Talking back to Scripture: New book confronts sexual exploitation in the Bible

By Kathryn Post — October 26, 2023
(RNS) — In 'The Hero and the Whore,' Camille Hernandez throws out tired, cliché and white-centric takes on Scripture.
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LGBTQ group condemns Point Loma Nazarene University for theology dean’s dismissal

By Alejandra Molina — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — The university denies charges by Lauren Cazares, founder of Loma LGBTQIA+ Alumni & Allies Coalition, that the dean of the school of theology was terminated for 'anything related to the LGBTQIA+ community.'

California senator announces bill to protect religious practices of incarcerated individuals

By Alejandra Molina — February 6, 2023
(RNS) — Backers of the bill say that allowing religious detainees and prisoners to wear religious garb does not constitute 'coddling' them.

Is cultured meat the kosher way to go?

By Mark Silk — February 6, 2023
And if we have cultured beef, is the real thing eco-kosher?

Reconstructionist Jews call for reparations, embark on racial justice pilgrimages

By Yonat Shimron — January 31, 2023
(RNS) — The denominational resolution calls for a ‘deep reflection on the ways in which we have participated in or benefitted from racial injustices in our communities.’

Benedict XVI’s quiet exit at odds with his lasting imprint on the pontificate

By Claire Giangravé — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — Many tourists and Roman citizens didn’t know the retired pope had died, despite the massive impact that his life had on the Catholic Church and the popes.

Many people lie about their resume. Why George Santos’ case is different.

By Beth Kissileff — January 9, 2023
(RNS) — Does the rationale for a lie hold up when it comes to politicians, in particular, George Santos, the congressman-elect from New York who is facing scrutiny for fabricating much of his resume?

Psychedelic chaplains: In clinical trials, a new form of spiritual guide emerges

By Kathryn Post — December 13, 2022
(RNS) — Spiritual care practitioners are being trained to support patients undergoing psychedelic therapy in clinical trials and decriminalized settings.

US leaders gather to discuss rights of nonreligious people across the world

By Alejandra Molina — December 9, 2022
(RNS) — 'Discrimination against the non-religious is often caused, not by a desire to hurt atheists, but by the desire to help one or more religions,' according to a new report by Humanists International.

Antisemitism isn’t just ‘Jew-hatred’ – it’s anti-Jewish racism

By Dov Waxman — December 7, 2022
(The Conversation) — Combatting antisemitism isn’t just about ‘calling it out’ – it’s about helping people understand what antisemitism is in the first place.

HBO’s ‘Unveiled: Surviving La Luz Del Mundo’ centers victims in ‘cult’ sex abuse scandal

By Alejandra Molina — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — The new three-part series delves into the history and growth of La Luz del Mundo and focuses on the former members coping with the trauma of the church.

Across the US, Native Americans are fighting to preserve sacred land

By Alejandra Molina and Emily McFarlan Miller — November 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It’s important that we unify, and we work together, and share the teachings to protect our sacred areas because once God, once our sacred and holy places are gone, we will no longer exist. Our religion will be gone forever,’ said one Native American activist.

Ken Burns’ documentary busts myth that Americans didn’t know about Nazi atrocities

By Yonat Shimron — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — The series, which debuts Sunday (Sept. 18), shows Americans heard on the radio and read in the newspapers about Nazis' rising hostility to Jews, culminating in the Final Solution.
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