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10 nonfiction books (and one novel) to keep Women’s History Month going all year

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 1, 2021
(RNS) — Here are 10 new nonfiction books, both forthcoming and released in the last year, that explore women's roles and influence in Christian traditions — plus, one bonus work of fiction.

After being detained in China, one LA resident began a Uyghur restaurant to educate through food

By Joseph Hammond — March 25, 2021
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (RNS) — A large mural depicting Uyghur culture sits above an outside dining area with the ready-made social-media hashtag #GoogleUyghurs in one corner.

Progressive Christian author Jen Hatmaker cancels cancel culture in new book ‘Simple & Free’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — 'Simple & Free: 7 Experiments Against Excess' releases March 23, and Hatmaker hopes it will not only show how she has changed, but also free readers to do the same.

Bieber samples King’s sermons, supports Poor People’s Campaign with new album ‘Justice’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — Some songs — like the album's first single 'Holy,' a collaboration with Chance the Rapper — toe the line of songs with lyrics that might be about loving God or might be about loving a girl.

Insta-Famous: Nadirah Pierre’s satire draws on the Black Muslim experience

By Joseph Hammond — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — Relationships, marriage, body positivism, hijab — they're all fair game for the Haitian American's outspoken style and bold videos.

Riz Ahmed first Muslim nominated for Best Actor Oscar

By Joseph Hammond — March 15, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Ahmed’s nomination comes for his turn in 'Sound of Metal' as a drummer in a heavy-metal duo who grapples with increased hearing loss.

‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’: Jewish artist Alicia Jo Rabins turns financial crisis into spiritual film

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — The one-women show turned film has been described as a 'mystical meta-musical about the biggest financial fraud in history.'

Pope’s wind-whipped mantle drives Vatican tailors to consider Velcro

By Claire Giangravé — March 10, 2021
(RNS) — On his history-making trip to Iraq, Pope Francis often played second fiddle to the gyrations of his cape.

Why Oak Flat in Arizona is a sacred space for the Apache and other Native Americans

By Alejandra Molina, Emily McFarlan Miller — March 5, 2021
SUPERIOR, Ariz. (RNS) — The Apache believe Oak Flat is a 'blessed place' where Ga’an — guardians or messengers between the people and Usen, Creator God — dwell. The site is at risk of being turned over to an Australian mining company.

‘The Witch of Kings Cross’ finds the woman behind the scandal

By Antonio Pagliarulo — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Norton is a figure who may offer a few lessons for society today, when radical personalities and movements abound.

MPAC Hollywood Awards to feature ‘The Mauritanian’

By Joseph Hammond — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — 'The Mauritanian' is based on the true story of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who spent 14 years in the prison facility before his release.

On late-night TV and bestseller lists, new books on prayer resonating with readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — After a tumultuous year, several new books about prayer from popular Christian authors seem to be speaking to the moment.

How New York’s 19th-century Jews turned Purim into an American party

By Zev Eleff — February 24, 2021
(The Conversation) — Purim put a social spotlight on New York’s Jews and their up-and-coming relationship to the city’s most elite class.

VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer calls evangelicalism a ‘hot mess.’ He hasn’t given up hope.

By Bob Smietana — February 24, 2021
(RNS) — For nearly three decades, the VeggieTales creator has been making people laugh while telling them about Jesus. Now, spurred by his faith, he has been attending to the recent struggles of American evangelicals.

Does NBC have a Jewish problem?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 24, 2021
(RNS) — Anti-Semitism. On your television screen.
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