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DHS official Marcus Coleman offers security tips for houses of faith marking holidays

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2022
(RNS) — Coleman advises congregations to keep a watchful eye as they open their doors for in-person gatherings marking special occasions, traditional worship and everyday work.

Jains celebrate the founder of their small but ancient faith

By Kalpana Jain — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — A contemporary of the Buddha, Mahavir preached his own way of nonviolence, or ahimsa.

‘We expect to win.’ Ayahuasca churches vow to remain as court case largely dismissed.

By Alejandra Molina — April 8, 2022
(RNS) — 'The DEA is attempting to close off all avenues for us to practice or engage in our spiritual practice,' said Scott Stanley, founder of the Arizona Yagé Assembly.

War in ‘civilized’ Europe is nothing new. Here’s why white Westerners think otherwise.

By Kathryn Gin Lum — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — Europeans are supposed to be the ones who save ‘heathens’ from their bad behavior.

How Silicon Valley’s ‘Techtopia’ turned work into religion

By Yonat Shimron — March 8, 2022
(RNS) — In her new book, 'Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley,' Carolyn Chen examines how high-skilled workers have disinvested from organized religion and are instead finding belonging, identity, purpose and transcendence at the office.

Japan’s Shinto religion is going global and attracting online followers

By Kaitlyn Ugoretz — February 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — An anthropologist of Japanese religion met followers of Shinto religion online and found how they were building a community and sharing instructions on practice.

Christena Cleveland shifts from ‘white male God’ to ‘Sacred Black Feminine’

By Adelle M. Banks — February 8, 2022
(RNS) — The author of ‘God Is a Black Woman' said she’s a theist but ‘my understanding of God is not what most people would say is orthodox Christianity.’

On Lunar New Year, Chinese pray outside shut temples

By Sam McNeil — February 1, 2022
BEIJING (AP) — The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important annual holiday in China.

There is much more to mindfulness than the popular media hype

By Pierce Salguero — February 1, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar studying the relationship of Buddhism and medicine explains how the popular media has misrepresented mindfulness.

Online forum draws hundreds of faith leaders to counter religious opposition to abortion

By Alejandra Molina — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — 'So many of the abortion restrictions we’re seeing come from a particular religious lens that doesn’t represent the majority of the country,' said a Presbyterian pastor.

My wife’s grandfather was executed for his Baha’i faith. Iran hasn’t changed enough.

By James Samimi Farr — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — As I watch the grim carousel that is the nuclear talks go round and round again, I think about all that may hinge on them, including, perhaps, the future of Iran’s religious and ethnic minorities.

Stay of removal issued for three immigrants who resided in ‘sanctuary’

By Jack Jenkins — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — Two of the immigrants had already left sanctuary, but one has been living at a Unitarian church for nearly three years.

Rashad Hussain confirmed as first Muslim US religious freedom ambassador

By Adelle M. Banks — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Ambassador Hussain is well placed to advance the US government’s promotion of international religious freedom,’ said the chair of a religious freedom watchdog.

Rastafari want more legal marijuana for freedom of worship

By Luis Andres Henao and Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — December 10, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For Rastafari, the ritualistic smoking of marijuana brings them closer to the divine. But for decades, many have been incarcerated because of their use of cannabis.

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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