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Student groups show support for Minnesota college president

By Associated Press — January 27, 2023
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several student groups at a Minnesota college that dismissed an adjunct art instructor for showing an image of the Prophet Muhammad to her class say they do not want the school's embattled president to resign.

David Crosby was my first Bible teacher

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 24, 2023

Queer bars offer sacred space for LGBTQ community

By Kathryn Post — January 23, 2023
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God’s bar: Nashville’s lesbian-owned Lipstick Lounge storied for its radical hospitality

By Kathryn Post — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — 'I really didn’t have money to open a bar,' said Lipstick Lounge-owner Jonda Valentine. 'But I really believed that’s what God wanted me to do.'

New book spotlights influence of Pentecostalism on California’s Mexican farmworkers

By Alejandra Molina — January 20, 2023
(RNS) — 'Sowing the Sacred: Mexican Pentecostal Farmworkers in California' recounts how 'divine healing' was seen as a pragmatic way to care for impoverished workers who lacked regular access to medical care.

In India, deity decorating a calling for Hindu temple artist

By Deepa Bharath — January 18, 2023
CHENNAI, India (AP) — A computer science graduate, S. Goutham quit his job nearly a decade ago to pursue his calling. He has since followed in the footsteps of his ancestors as a fifth-generation decorator of temple deities.

Who says you can’t show students a portrait of Muhammad?

By Mark Silk — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — A multiple-choice quiz to help college administrators navigate religious freedom on campus.

A restored medieval depiction of the Crusades shows how England embraced Islamic culture

By Menachem Wecker — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — Floor tiles from Chertsey Abbey in England, the subject of a new exhibition, resemble Muslim and Byzantine silks that crusaders brought back as souvenirs. 

Exvangelical TikTok worship parodies bring unexpected healing

By Kathryn Post — January 9, 2023
(RNS) — Using troubling quotes from the Bible, Prezleigh and Joshua Colburn write worship parodies under the name 'Trysten & Sayge.'

Witchcraft isn’t scary on stereotype-busting ‘Comfy Cozy Witch Podcast’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 4, 2023
(RNS) — Jennie Blonde says her message of comfort and coziness appears to be resonating not just with other witches, but with all people ‘who want to find a little bit more magick in their everyday.’

15 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2022

By RNS staff — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — 2022's rising stars in religion are loud and proud, and they are calling it as they see it.

Top 10 Mormon news stories of 2022

By Jana Riess — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — From a Joseph Smith photograph to David Archuleta's decision to 'step away' from the church, it's been an eventful year.

Who is at the manger? Nativity sets around the world show each culture’s take on the Christmas story

By Kayla Harris and Neomi De Anda — December 24, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Christmas story is about Jesus coming to mankind. As holiday decorations show, Christians around the world often picture him in their own cultures.

Christmas isn’t always holly jolly – even some of its best-loved songs are bittersweet

By David W. Stowe — December 24, 2022
(The Conversation) — Songs of the season – sacred and secular music alike – sometimes acknowledge that Christmas isn’t all joy.

Some Americans want less Mariah Carey for Christmas

By Bob Smietana — December 22, 2022
(RNS) — A survey from the global marketing firm Ipsos found many Americans think the meaning of the season is lost.
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