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Alternative Faiths

How QAnon infiltrated wellness culture on its way to the Capitol

By Tara Isabella Burton — January 29, 2021
(RNS) — The distance between MAGA reactionaries and Goopsters in yoga pants may seem wide, but they share a distrust of institutions and often choose intuition over reason.

RNS Valentine’s Day gift guide 2021: Sweet and silly ideas for February’s semireligious gift-giving occasions

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 26, 2021
(RNS) — Here are some silly, sweet and sincere gift ideas to show your affection for the people of faith — or no faith — in your life.

Jen Hatmaker apologizes for line in inaugural prayer critiqued as erasing Native Americans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 21, 2021
(RNS) — ‘If God gave this land to anyone, it was to the Native community who always lived here,’ Hatmaker said.

2021 might be unpredictable, but don’t ditch your datebook. Planning can be a spiritual exercise

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2021
(RNS) —  The beginning of another pandemic year largely locked down at home, the future still uncertain, may be the perfect time to flip the page in a new planner.

Advancing religious freedom abroad starts at home

By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi — January 15, 2021
(RNS) — On this Religious Freedom Day, we are concerned about the rising threats around the world, but we are hopeful for progress in the years ahead.

Moms of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin portrayed in new book

By Adelle M. Banks — January 15, 2021
(RNS) — The book by Anna Malaika Tubbs about Alberta King, Louise Little and Berdis Baldwin provides details of their lives of faith, discipline and sacrifice.

Conspiracy theories and the ‘American Madness’ that gripped the Capitol

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 12, 2021
(RNS) — Author Tea Krulos talked to Religion News Service about how conspiracy theories have spread, how religion plays a role and how to talk to friends and family who believe them.

Witches to GOP: If you summon a demon, have a plan to banish it

By Heather Greene — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — The events of Jan. 6 prove without a doubt the GOP is incapable of controlling what it unleashed with Trump.

Heathens condemn storming of Capitol after Norse religious symbols appear amid mob

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — Lea Svendsen, a heathen author, said it was 'heartbreaking' to see her articles of faith at the center of the violence.

Black Christians, don’t demonize African spirituality

By Darnise Martin — January 5, 2021
(RNS) — African elements give life to many churches, but outside of a Christian context, they are described as pagan and harmful.

African spirituality offers Black believers ‘decolonized’ Christianity

By Liz Kineke — January 5, 2021
(RNS) — The pastor of the online Proverbial Experience mixes African spiritual practices with Christianity for worship 'that is fully integrated with who I am.'

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors helps launch #PrayforLA to honor COVID-19 deaths

By Alejandra Molina — January 4, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Cullors is encouraging people to share photos, artwork, a prayer or meditation of loved ones lost to COVID-19, even as the virus continues to spread and fill up hospital beds across Los Angeles County.

Taylor Swift’s ‘witchy’ new album fuels speculation about her interest in the craft

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 22, 2020
(RNS) — It’s unclear if Swift’s most recent references to witchcraft are simply part of the ‘cottagecore’ aesthetic of her 2020 twin albums or more personal commentary on her spirituality.

Why NBA star Kyrie Irving was burning sage before a game with the Celtics

By Bob Smietana, Jack Jenkins, Emily McFarlan Miller — December 21, 2020
(RNS) — NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has Native American roots, burned sage during a warmup in a practice known as smudging.

Yule traditions new and old wish good riddance to 2020 at the winter solstice

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 19, 2020
(RNS) — The symbolism of the solstice resonates at the end of a dark, difficult year punctuated by a pandemic, political protests and a presidential election.
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