In the US, Hmong ‘new year’ recalls ancestral spirits while teaching traditions to new generations

By Giovanna Dell'orto — November 27, 2023
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The majority of the approximately 300,000 Hmong in the United States are animists and believe that spirits live throughout the physical world.
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Over 100 members of persecuted religious minority held at Turkish border

By Kathryn Post — September 13, 2023
(RNS) — Members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light seeking asylum in the European Union have been detained in Turkey since May.

Young Hindu professionals get a crash course in keeping the faith

By Richa Karmarkar — August 30, 2023
(RNS) — In the heart of Flushing, Queens, a group of young Hindus came together on a recent weekend to discuss the modern implications of ancient sacred texts. 

ACNA Bishop Stewart Ruch will face church trial

By Kathryn Post — August 15, 2023
(RNS) — A 10-person board of inquiry found there was probable cause to present Ruch for trial for violating denominational bylaws.

How India’s religious violence is becoming a problem for American politicians

By Richa Karmarkar — August 9, 2023
(RNS) — US politicians are under increasing pressure to account for their courtship of Indian Prime Minister Modi, the leader of a strategically important ally and the world's largest democracy.

Vivek Ramaswamy and the Christian language of Hinduism

By Richa Karmarkar — July 28, 2023
(RNS) — Like many Republican candidates for president, Vivek Ramaswamy has been outspoken about religion on the campaign trail. But his Hindu faith has caused controversy among some evangelicals who view non-Christian religions with skepticism.

Unitarian Universalism revisits identity, values at 2023 gathering

By Kathryn Post — June 26, 2023
(RNS) — Intense discussions at this year’s General Assembly took place as the UUA navigates how to continue implementing its commitment to anti-racism.

What Greek mythology teaches us about women’s resistance and rebellion

By Marie-Claire Beaulieu — May 26, 2023
(The Conversation) — Female characters in Greek mythology lived under strict patriarchal rules, but they spoke truth to power and resisted injustice.

‘Is this when we disappear?’ Rapture triggers haunt the Left Behind generation

By Kathryn Post — April 17, 2023
(RNS) — For some, fear-saturated stories about the rapture can generate lifelong panic, paranoia and anxiety.

How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism

By Yonat Shimron — January 24, 2023
(RNS) — Part memoir, part history of Southern California’s formative role in the rise of the religious right, Bradley Onishi's new book traces his growing estrangement from the faith he once zealously championed.

Conference on religious trauma aims to equip survivors for recovery

By Kathryn Post — January 12, 2023
(RNS) — ‘We wanted to create the resource we wish we would have had,’ conference founder Kara Erickson said.

15 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2022

By RNS staff — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — 2022's rising stars in religion are loud and proud, and they are calling it as they see it.

Over 1,000 faith leaders call for Christmas cease-fire in Ukraine

By Kathryn Post — December 20, 2022
(RNS) — The signers are advocating for a cease-fire to happen from Dec. 24 through Jan. 19, which is the 12th day of Christmas in the Orthodox calendar.
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