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Alternative Faiths

Satanic Temple follows ‘Judeo-Christian’ group’s SCOTUS win with flag request

By Heather Greene — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The Satanic Temple's aim is to test whether the city's court-ordered acceptance of flags from religious groups includes a commitment to plurality. 
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The climate crisis is increasingly a refugee crisis, faith resettlement groups say

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — For more than 80 years, LIRS has helped resettle refugees — increasingly those refugees have been displaced due to climate disasters.

Weezer’s spiritual quartet of albums kicks off with beloved pagan chant

By Heather Greene — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — Weezer also plans to inject a distinct spiritual flavor into each EP and a broader religious narrative into the entire series.

Sacred hares, banished winter witches and pagan worship – the roots of Easter Bunny traditions are ancient

By Tok Thompson — April 14, 2022
(The Conversation) — A folklorist explains the prehistoric origins of the mythical Easter Bunny and why this longstanding cultural symbol keeps returning each spring.

‘We expect to win.’ Ayahuasca churches vow to remain as court case largely dismissed.

By Alejandra Molina — April 8, 2022
(RNS) — 'The DEA is attempting to close off all avenues for us to practice or engage in our spiritual practice,' said Scott Stanley, founder of the Arizona Yagé Assembly.

Baseball, like religion, can teach us something about enchantment

By Jacob Lupfer — April 6, 2022
(RNS) — As MLB’s delayed season begins, we're reminded that truth, beauty and enchantment matter.

Skateboarding’s spiritual side — skaters find meaning in falls and breaking the monotony of urban life

By Terry Shoemaker — March 7, 2022
(The Conversation) — The ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ are embracing different forms of spirituality – skateboarding may be one of them.

How Stormy Daniels was forced to defend herself at lawyer’s trial

By Heather Greene — February 28, 2022
(RNS) — Daniels, who was once paid to keep silent about her relationship with Donald Trump, was a key witness for the prosecution of her former lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

Pagans and witches offer prayers for peace in Ukraine

By Heather Greene — February 25, 2022
(RNS) — Concerned for the people of Ukraine, pagans offered prayers and energy work for peace.

As spiritualism’s popularity grows, photographer Shannon Taggart takes viewers inside the world of séances, mediums and orbs

By Beth Saunders — January 27, 2022
(The Conversation) — Alternative beliefs like spiritualism seem to experience resurgences in times of crisis. Taggart has spent the past 20 years exploring the oft-misunderstood religion.

Stormy Daniels’ religious beliefs under scrutiny as federal trial against Avenatti begins

By Heather Greene — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — 'Let me get this straight,' the porn-star-turned-paranormal-investigator said on Facebook. 'They are going to use my religious (beliefs) and profession to discriminate against me.'

Omicron is taking a toll on pagans, who depend on conferences for community

By Heather Greene — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — The pandemic has also threatened the financial viability of conferences and festivals.

House of Intuition founders want you to tap into your ‘inner magic’

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In 'Your Intuition Led You Here,' Alex Naranjo and Marlene Vargas advise readers on how to find their own inner magic.
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