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Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

By Gosia Wozniacka — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — More than 40% of Buddhist chaplains work in health care, a recent report found, while others serve in schools, in prisons or as self-employed counselors.
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Minority Hindu Kashmiris protest killing of community member

By Aijaz Hussain — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — Scores of the region’s minority Hindus, locally known as Pandits, took to the streets, blocking roads and demanding that Rahul Bhat's killers be brought to justice.

Jordan’s King Abdullah, custodian of holy sites, meets US Christian leaders

By Daoud Kuttab — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Reconfirming the status quo in Jerusalem will require some hard diplomacy and a lot of goodwill.

Queer Muslim group aims to conduct largest survey of LGBTQ Muslims in the US

By Alejandra Molina — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — The survey’s goal is to recognize the political needs of LGBTQ Muslims, who according to Queer Crescent are erased from the broader Muslim narrative.

Now in spotlight, Dubai Jews struggle for public synagogue

By Isabel Debre — May 11, 2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Plans to build a permanent sanctuary for Dubai's fast-expanding congregation have sputtered to a standstill, Jewish leaders say.

White House’s Melissa Rogers affirms religious diversity as interfaith group expands

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘There’s so much that unites us if we are only willing to look for that unity and work side by side,’ Rogers said at the event launching Interfaith America.

An immigrant Muslim finds his model of empowerment in Black American Islam

By Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — One in a new series of interviews with contemporary faith-based leaders reinventing American faith.

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

Taliban divisions deepen as Afghan women defy veil edict

By Kathy Gannon — May 8, 2022
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) —Hardliners and pragmatists among the Islamist rulers have avoided open confrontation but sharper restrictions, such as a recent decree that all women must be entirely covered, are deepening divisions.

Survey: White evangelicals oppose abortion; all other religious groups support it

By Yonat Shimron — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — US religions have wide-ranging opinions on legality of abortion. But most support legal abortion.

Israeli police enter tense holy site as Jewish visits resume

By Joseph Krauss — May 5, 2022
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police entered the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem to clear away Palestinian protesters after controversial visits by Jews that had been paused for the Muslim holidays resumed.

Caste doesn’t just exist in India or in Hinduism – it is pervasive across many religions in South Asia and the diaspora

By Aseem Hasnain and Abhilasha Srivastava — May 5, 2022
(The Conversation) — Several US universities now recognize caste as part of nondiscrimination policies. Two scholars of South Asian studies explain how caste-based violence isn’t limited to Hinduism, or to India.

National Day of Prayer observances to feature in-person worship, online petitions

By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Proclaimed by Congress in 1952, the prayer day has been observed since 1988 on the first Thursday in May, with a more diverse array of participants in recent years.
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