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After award win, Christian romance novel draws criticism for ‘romanticized genocide’ of Native Americans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — 'At Love's Command,' this year’s winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Vivian Award for best romance with religious or spiritual elements, has stirred controversy.
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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.

Reparations bill gains momentum as an interfaith cause

By Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is all about how can we repair the damage to those among us who have been hurt because of past practices,’ said an Evanston, Illinois, pastor.

Qatar’s Baha’i community and the plight of foreign workers

By Baher Seioshansian — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — This subtle erasure of Baha’is from the country contrasts sharply with Qatar’s efforts to promote the image and practice of tolerance.

‘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.

Health experts, faith leaders and White House target the ‘movable’ on vaccines

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We would not be where we are without your help and we won’t be able to cross the finish line without you,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.

Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.

Formerly incarcerated, this Unitarian Universalist minister is dedicated to abolishing prisons

By Lyra Walsh Fuchs — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — His ministry may have been born in prison, but Jason Lydon wants to see a society where prisons no longer exist. That dream is connected to his theology, he says.

The story of the Iranian new year, Nowruz, and why its themes of renewal and healing matter

By Pardis Mahdavi — March 17, 2021
(The Conversation) — Nowruz, the Iranian new year, celebrated at the exact moment of the spring equinox, goes back 3,000 years.

‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’: Jewish artist Alicia Jo Rabins turns financial crisis into spiritual film

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — The one-women show turned film has been described as a 'mystical meta-musical about the biggest financial fraud in history.'

Convictions upheld for British pagans who trespassed at Stonehenge

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — Lawyers for Lisa Mead, Maryam Halcrow and Angel Grace argued the trio had a ‘reasonable excuse’ to enter a restricted area at the prehistoric monument, based on their religious beliefs.

Intention can turn any lockdown walk into pilgrimage, urges British Pilgrimage Trust

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 9, 2021
(RNS) — Pilgrimage is about traveling, about being a stranger in a strange land, according to the director. The pandemic flips that on its head.
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