Arts

Counselor Aundi Kolber shares what it looks like to ‘Try Softer’ during a pandemic

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 14, 2020

(RNS) — The Colorado-based counselor’s message that it is OK to ‘try softer’ rather than to try harder — or ‘white-knuckle’ one’s way through life, as she puts it — feels especially relevant in the midst of a pandemic.

How Jesus became white — and why it’s time to cancel that

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 24, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Nearly a century later, both ‘Head of Christ’ and criticism of its role in enshrining Jesus as white endure.

Who is Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling statues of this saint?

By Alejandra Molina — June 20, 2020

(RNS) — In California, statues of Junipero Serra — who led the Catholic Church’s missionary efforts among Native Americans on the West Coast — are coming into question.

Street art depicting Pope Francis highlights homeless struggle in Milan

By Claire Giangravé — June 4, 2020

(RNS) — The artist said his inspiration stemmed from seeing many people in Milan being forced to live on the streets due to the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Potawatomi Christian author Kaitlin Curtice on finding herself and God in new book

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 5, 2020

(RNS) — Curtice wasn’t expecting to release her book amid a pandemic, but she believes the book can speak into this moment in history.

Jen Hatmaker on her new book, the pandemic and why she has no regrets

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 24, 2020

(RNS) — Christian author and speaker Jen Hatmaker spoke to RNS about her latest book, what she learned from her experiences as an outlier in evangelicalism and what is making her feel hopeful during the coronavirus pandemic.

One year after blaze, debates continue to rage on the future of Notre Dame

By Claire Giangravé — April 24, 2020

(RNS) — Architects and restorers in France cannot agree on the style of the renovations, while historians and prelates debate the cathedral’s soul.

Oral history project preserves stories of black Muslim seniors amid pandemic

By Aysha Khan — April 17, 2020

(RNS) — A new oral history initiative aims to train black Muslim youth to document their elderly community members’ stories, before it’s too late.

Mexican American religious life will be preserved in UCLA archive collection

By Alejandra Molina — April 14, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — By acknowledging these nuances of religion, ‘you end up with a much more complex understanding of people,’ said Chon Noriega, director of the Chicano Studies Research Center.

In ‘The Last Emperox,’ John Scalzi delivers a satisfying space opera with a soul

By Bob Smietana — April 13, 2020

(RNS) — In ‘The Last Emperox,’ author John Scalzi mixes action and religion to create a page-turning space opera whose characters try to save the world despite their own flaws.

John Scalzi on messiahs, the apocalypse, coronavirus and religion in science fiction

By Bob Smietana — April 13, 2020

(RNS) — John Scalzi discusses his latest book, why he often writes about religion in his science fiction and examines what it means to be a messiah.

HBO’s ‘McMillions’ offers a surprising tale of true crime and redemption

By Bob Smietana — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — ‘McMillions,’ the hit HBO documentary series, offers true crime with a soul.

A conversation with ‘McMillions’ creators James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte

By Bob Smietana — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — HBO’s ‘McMillions’ is part true crime, part morality tale, with a generous portion of temptation and forgiveness.

In new novel, the story of two grieving fathers highlights an old conflict — and the hope of peace

By Jonathan Harounoff — March 30, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) —  Award-winning author Colum McCann’s anticipated new novel, ‘Apeirogon,’ tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two bereaved fathers born into opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

How two poems about the coronavirus went viral by addressing spiritual needs

By Yonat Shimron — March 27, 2020

(RNS) — Written by two little-known poets, both poems preach slowing down, becoming more mindful, seeking out stillness and finding connection with humankind (without touching).

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