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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.

First known depictions of biblical heroines Jael and Deborah uncovered in Israel

By Kathryn Post — July 13, 2022
(RNS) — A rendering of one figure driving a peg through the head of another initially led the team to identify the figures.

500-year-old icon looted from divided Cyprus repatriated

By Associated Press — July 12, 2022
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus Church has for decades been trying to track down numerous religious artifacts stolen from hundreds of abandoned churches and monasteries in the north and sold abroad.

Ex-Scientologist Mike Rinder has memoir out in September

By Associated Press — July 12, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — He has previously alleged that while a Scientologist he was subjected to repeated physical abuse, an allegation the church has denied.

In ‘Ms. Marvel’, Muslim fans see a reflection of their lives

By Deepa Bharath and Mariam Fam — July 12, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The show touches on issues from surveilling mosques to what wearing head scarves means for some.

‘Hello, Bookstore’ shows why we need community

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 8, 2022
(RNS) — It is not about shopping, or even about reading. It is about having your soul touched.
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