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‘After School Satan Club’ at California elementary school stirs controversy

By Alejandra Molina — November 22, 2022
(RNS) — After School Satan Clubs are sponsored by The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic religious organization based in Salem, Massachusetts, that pushes for the separation of church and state.
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Religious groups with immigrant members grew fastest over past decade

By Yonat Shimron — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — A decennial study of US religious life shows that the number of participants in congregational services has not kept up with the overall population growth. But religious groups drawing large numbers of immigrants have seen steady growth.

In ‘Boys Will Be Human,’ Justin Baldoni invites boys to ‘undefine’ masculinity

By Kathryn Post — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I wrote this book for 12-year-old Justin, for 16-year old-Justin, for 20-year-old Justin,’ the filmmaker and ‘Jane the Virgin’ star told RNS.

Anime is packed with spirituality and gaining popularity among Gen Z

By Josh Packard and Kaitlyn Ugoretz — October 31, 2022
(RNS) — Anime, filled with Japanese spirituality, is part of a massive boom in the popularity of East Asian media.

Four Jehovah’s Witnesses charged with sexual abuse of 19 children across Pennsylvania

By Kathryn Post — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Most of these defendants used their faith and church to gain access to their victims,’ Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

Most faith groups agree US has gone astray. They don’t agree on the way forward.

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — The research, released shortly before Election Day, sheds light on questions of race, sexuality, abortion and immigration as well as sentiments about the country’s origins.

Unitarian Universalists resolve to fight ableism highlighted by pandemic

By Kathryn Post — October 24, 2022
(RNS) — 'You get a bunch of 'UUs' committed to systemic change, and things start to happen,' said one drafter of the new anti-ableism commitment.

Japan leader sends offerings to controversial Tokyo shrine

By Mari Yamaguchi — October 18, 2022
TOKYO (AP) — The religious offerings were donated to a Tokyo shrine viewed by many as a symbol of Japanese wartime militarism.

Ojibwe author Patty Krawec writes about Indigenous peoples, Christians ‘Becoming Kin’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — Patty Krawec on why rethinking — or ‘unforgetting,’ as she calls it — history is important.

Why China feels threatened by the moral authority of a 90-year-old Catholic bishop

By Scott D. McDonald — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of philosophy and foreign policy explains why Cardinal Zen poses a threat to the Chinese Communist Party as a competing source of political authority.

Who is Artemis? NASA’s latest mission to the Moon is named after an ancient lunar goddess turned feminist icon

By Marie-Claire Beaulieu — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Greek mythology explains the naming of NASA’s missions after mythological figures and why the name Artemis is indicative of a more diverse era of space exploration.

New museum exhibit seeks to show Samaritans are more than a biblical parable

By Menachem Wecker — September 19, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'The Samaritans: A Biblical People,' opened Sept. 16 at the Museum of the Bible and includes artifacts spanning from the second century before the Common Era to contemporary paintings made in the past couple of years.

Little churches still matter, says Martha’s Vineyard pastor of church that took in migrants

By Bob Smietana — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — Houses of worship on Martha's Vineyard have long worked together to meet the needs of their neighbors. So they were ready to spring into action when refugees arrived unexpectedly.
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