Culture

With Junipero Serra banished, California’s Indigenous activists and artists ask what goes in his place

By Alejandra Molina — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — As government officials look into what to do with empty memorials, Indigenous leaders are hoping the state’s authorities will devote them to ‘spaces of healing and truth telling.’

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Meet the new Justin Bieber: Popstar, husband, holy hugger

By Jillian Cheney — September 29, 2020

(Religion Unplugged) — ‘Holy’, his new tune with Chance the Rapper, is a more mature effort than Bieber’s previous spiritually inspired songs.

The fall of Falwell: A timeline of the ups, downs and scandals of his Liberty University presidency

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — August 25, 2020

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation is but the resolution of years of smaller scandals. Here’s a look back at the controversies chronicling the rise and fall of his career as president of Liberty University.

Abortion over immigration: Trump’s pro-life policies remain paramount for many Latino Catholics

By Alejandra Molina — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — Though fewer than a quarter of Latino Catholics voted for Trump in 2016, the Pew Research Center found that one-third of them backs him now. 

For $5,500, you can have your body composted in Washington for an environmentally friendly burial

By Alejandra Molina — August 21, 2020

(RNS) — The Washington state-based company Recompose is behind the human composting process, and on Tuesday (Aug. 18), it opened its prepayment option for people who would like to begin making those arrangements for themselves or loved ones.

Yogi Bhajan, yoga guru and founder of 3HO, ‘more likely than not’ sexually abused followers, says report

By Philip Deslippe, Stacie Stukin — August 18, 2020

(RNS) — The report details a range of alleged abuses against women and female minors that include rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Bhajan is best known for introducing Kundalini Yoga to the West and formed a worldwide community of 3HO ashrams.

How a quarantine matchmaking project for Muslims found itself navigating anti-Blackness

By Aysha Khan — August 10, 2020

(RNS) — Through Eye Meets Soul, a virtual blind matchmaking experience for Muslim millennials, founders hoped personal appearance, race and ethnicity would fade into the background. Easier said than done.

Harvest Crusade, a staple event at Angel Stadium, is morphing into a cinematic experience

By Alejandra Molina — August 3, 2020

(RNS) — Instead of the in-person stadium event, Harvest ministries will stream a cinematic crusade titled ’A Rush of Hope,‘ a film that will be released on Labor Day weekend.

Alabama Southern Baptist pastor resigns after speaking at party for a KKK leader

By Yonat Shimron — July 30, 2020

(RNS) — Will Dismukes, who is also a Republican state representative, resigned from his church after offering an invocation at a birthday party honoring a Confederate general who was also the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Intergenerational reading group draws on legacy of Timbuktu to ‘rebuild a Black consciousness’

By Aysha Khan — July 27, 2020

(RNS) – ‘It’s imperative for us to start to rebuild libraries in our own homes and our schools so they are reflective of all our intellect and history,’ said educator Zakiyyah Ali, who founded the initiative.

Rep. Ted Yoho resigns from Bread for the World board after verbally attacking Ocasio-Cortez

By Alejandra Molina — July 25, 2020

(RNS) — ‘We believe that Rep. Ted Yoho’s recent actions and words as reported in the media are not reflective of the ethical standards expected of members of our Board of Directors,’ Bread for the World’s statement reads.

In Portland, this rabbi leads the clergy resistance

By Yonat Shimron — July 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, lead by Rabbi Ariel Stone, has been downtown since the protests began 55 days ago, supporting the people on the street and providing a daily witness.

In emerging role, chaplains are providing spiritual care for activists in movements across the nation

By Alejandra Molina — July 23, 2020

(RNS) — Movement chaplains are providing spiritual and emotional care to activists before, during and after a protest or demonstration.

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