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Naked and unashamed: Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community

By Jeremy Lindenfeld — June 28, 2022
(RNS) — Public nudity may seem antithetical to the modesty often promoted by churches, but to Christian naturists, the two go hand in hand.
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How Mormons are sabotaging marriage and the family

By Jana Riess — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — People rightly object to the hot-wife-as-reward fallacy; it’s sexist, shallow and theologically bankrupt. But here’s another objection I haven’t heard raised: This is a surefire way to torpedo a marriage before it even begins.

At LA’s DisclosureFest, a milieu of New Age mysticism, capitalism and conspiracy talk

By Sam Kestenbaum — June 23, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The annual event is equal parts musical carnival, mystic be-in and merchandise swap meet.

Abortion and bioethics: Principles to guide U.S. abortion debates

By Nancy S. Jecker — June 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A bioethicist explains the four ethical principles that guide medical practitioners’ thinking about abortion, such as autonomy and justice.

Spirituality and service play essential and understudied roles in mental health

By Daniel Bergner — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Given the walls biomedical psychiatry has run into, it’s time to pay attention to the connections experts are drawing among spirituality, service and mental health. 

On abortion, Muslim Americans say Islamic history is ‘on the side of mercy’

By Alejandra Molina — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — Muslim Americans are gearing up for what overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision could mean for their communities.

California again seeks to pass human composting bill as Catholic bishops oppose it

By Alejandra Molina — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — Burial, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis are the only death care choices currently available in California.

There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion: A scholar of religion, gender and sexuality explains

By Samira Mehta — June 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one.

How to make a thousand witches with one Supreme Court decision

By Heather Greene — June 6, 2022
(RNS) — Magic has always been, in lore and in life, a tool of the oppressed.

As Enneagram’s popularity soars, having an experienced teacher is more important than ever

By Jana Riess — June 2, 2022
(RNS) — Longtime teacher Suzanne Stabile sees the Enneagram’s recent surge in popularity as a double-edged sword: She’s grateful for the wider audience but concerned there’s not much depth.

Clergy of color face unprecedented mental health challenges

By Deepa Bharath and Adelle M. Banks — June 2, 2022
(AP/RNS) — Exhausted faith leaders are left with serious questions about how to care for their own physical and mental well-being while helping congregants in a meaningful way.

How the role and visibility of chaplains changed over the past century

By Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs — June 1, 2022
(The Conversation) — Chaplaincy emerged as a professional field in the mid-20th century. In the years since, their roles have evolved and they have also come to include many diverse religious traditions.

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.
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