(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.
(RNS) — The effort seeks to humanize and honor the people who have died. It’s part of a marathon reading of names with songs and prayers interspersed.
(RNS) — The 69-year-old retired carpenter from Aurora, Illinois, crisscrossed the country to erect his wooden memorials near the sites of massacres, big and small.
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Her fascination with death is part of a growing movement whose adherents believe in wresting control of death from the funeral industry and breaking the silence around death through frank discussions.
(AP) — Designs for a memorial to nine black worshippers slain at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, began not at a drafting table, but with discussions with grieving family members about how best to honor those lost in the racist attack. The result will be less of a solemn monument and more of a heavenly embrace to those visiting the historic Charleston church.
(The Conversation) — The ethics of self-inflicted death have historically been an important area of reflection for the world’s religions.
(The Conversation) — The Christian belief in hell has developed over the centuries, influenced by both Jewish and Greek ideas of the afterlife.
(RNS) — ‘I suppose if there is anything I could say I reject, it is the idea that God’s love and acceptance is dependent on our right belief. I no longer see how that could be possible,’ said Audrey Assad.
(RNS) — ‘If someone found cancer to be a gift, wonderful. But there is a certain cruelty to asking suffering people to bear the weight of other people’s theological conundrums,’ Christian historian Kate Bowler tells RNS’ Jonathan Merritt. (Commentary)
Caleb Wilde says many churches teach that “death, and our mortality, is at heart both shameful and has little to no redeeming value.”
How exactly can someone do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly while carrying a deadly assault rifle? asks David Gringor in a commentary.
The 84-year-old best-selling author says he has penned his last book. Here’s why he’s hanging it up.
(RNS) Why should we stand in their way?