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A 300-year-old church hopes to connect with spiritual but not religious neighbors

By Bob Smietana — February 15, 2022
(RNS) — Facing a future where organized religion is on the decline, Trinity Episcopal Church hopes to offer spiritual community for the nones.

After moving out of their comfort zone, atheists in Kenya gain visibility

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 7, 2022
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A small atheist organization in Kenya is gaining ground in this largely Christian nation as it tackles political ideologies and human rights matters, wading into debates outside its usual critiques of religion.

Peach PRC’s ‘God Is a Freak’ becomes exvangelical TikTok anthem

By Kathryn Post — February 4, 2022
(RNS) — 'Exvangelicals' embraced the song as a rallying cry against purity culture and LGBTQ exclusion.

House of Intuition founders want you to tap into your ‘inner magic’

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In 'Your Intuition Led You Here,' Alex Naranjo and Marlene Vargas advise readers on how to find their own inner magic.

What happened to the nonbelief channel at Patheos?

By Yonat Shimron — January 4, 2022
(RNS) — Bloggers were advised they could stay at Patheos so long as they stop writing negative or critical posts on religion or politics and instead focus on how to live a good life within their own worldview. They left.

Observers, detractors and preachers of religion who died in 2021

By Adelle M. Banks — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — Prominent figures in the world of religion who died in 2021.

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.

Atheists find community on YouTube — and in person

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Three YouTube creators share how the platform has helped them share their personal stories and open up discussions on science and religious myths.

Before there was Roe: Religious debate before high court’s historic ruling on abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Reports reveal blunt statements opposing the procedure, broadening definitions of what could be legalized and religious politicians’ reactions to state legislatures’ debates over the controversial procedure.

There’s fanfiction for everything — even the Bible

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — Staples of the genre span from discussions of heaven and hell to erotica featuring biblical characters.

A new aspect of the Tarot boom: Diversity in the deck

By Heather Greene — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Black, Indigenous and Latino American people are leading the rise in tarot's popularity, a new study shows.

Bobbie Kirkhart, who fostered atheist community, dies at 78

By Heather Morrison — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — She was a pioneer who championed atheism not as merely nonbelief but a force in its own right and a critique of religion’s sway over society.

Dalai Lama says China’s leaders ‘don’t understand’ diversity

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
On Wednesday, the 86-year-old Buddhist monk said he wished to remain home in India rather than get involved in the “complicated politics" between China, run by the officially atheist Communist Party, and strongly Buddhist Taiwan.

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.

If faith leaders want to reach Gen Z, meet them in the streets 

By Josh Packard, William J. Barber II, and A. Kazimir Brown — October 21, 2021
(RNS) — New data show that 20% of ‘very religious’ young people say they engage in acts of protest on a daily basis. 
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