Alternative Faiths

Magic Resistance: Michael M. Hughes reflects on four years of witches casting spells to ‘bind’ Trump

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 3, 2020

(RNS) — ‘No matter what magic that people do, the real magic is when you walk into the voting booth and change the course of America,’ said Michael M. Hughes, author of ‘Magic for the Resistance.’

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How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of ‘good vs. evil’

By Paul Thomas — October 20, 2020

(The Conversation) — QAnon’s conspiracy rhetoric goes beyond the level of ‘us versus them’ to a matter of cosmic good versus monstrous evil.

‘Reluctant cultist’ survives an end times cult turned pet rescue group to find his own faith

By Bob Smietana — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The journey of a ‘cult orphan’ from an apocalyptic sect to the LDS church shows how people can get lost when we try to change the world.

Did RBG beat Trump in cosmic court?

By Tara Isabella Burton — October 4, 2020

(RNS) — As social justice takes on the character of a religion proper, it requires demigods like Ginsburg. It’s a valorization that threatens to rob her, and us, of her humanity.

In Oregon, churches and anti-fascists unite to provide mutual aid to fire evacuees and others in need

By Alejandra Molina — September 22, 2020

(RNS) — Mutual aid groups are partnering with churches to set up donation drives and tent distribution centers with hygiene kits, school supplies, clothing and food.

Will Tammy Duckworth be the first deist veep since Thomas Jefferson?

By Steven Waldman — August 5, 2020

(RNS) — If the Illinois senator becomes a national candidate it’s likely the Founding Father’s faith tradition will come to be as controversial as it was in the 19th century.

In emerging role, chaplains are providing spiritual care for activists in movements across the nation

By Alejandra Molina — July 23, 2020

(RNS) — Movement chaplains are providing spiritual and emotional care to activists before, during and after a protest or demonstration.

Don’t be fooled by QAnon’s post-apocalyptic fury. It’s really spiritual hunger.

By Tara Isabella Burton — July 21, 2020

(RNS) — Followers of the online Q and white supremacism yearn for a world in which everything makes sense and where they at last have a role to play. 

The K-pop election

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 30, 2020

(RNS) — On the eve of the 2020 elections, Gen Z-ers are on the verge of using their digital tools to counteract the political establishment.

How millennials make meaning from shopping, decorating and self-pampering

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — We are experiencing a dot-com bubble for spirituality, a free marketplace of innovation and religious disruption.

Black Lives Matter is ‘a spiritual movement,’ says co-founder Patrisse Cullors

By Alejandra Molina — June 15, 2020

(RNS) — Lifting up the names of victims ‘is literally almost resurrecting a spirit so they can work through us,’ Cullors said.

How white spirituality, religious or not, allows racism to grow

By Kerry Connelly — June 15, 2020

(RNS) — Christians and New Agers alike tend not to concern ourselves with human bodies, and too often talk of actual justice is hushed for the sake of unity or good vibrations.

How COVID-19 and the fight against Big Oil is reviving one Alaskan people’s spiritual traditions

By Daysha Eaton — May 30, 2020

(RNS) — How indigenous women are leading the fight to protect one of North America’s last wild places, sparking a cultural and spiritual renaissance.

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