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Interfaith summit dreams of America as a potluck, not a battlefield

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Hundreds of interfaith campus leaders gathered in Chicago to reimagine America as a potluck, where everyone is welcome — rather than a melting pot.
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Religious freedom doesn’t end with Supreme Court protection of Christians

By Allison K. Ralph — July 6, 2022
(RNS) — News outlets have labeled the current court ‘pro-religion.’ It’s more complicated than that.

In Lebanon, how to say ‘I do’ sparks fierce debate

By Associated Press — June 27, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — In Lebanon, an on-again, off-again debate over whether such civil marriages may be held inside the country, and for whom, is contentious and mired in religious and political entanglements.

Poll: Americans’ belief in God is dropping

By Yonat Shimron — June 21, 2022
(RNS) — In the latest Gallup Poll, belief in God dipped to 81%, down 6 percentage points from 2017, and the lowest since Gallup first asked the question in 1944.

Humanist chaplains guide nonreligious students on quest for meaning

By Kathryn Post — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The nonreligious have as much of, or more of, a need for meaning, purpose and community as anybody else.’

New book ‘Interpreting Religion’ dares to ask ‘how’

By Kathryn Post — June 13, 2022
(RNS) — How do religious people make meaning? And how are those meanings transmitted, contested and remade?

Humanist children’s books translated, available free in Muslim-majority countries

By Kathryn Post — June 9, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The world is a very special place even without magic or the supernatural,’ said Bailey Harris, who began writing her book series at age 8.

The danger of finding our meaning at work

By Kathryn Post — June 8, 2022
(RNS) — In extreme cases, work isn’t just rewarding: It’s religion.

State Department officials report religious freedom woes, wins across the globe

By Adelle M. Banks — June 3, 2022
(RNS) — The secretary of state and religious freedom ambassador also expressed concern about an increase in antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred in many countries, including the United States.

Campus ministries, counselors join to tackle mental health

By Giovanna Dell’Orto and Kathryn Post — June 1, 2022
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/RNS) — On Ivy League campuses, large public institutions and faith-based colleges, chaplains and psychologists are teaming up.

In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism

By Varsha Torgalkar — May 17, 2022
PUNE, India (RNS) — Organizations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists. 

Deconstructing? There’s a coach for that.

By Ericka Andersen — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — A growing slate of resources is geared at helping people ‘decolonize’ and ‘deconstruct’ the Christianity that was taught to them.

White House’s Melissa Rogers affirms religious diversity as interfaith group expands

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘There’s so much that unites us if we are only willing to look for that unity and work side by side,’ Rogers said at the event launching Interfaith America.
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