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Arts & Culture

Long-hidden synagogue mural gets rehabbed, relocated

By Lisa Rathke — August 16, 2022
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — It's a rare representation of a kind of art that graced wooden synagogues in Europe that were largely destroyed during the Holocaust, experts say.

What stabbed Salman Rushdie?

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 16, 2022
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You support BDS? I’m quitting your fan club!

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'It's only rock 'n' roll, but I like it.' Not always. Not when they don't like me.

In his debut country album, Rhett McLaughlin breaks up — with God

By Riley Farrell — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — The ‘Good Mythical Morning’ comedian goes on a spiritual deconstruction journey in his album, ‘James and the Shame.’

Sanctuaries become art hubs thanks to new space-sharing site

By Kathryn Post — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — Venuely offers a solution for New York City houses of worship in need of income.

New book invites Christians to rethink homelessness

By Kathryn Post — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — ‘If we actually saw Jesus on the side of the road ... we probably wouldn’t just roll down our window and hand him a five.’

Why Alexander Hamilton gave his heart to Jesus at a Texas church this weekend

By Bob Smietana — August 8, 2022
(RNS) — An unauthorized church production of the hit musical caused an uproar among fans.

Mormons are being oppressed and mocked on TV. We’re not alone.

By Jana Riess — August 5, 2022
(RNS) — Are Mormons being singled out for religious persecution?

The hidden truth in ‘Hallelujah’

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 2, 2022
(RNS) — It is one of the most covered songs in history. There is far more going on here than meets the ear.

Beyoncé invites church girls to celebrate their freedom

By Candice Marie Benbow — July 30, 2022
(RNS) — In her new song 'Church Girl,' Beyoncé doesn’t just give church girls permission to dance, she also defends us.

Norman Lear, Jewish thinker

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 28, 2022
(RNS) — Norman Lear understood Jewish values, perhaps even more than he recognized.

Proclaim debt amnesty throughout all the land? A biblical solution to a present-day problem

By Eva von Dassow — July 27, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of the ancient Near East explains how loan forgiveness was handled thousands of years ago in the Bible and royal decrees.

Utah’s Pioneer Day celebrates Mormons’ trek west – but there’s a lot more to the history of Latter-day Saints and migration

By Jeffrey Turner — July 22, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Utah holiday is a reflection of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ slowly changing identity, a historian of Mormonism and migration writes.

Painter pioneers Islamicate impressionism with an eye for the universal

By Marika Proctor — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I would hope that I am conveying something universal — this sense of beauty, just like any good piece of artwork,’ said artist Safia Latif.
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