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To hell and back again with Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’

By Peter Manseau — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — The pop star's multiple accounts of a disappointing affair tap into an ancient formula of faith and myth.
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RNS holiday gift guide 2021: Treat yourself to cozy socks or a self-care box

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our holiday gift guide is full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

COP26 event urges partnership between religious, Indigenous leaders to save planet

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — There can be no solution to the climate crisis that does not recognize the rights and spiritualities of Indigenous peoples, according to religious leaders who gathered for the official COP26 side event ‘Making Peace with Nature.’

Witches remember those lost to COVID-19 among the dead at Samhain

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — A solemn occasion with Celtic roots, Samhain takes place at a time when many religions and cultures believe the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest.

How some ‘Jewitches’ are embracing both Judaism and witchcraft

By Heather Greene and Emily McFarlan Miller — October 25, 2021
(RNS) — Rabbis and witches alike are bringing together magic — often called witchcraft — and Jewish ritual.

In Ghana, Rastafarian high schooler fights to keep his hair

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — October 19, 2021
Hair is an important part of the Rastafarian faith. But an official at the Achimota School in Ghana told Tyrone Iras Marhguy he would have to cut his dreadlocks before enrolling.

Sailors, Marines seek religious accommodation to wear beards

By Joseph Hammond — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — One Orthodox Jewish sailor and three Muslim sailors joined in a lawsuit alleging the Navy’s beard policy amounts to a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Study: Social hostility to religion declines, but government restrictions rise

By Yonat Shimron — September 30, 2021
(RNS) — Governments in more than 80% of the represented countries harassed religious groups in some way, though use of force was less common, a new Pew study found.

Survey: Who Americans blame for insurrection depends on their faith

By Jack Jenkins — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — White evangelicals are far more likely than most other religious groups to falsely blame left-wing activists for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

‘Burning karma’: The Jains’ late summer holy season focuses on purifying the soul

By Kalpana Jain — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — Who are the Jains and what do they believe?

Indigenous communities in Louisiana’s Delta overwhelmed by damage from Ida

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Monique Verdin, a member of the United Houma Nation, is afraid Louisiana’s Indigenous communities will be forgotten as faith-based disaster relief groups and other aid streams to New Orleans.

‘I kept putting God in too small of a box’: Five clergy on their unexpected callings

By Renée Roden — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — For some, following a call to minister has meant going to the margins.

In the beginning, there was reggae

By Andre Henry — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — Reggae music encapsulates the prophetic spirituality I looked to embody when I was an evangelical Christian but could never find.
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