Other Faiths

In Starfield, players choose their own adventure — and religion

By Bob Smietana — September 28, 2023
(RNS) — In a major new video game, players can search for enlightenment while exploring the stars.
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Faith leaders call for repentance and spiritual reformation to address climate change

By Bob Smietana — August 17, 2023
(RNS) — At the Parliament of the World’s Religions, faith leaders held a ceremony to repent for failing to care for the Earth.

A religious calling to protect democracy

By Chris Crawford — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — Most religious doctrines do not require an embrace of democracy. But in today’s world, authoritarians are attempting to do the opposite —  to recruit communities of faith to undermine democracy.

This India Day, Indian Americans want to be independent from politics

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2023
(RNS) — For many, celebrating the anniversary of their ancestral homeland’s independence can bring tensions over the current political atmosphere there.

How after-school clubs became a new battleground in the Satanic Temple’s push to preserve separation of church and state

By Charles J. Russo — August 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — The controversial – and often misunderstood – extracurricular groups tend to raise controversy. But under equal access laws, schools can’t discriminate against a club based on its point of view.

As witchcraft becomes a multibillion-dollar business, practitioners’ connection to the natural world is changing

By Helen A. Berger — July 26, 2023
(The Conversation) — Practitioners of Pagan religions no longer need to go into a forest to find an object for their altars. Commercialization has meant that sacred objects are available online.

Mental illness played no role in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, prosecution expert testifies

By Associated Press — July 6, 2023
PITTSBURGH (AP) — He said Bowers' toxic views about Jewish people were reinforced by antisemitic material he viewed online and were not the result of a delusion or psychosis.

Summertime spirits: Village of Lily Dale reopens for believers and doubters alike

By Fiona André — July 3, 2023
(RNS) — The 140-year-old village, a mecca for spiritualism and mediumship, will draw regulars and curious first-timers to cross paths after a hiatus of three years.

Supreme Court ruling in favor of mail carrier celebrated across religious spectrum

By Yonat Shimron — June 29, 2023
(RNS) — Many U.S. religious minorities said the ruling was a much-needed corrective to the challenges they face in balancing their work with their sincerely held religious practices.

Unitarian Universalism revisits identity, values at 2023 gathering

By Kathryn Post — June 26, 2023
(RNS) — Intense discussions at this year’s General Assembly took place as the UUA navigates how to continue implementing its commitment to anti-racism.

Unitarian Universalists elect first woman of color, openly queer president

By Kathryn Post — June 25, 2023
(RNS) — A womanist theologian, ethicist and minister, the Rev. Sofía Betancourt previously served as interim co-president of the UUA in 2017.

Azza Karam resigns as secretary general of Religions for Peace

By Adelle M. Banks — June 21, 2023
(RNS) — She was elected secretary general at the 10th World Assembly of the global coalition in Lindau, Germany, in 2019, marking the first time a woman and a Muslim was chosen to lead the organization that was founded in 1970.

Poll: Most religious Americans believe there are only two genders

By Yonat Shimron — June 8, 2023
(RNS) — Americans’ views of trans people have hardened over the past two years, a new PRRI survey shows.
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