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How a witch is using her grandmother’s Slavic magic to aid Ukraine’s war effort

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Madame Pamita's new book 'Baba Yaga's Book of Witchcraft' was released just after Russia's invasion of Ukraine — 'exactly at the time that it was so needed,' she said.
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‘My Body Is Not a Prayer Request’ imagines a disability-centered church

By Kathryn Post — May 12, 2022
(RNS ) — ‘My body, too, is made in the image of the Divine and its crookedness isn’t anything to be ashamed of.’

The Pulitzer winner is also the most compelling Jewish novel of the past year

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — It just won the Pulitzer for fiction. It is either a tour de force, or a tour de farce. You decide.

A new novel explores a post-pandemic religious world — in the 14th century

By Jana Riess — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Peter Manseau’s latest book examines the Black Death for clues to our cultural moment.

A tuition-free Jesuit school comes with lifelong investment

By Kathryn Post — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — The middle school employs Jesuit values as it supports students from underserved communities from ‘fourth grade through a lifetime.’

Is Paul Simon Jewish? Or ‘Jew-ish’?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — You can take the boy out of Queens. Can you take Queens out of the boy?

God is a mother, too, writes children’s book author Teresa Kim Pecinovsky

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The author spoke to Religion News Service about why it’s important for people of all ages to see God as a mother and how the story of Hagar and Ishmael resonates for her.

In ‘Search,’ a church committee plots over Fiesta Chicken and cookies

By Bob Smietana — May 5, 2022
(RNS) — A new book from a food writer and former seminarian turned novelist takes a look at the human side of religion through the adventures of a pastoral search committee.

Like that new church worship song? Chances are, it will be gone soon.

By Bob Smietana — May 2, 2022
(RNS) — A new study found that the lifespan of a hit worship song has declined dramatically in recent years.

All-female ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ album bolsters show’s groundbreaking legacy

By Kathryn Post — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — Men have always dominated the rock opera's musical score — until now.

In WWII, Japanese Americans’ faith came under suspicion and helped them survive their incarceration

By Alejandra Molina — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — The new 'Sutra and Bible' exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles explores the role of religion in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Faithful Mormons won’t be happy with Hulu’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

By Jana Riess — April 25, 2022
(RNS) — Despite excellent performances and production values, Hulu's 'Banner' left me with the same wary bewilderment I felt after reading Jon Krakauer’s book.

Religion is central in film depicting last abortion clinic along Texas’ southern border

By Alejandra Molina — April 20, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Religion does really play a big role in this and we can’t just overlook it,’ said one of the film’s directors.
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