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New dating apps — and ‘in person’ mixers — target religious and political niches

By Kathryn Post — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — Two new niche dating sites are hitting the market, promising that shared values are key to long-lasting relationships.
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As the religiously unaffiliated rise, a new atheist podcast network launches in Los Angeles

By Alejandra Molina — September 19, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A new podcast platform hopes to tap into a rapidly expanding audience of young, secular millennials.

New museum exhibit seeks to show Samaritans are more than a biblical parable

By Menachem Wecker — September 19, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'The Samaritans: A Biblical People,' opened Sept. 16 at the Museum of the Bible and includes artifacts spanning from the second century before the Common Era to contemporary paintings made in the past couple of years.

You must watch Ken Burns’ PBS series on America and the Holocaust

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 19, 2022
(RNS) — This documentary about the Holocaust was made for our times. To understand the darker elements of America, it is required viewing.

Pushed online in pandemic, women of color find safe spaces for faith and healing

By Kathryn Post — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There’s really no space in the nonprofit world, racial justice world or the ministry world that is just for women of color.’

The most recognizable work at the Whitney Museum’s new modernism exhibit may be a tarot deck

By Heather Greene — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Artist Pamela Colman-Smith dismissed it as ‘a big job for very little cash.’ Now the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck is her legacy — and has brought her renewed recognition.

In ‘Learning Our Names,’ Asian American Christian authors reclaim their stories

By Kathryn Post — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There’s a hyper visibility at times when you’re seen as a foreigner, and then there’s an invisibility when our stories aren’t acknowledged.’

‘Honk for Jesus’ provides an uncomfortable reflection of the Black church

By Candice Marie Benbow — September 4, 2022
(RNS) — Throughout the film and especially in the final scene, today’s Black church sees itself in all of its conflicting glory.

You’ve seen ‘The Rings of Power,’ but have you heard of this tiny museum housing J.R.R. Tolkien’s treasures?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — The collection of letters and books has grown to become the Marion E. Wade Center, one of the foremost research centers not only on Lewis, but also Tolkien and five other British Christian authors who had influenced Lewis’ work.

Psychedelic salon looks to the possibility of sacred healing

By Kathryn Post — August 29, 2022
(RNS) — Against a backdrop of incense and multicolored lights, speakers shared how their lives had been transformed by plant medicine.

‘Tammy Faye’ is now an Elton John musical, to premiere in London this fall

By Kathryn Post — August 23, 2022
(RNS) — The show about the evangelical icon will open at north London’s Almeida Theatre in October.

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
(RNS) — This was not only an attack on an author. It was an attack on culture and civilization itself.
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