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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.
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‘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.'

So you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding? Five pieces of advice from the pros

By Renée Roden — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — Chances are increasingly likely if you attend the wedding of a couple under 30 years old, their officiant won’t be a person of the cloth but someone who’s close to the couple.

‘The last time we had a communication shift this drastic was the printing press’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'In 2020, in a global pandemic, seemed like a great time to start a church with no budget and no building,' said Baker with a laugh.

Lonely no more: Questioning Christians find belonging on TikTok

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Deconstructing the faith of one's childhood can be a lonely undertaking. For many of these church exiles, TikTok has filled the gap.

Krista Tippett on why it’s past time to ‘humanize digital spaces’

By Whitney Bauck — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — The host of ‘On Being’ makes a case for embracing new forms of digitally mediated spiritual practice.

Mary, mother of Jesus, returns as an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors

By Whitney Bauck — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — She’s showing up on everything from guitar gear to luxury coats — and people of all backgrounds are flocking to her.
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