibitions and stigma by the communist government.
Church-state separationist Barry Lynn recounts his legal arguments in new memoirs
By Adelle M. Banks — April 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'It is people who are hurting, people who are outcasts, that appealed to me,' Lynn said.
Astrologers respond as Starbucks becomes latest brand to look to the stars
By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 30, 2023
(RNS) — Some astrologers see astrology’s appearance in memes and marketing as a move in a positive direction.
Court rehears case to protect Oak Flat, an Apache sacred site in Arizona
By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — ‘A win for Apache Stronghold will be a win for people of all faiths,’ said Luke Goodrich.
Horror shows like ‘Mayfair Witches’ hire occult consultants to cast their spells
By Heather Greene — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — As witches and interest in Wicca became more common in the broader culture, occult consultants are finding more work on film and television sets.
‘Resistance’ is not just a buzzword in Kaitlin Curtice’s new book
By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — In ‘Living Resistance,’ Curtice shares essays about what resistance can look like, touching on topics such as prayer and protecting the land and even child care.
Poll: Support for abortion rights is strong, even among most religious groups
By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2023
(RNS) — The outliers are white evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and Hispanic Protestants.
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