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Michael Bublé, Kris Jenner part of $40M investment in Christian meditation app Glorify

By Jessica Mundie — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — An app designed to bring users closer to God has received $40 million of Series A funding supported by a number of prominent celebrity investors.
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For Christian birdwatchers, aka ‘ornitheoligists,’ religion takes flight

By Jessica Mundie — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — For many, the relationship between birds and Christianity does not stray farther than seeing a dove carrying an olive branch on a banner at church. However, for Christian birdwatchers, this link is alive.

Supreme Court won’t hear case involving transgender rights

By Associated Press — November 1, 2021
The high court turned away the case Monday without comment, as is typical. Three conservative justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch — said they would have heard the case.

‘We’re all interconnected’: Pagan, Christian clergy urge interfaith understanding

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — The Rev. Ethan Stark and the Rev. Andy Behrendt hosted “A Pagan and a Pastor: A Necessary Conversation” to address some frequently asked questions about their faiths and misperceptions each tradition has about the other.

‘A burden of beauty’: Five religious artisans on finding inspiration in faith

By Renée Roden — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — Forbidden images, illuminated manuscripts and even maps testify to the creativity humans bring to the project of making the transcendent tangible.

Xinjiang genocide conference aims to up pressure on China

By Associated Press — September 1, 2021
LONDON (AP) — Scholars and lawyers are joining politicians and human rights groups to discuss the Chinese government’s alleged genocide against Uyghurs in the northwest Xinjiang region.

German minister criticizes Vatican stance on gay couples

By Associated Press — August 18, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister has criticized the Roman Catholic Church for its refusal to bless same-sex unions but says his religious faith remains strong.

Mustafa Akyol argues for Islamic reform from within

By Joseph Hammond — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — His new book calls for a revival of rational thought in Islamic theology.

China challenges UN event focused on its Uyghur population

By Joseph Hammond — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — China attempted to arrange a boycott of the United Nations event before ultimately deciding to make a last-minute appearance denying the various charges against its treatment of the country’s Uyghur minority.

New e-course teaches: Copy cats and achieve purrvana

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 25, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I’ve gone looking for wisdom, beauty, and truth wherever it can be found. And this past year I‘ve found myself learning most of all from my cats,’ said author Jon M. Sweeney about his new e-course called ‘The Spirituality of Cats.’

How a podcast is helping this Catholic and gay Latino man break the stigma

By Alejandra Molina — December 18, 2020
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Eder Díaz Santillan hosts the Spanish-language podcast 'De Pueblo, Católico & Gay,' where he openly discusses his identity as a Latino and gay Catholic man.

A preacher with sneakers coming soon to TBN: Steven Furtick to replace Kenneth Copeland, says network

By Alejandra Molina — August 19, 2020
(RNS) — Trinity Broadcasting Network announced Wednesday (Aug. 19) it will no longer air the daily Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries program known as ‘Believer’s Voice of Victory.’

Khyati Y. Joshi argues equal religious freedom in America is an optical illusion

By Yonat Shimron — July 16, 2020
(RNS) — In her new book, she argues Christianity, especially of the white Protestant variety, undergirds the nation’s institutions and practices and establishes a normative baseline from which all other faiths are seen as abnormal.
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