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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.

In Japan, Greek-influenced Olympics meet another kind of pagan heritage

By Heather Greene — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Greek pagan pageantry encounters a culture with its own deep sense of myth and magic.

Paganism, gods and goddesses aside, is the most LGBTQ-affirming faith in the US

By Heather Greene — July 12, 2021
(RNS) — But some pagans say more visibility for trans and gay members of a largely white, mostly heterosexual community is needed.

‘Snapping out’ of a cult and sharing her healing with others

By Tracy Simmons — June 29, 2021
(RNS) — Since finding her way out, a cult survivor has a fierce drive to share her story and help other cult survivors share theirs.

Pagan god (and Disney star) Loki wrapped up in trademark battles

By Heather Greene — June 25, 2021
(RNS) — 'I'm not wearing a licensed costume. It's my FACE,' tweeted one person who received 'copyright strikes' on an online marketplace for resembling Disney's superhero.

Marvel’s Loki wins heathens’ hearts even while losing the Norse immortal’s complexity

By Heather Greene — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — To modern heathens, Marvel’s characters are not simply 'all-powerful superheroes,' but thriving gods.

‘An excuse for the feast’: Witches celebrate the summer solstice with cakes, mead — and salsa

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — For many pagans, spirituality is tied to nature, and eating local seasonal foods connects them to the earth and with a specific time and place.

‘Am I the worst thing a person can be?’: Witches fight media bias

By Heather Greene — June 14, 2021
(RNS) — 'Criminals aren’t labeled as Baptist,' one witch observed, unless the crime is related to professed religious beliefs, as was the case in the recent spa shootings in Atlanta.

Kenyan woman ‘marries’ the Holy Spirit in Anglican ceremony

By Fredrick Nzwili — June 4, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A man who said he is her husband viewed the most recent ceremony differently: “There are not two marriages here. She is my wife.”

Pagan politics are not as uniform (or liberal) as you think

By Heather Greene — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — One of the few formal surveys of this understudied religious population found pagans' political leanings to be hard to pin down.

Kenyan Rastafarians seek to legalize marijuana over doubts of other faith leaders

By Fredrick Nzwili — May 20, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We want the world to no longer see it as a narcotic, but a medical plant that can help the creation,’ said a Rastafarian leader.
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