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‘You put the baby in the manger?’: New podcast looks at sacred and profane in the Gospels

By Bob Smietana — December 7, 2022
(RNS) — A ‘biblical backstager,’ the new audio drama ‘Almelem’ features ‘a small group of con artists and true disciples fumbling toward the greatest story ever told.’
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HBO’s ‘Unveiled: Surviving La Luz Del Mundo’ centers victims in ‘cult’ sex abuse scandal

By Alejandra Molina — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — The new three-part series delves into the history and growth of La Luz del Mundo and focuses on the former members coping with the trauma of the church.

Faith in the spotlight on Kennedy Center red carpet and stage at annual Honors gala

By Adelle M. Banks — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — Singer Ellie Holcomb said Amy Grant taught her to be a ‘there you are person’ rather than a ‘here I am person.’

Amy Grant, ‘queen of Christian pop,’ feted at Kennedy Center Honors

By Adelle M. Banks — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There was only one person who could really fulfill that requirement, and that was Amy,’ Kennedy Center's board chair, in an interview, said of ‘long overdue’ recognition.

‘Everyone gets their love story’: How Christmas rom-coms have taken over the season

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — December 2, 2022
(RNS) — Move over, Hallmark. Other channels and streaming services are premiering holiday originals, too, hoping to capture the magic of the Christmas rom-com for their audiences.

In Philadelphia, artwork brings Catholic Church’s synod to life

By Kyle Desrosiers    — November 30, 2022
(RNS) — Artwork reflecting the thoughts of young Catholics in Philadelphia pointed up the contentious issues swirling as the continental phase of the Synod on Synodality begins.

Spielberg tells his — and Hollywood’s — Jewish story

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 30, 2022
(RNS) — Understanding his new film as a history of Jews and the entertainment business.

‘The Chosen’ triggers Hollywood upset

By Kathryn Post — November 22, 2022
(RNS) — Creators of the show, which hit No. 3 at the box office, also announced a new nonprofit to support production and marketing.

How the Museum of the Bible produces a white evangelical Bible

By Yonat Shimron — November 21, 2022
(RNS) — The book, 'Does Scripture Speak for Itself?' argues that the Washington, D.C., institution produces a benevolent white evangelical Bible that resists critique.

In ‘Stealing My Religion,’ Liz Bucar takes on murky forms of appropriation

By Kathryn Post — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Bucar invites readers to 'interrogate the stance that we are entitled to take religious practices from others for our own needs.'

Black museum religion exhibit features Little Richard’s Bible, Rev. Ike’s suit

By Adelle M. Banks — November 18, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The first special exhibition to focus specifically on religion since the museum opened includes photos and artifacts accompanied by quotations of famous African Americans.

How Chappelle’s antisemitic ‘SNL’ bit betrays Black liberation

By Andre Henry — November 17, 2022
(RNS) — The comedian never misses an opportunity to minimize the abuse of oppressed people not his own. 

New memoir unpacks what Mormon girls are taught about marriage

By Jana Riess — November 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'I needed to learn that I get to decide what my life looks life,' says Rachel Rueckert, author of the new memoir 'East Winds.'
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