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California legalizes human composting bill against opposition by Catholic bishops

By Alejandra Molina — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — California is now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show 'respect for the body of the deceased.'
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Jehovah’s Witnesses to return to door knocking, a sign of new COVID-19 stage

By Adelle M. Banks — August 22, 2022
(RNS) — Door knocking has not only been a physical mainstay for Jehovah’s Witnesses but an ideal they have fought for in courtrooms.

Marking its centennial, Hymn Society continues push for more diverse music

By Adelle M. Banks — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — Members danced and sang to a global selection of hymns and grappled with the power of song to change the world.

As monkeypox spreads, global organizations mobilize faith networks to fight stigma

By Adelle M. Banks — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There is no shame in having any disease’ is the mantra of Religions for Peace after dealing with past health crises, says its secretary-general.

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church elects second woman and African bishops

By Adelle M. Banks — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — Despite temperature checks and other measures attempting to keep the gathering free of COVID-19 free, some attendees tested positive during the General Conference.

‘Blessing of Elders’ lauds 7 Black Christian luminaries at Museum of the Bible gala

By Adelle M. Banks — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I believe the 21st century will see the Black church lead the way to hope and healing in a deeply divided nation,’ said the Rev. A.R. Bernard.

Church of God in Christ congregations given $100,000 by pandemic support campaign

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Surprisingly, the generosity has not stopped and churches continued to give,’ said organizer Justin Giboney.

Preservationists seek to acquire beloved Hollywood home to cloistered nuns

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Over the years, the Monastery of the Angels community has been dwindling as the nuns age and after some died from COVID-19 and other causes, making it difficult to sustain the monastery’s ‘democratic way of life.’

What I learned when I got COVID

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — This is what ‘positive thinking’ can get you. In the midst of it all, COVID-19 became my rabbi.

Faith on the ground in Buffalo: Voice Buffalo executive director Denise Walden

By Adelle M. Banks — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘They are some of the matriarchs and the pillars of our community,’ Buffalo minister says of residents killed in attack.

Measuring COVID-19’s effect: Southern Baptists report 19% attendance drop

By Adelle M. Banks — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — Beyond a rise in baptisms, the only other growth Southern Baptists saw in 2021 was in financial giving.

A new novel explores a post-pandemic religious world — in the 14th century

By Jana Riess — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Peter Manseau’s latest book examines the Black Death for clues to our cultural moment.

Religious groups are ‘making a joyful noise’ with outdoor instruments

By Adelle M. Banks — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We wanted to make a pretty area that would enhance the chapel but be fun for the children,’ said a leader of a Texas church.
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