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No, Jewish characters do not require Jewish actors

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 3, 2021
(RNS) — The problem of gentiles playing Jews? Is this really a thing?

Jeff Chu on the daunting charge to finish Rachel Held Evans’ final book

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 2, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The crucial thing to remember is that with God, death is never the end of the story,’ Rachel Held Evans wrote in her final book for adults.

We used to look to the church for truth. It’s no match for Donald Trump’s TRUTH.

By Phyllis Zagano — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — Religious organizations once cornered the market on the platforms where people discussed what mattered in their lives.

God, tattoos and empathy: The art of healing from trauma

By Silma Suba — October 28, 2021
(Interfaith America) — Hundreds of people from around the world find their way to David Allen's tattoo studio every year, especially those who are counting on Allen to help them feel whole.

New ‘Dune’ movie gives us a messiah for uncertain times

By Jillian Cheney — October 27, 2021
(RNS) — Legions of fans of Frank Herbert’s mystical 1965 sci-fi novel have been waiting for someone to get the screen version right. The HBO Max adaptation goes a long way, with a few nods to modern sensibilities.

Halaloween brings Muslim horror films to your computer screen

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 25, 2021
(RNS) — The films aren't just spooky; they also offer a glimpse into a number of social, religious and cultural issues facing Muslim societies all over the world.

Still brothers: Making sense of the Malcolm and Ali split

By Omar Suleiman — October 21, 2021
(RNS) — We are as fascinated with these two friends’ legacies as we were captivated by them in life.

France returns marble angels stolen from Italy church in ’89

By Associated Press — October 19, 2021
Italy’s art police said Tuesday that the angels, decorated with strategically placed vine of leaves and fruit, had been stolen from the St. Sebastian church in Guardia Sanframondi, northeast of Naples, on Dec. 13, 1989.

‘Dune’ novels draw on Islamic motifs and have in turn inspired Muslim artists

By Joseph Hammond — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — The original series of 'Dune' novels is heavily influenced by ecology and sociology — as well as imagery from the Islamic world and the Middle East.

A Jewish case for not liking ‘The Sopranos’

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — When it comes to media stereotypes, how did we let this one have a free pass?

Christian writer Danté Stewart seeks revelation in Black experience

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — 'Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle' weaves together the stories of Black lives and Black literature with the stories of the Bible.

What Ted Lasso could teach clergy

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — A popular series contains hidden wisdom for those of us who work for God.

Some call twerking obscene. Lizzo, in TED Talk, calls it ‘sacred’

By Kathryn Post — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — 'Twerking is a deep, soulful, spiritual practice,' said the singer and rapper.

Families of different faiths swap houses, lives in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — In the unscripted TV series, 16 families from different religious, racial and economic backgrounds or sexual orientations trade homes for a week.

‘Hey, isn’t that — ?’ Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn goes incognito in worship band

By John Longhurst — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — 'They needed a guitar player, so they were foolish enough to ask me,' said the man with 35 folk-rock albums to his name.
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