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Alternative Faiths

Haiti’s diverse faiths bolster it against waves of tragedy

By Eric J. Lyman — October 6, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The most important thing in a disaster can be human contact,’ said the Rev. Clement Joseph, head of the state-founded Social Mission of the Haitian Churches and secretary-general for Religions for Peace-Haiti.  
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‘We’re all interconnected’: Pagan, Christian clergy urge interfaith understanding

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — The Rev. Ethan Stark and the Rev. Andy Behrendt hosted “A Pagan and a Pastor: A Necessary Conversation” to address some frequently asked questions about their faiths and misperceptions each tradition has about the other.

Russia declares groups linked to Church of Scientology as ‘undesirable’

By Alejandra Molina — September 27, 2021
(RNS) — The Prosecutor General’s Office on Friday (Sept. 24) said the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and the Church of Spiritual Technology "pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation.”

Former US presidents, religious leaders launch organization to aid Afghan evacuees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States after fleeing the Taliban.

Harvard’s ‘atheist chaplain’ is no contradiction. It’s a chance to grow as a nation.

By Mary Ellen Giess — September 2, 2021
(RNS) — The school’s new president of chaplains lives up to the promise of American pluralism.

Indigenous communities in Louisiana’s Delta overwhelmed by damage from Ida

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Monique Verdin, a member of the United Houma Nation, is afraid Louisiana’s Indigenous communities will be forgotten as faith-based disaster relief groups and other aid streams to New Orleans.

‘I kept putting God in too small of a box’: Five clergy on their unexpected callings

By Renée Roden — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — For some, following a call to minister has meant going to the margins.

In the beginning, there was reggae

By Andre Henry — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — Reggae music encapsulates the prophetic spirituality I looked to embody when I was an evangelical Christian but could never find.

Namaste nationalism: Yoga, whiteness and extremism on Jan. 6

By Dheepa Sundaram — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — Liberal v. conservative divisions are a flawed way to understand what happened at the Capitol.

Study: Gen Z doubles down on spirituality, combining tarot and traditional faith

By Heather Greene — August 11, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Crystals are like ‘saints’ for young people and spirituals,’ wrote a survey respondent. ‘Sometimes you just need something or someone that is rooted in courage.’

Couple charged in kids’ deaths face potential death penalty

By Rebecca Boone — August 6, 2021
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the Idaho indictments, prosecutors said the Daybells promoted their apocalyptical religious beliefs in order to justify the killings.

After award win, Christian romance novel draws criticism for ‘romanticized genocide’ of Native Americans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — 'At Love's Command,' this year’s winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Vivian Award for best romance with religious or spiritual elements, has stirred controversy.

The untidiness of Marie Kondo’s eclectic spirituality

By Kaitlyn Ugoretz — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — Kondo describes aspects of her spiritual brand as inspired by Shinto, but the ideal KonMari lifestyle is presented as one in which we adopt and adapt whatever practices 'feel right.'
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