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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.
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Believers and doers: A faith-focused approach to social innovation

By L. Gregory Jones — February 6, 2023
(RNS) — We need to forge collaborations among faith-based organizations and entrepreneurs in order to achieve the social impact we’re seeking.

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?

Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion

By Michael Casey — February 6, 2023
HILDALE, Utah (AP) — “In every major city in the United States, every weekend, there’s multiple ayahuasca ceremonies,” said a lawyer who specializes in psychedelic law.

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The three Christian leaders spoke on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference Sunday.

Pope accuses critics of exploiting Pope Benedict XVI’s death

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis accused some of his critics Sunday of taking advantage of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s death.

Spiritual advisers offering final comfort in execution rooms

By Jim Salter — February 6, 2023
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling last March requires states to allow spiritual advisers to join condemned inmates in their final moments.

New effort surveys Sikh students about bullying and school climate in the US

By Alejandra Molina — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'There is a gap between the lived experiences of Sikh kids and what teachers, administrators and policymakers understand,' said Rucha Kaur, community development director for the Sikh Coalition.

Church of England submits blessings for same-sex couples to fierce debate in Synod

By Catherine Pepinster — February 3, 2023
LONDON (RNS) — The bishops have displeased both conservatives and progressives in the church with a proposal to bless civil unions between same-sex partners.

Is ‘Jewish supremacy’ translating into anti-Christian violence in Jerusalem?

By Daoud Kuttab — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is a political one; it must stay as such.

Outrage over far-right Israeli government has American Jewish leaders stewing

By Yonat Shimron — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — One New York rabbi has forsworn the Prayer for the State of Israel in the Saturday liturgy. Many others have protested through letters and petitions.

Buying Starbucks with gold? A Halal investing app is making it possible.

By Kathryn Post — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — Wahed, an Islamic fintech company launched in 2017, now offers brick-and-mortar banks and gold-backed debit cards.

Why right-wing populism should worry us all

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — Religion can make you better, or it can make you worse. A podcast on white evangelical populism in America.
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