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Young Colombian activist brings light to the displaced communities

By Magdalena Rojo — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Jenifer Colpas Fernández had to leave her native Colombia to recognize its problems — and to see that there were solutions.
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Ayurveda’s spiritual science makes inroads among foodies and healers

By Richa Karmarkar — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — At the intersection of science and religion, the ancient art of ayurveda is attracting believers seeking to improve their health by treating soul and body.

Thailand’s restive south hit by wave of arson and bombings

By Sumeth Panpetch — August 17, 2022
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Muslim residents have long charged they are treated like second-class citizens in Thailand, and separatist movements have been periodically active for decades. Heavy-handed crackdowns have fueled the discontent.

Nepal’s holy Bagmati River choked with black sewage, trash

By Binaj Gurubacharya — August 17, 2022
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tainted by garbage and raw sewage that is dumped directly into the waterway, Nepal’s holiest river has deteriorated so greatly that today it is also the country’s most polluted.

Interfaith summit dreams of America as a potluck, not a battlefield

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Hundreds of interfaith campus leaders gathered in Chicago to reimagine America as a potluck, where everyone is welcome — rather than a melting pot.

Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit

By Kristen Lucken — August 16, 2022
(The Conversation) — Rituals of rest and contemplation are woven into many religious traditions around the world.

The climate bill is our generation’s moonshot. Failure is not an option.

By Joshua Hammerman — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — As Ron Howard's new movie shows, our new adventure means digging deep, not going high.

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

By Associated Press — August 11, 2022
SYDNEY (AP) — The law allows for the swastika to be used in academic, historical or educational settings, thereby paving the way for its display by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for whom it holds religious significance.

In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks’ involvement in protests raises familiar questions

By Haley Barker — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — The connection between monks and political figures has reportedly diminished some monks’ respectability.

Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki left survivors wrestling with spiritual questions – here’s how Buddhists and Catholics responded

By Yuki Miyamoto — August 4, 2022
(The Conversation) — As Japanese victims struggled to process the nuclear attack, many turned to religion. The way they understood the horror still has consequences today.

Disability theology: How religious beliefs can help or hinder accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — A faith community with ramps and sign language interpreters can still embrace harmful theology.

10 ways to make your worship space less ableist

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to ending ableism, but disability activists spoke with RNS about where religious communities can start.

Religious groups mustn’t stall on accessibility, disability activists say

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It’s not just a legal duty, or human rights duty. It’s a spiritual duty.’
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