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Monsters, meditation and Marie Kondo: the religious roots of Japan’s ‘waste not’ ethic

By Kevin C. Taylor — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — The impact of centuries-old Shinto and Buddhist rituals and stories continues today.

Across the US, Native Americans are fighting to preserve sacred land

By Alejandra Molina and Emily McFarlan Miller — November 29, 2022
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In ‘Stealing My Religion,’ Liz Bucar takes on murky forms of appropriation

By Kathryn Post — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Bucar invites readers to 'interrogate the stance that we are entitled to take religious practices from others for our own needs.'

Apaches get rehearing in fight to preserve Oak Flat, a sacred site in Arizona

By Alejandra Molina — November 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The government protects historical churches and other important religious landmarks, and our site deserves no less protection,’ Apache Stronghold founder Wendsler Nosie Sr. said.

Veterans, Muslim and Jewish groups file support for Sikh recruits suing Marine Corps

By Alejandra Molina — November 16, 2022
(RNS) — Sikhs who serve in the Marine Corps can keep their beards and unshorn hair while on duty but are forbidden from doing so during combat deployment and in the course of boot camp.

From atheist churches to finding healing in the ‘sacred flower of cannabis,’ spiritual but not religious Americans are finding new ways of pursuing meaning

By Morgan Shipley — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — America’s religious landscape is getting more diverse as people find new ways of expressing spirituality.

Californians overwhelmingly support abortion rights over Catholic bishops’ objections

By Alejandra Molina — November 9, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — California will codify the right to abortion in the state’s constitution after voters on Tuesday (Nov. 8) overwhelmingly approved a measure that Catholic bishops and other Christian leaders rallied against.

In ‘Raising Lazarus,’ Beth Macy summons the stone rollers

By Elizabeth E. Evans — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — A new book chronicles an addiction-recovery movement known as 'harm reduction,' an alternative to strict abstinence that has drawn many people of faith as helpers.

It’s not un-Christian to require people to treat you in healthy ways

By Lysa TerKeurst — November 2, 2022
(RNS) — Having boundaries in our relationships isn’t selfish.

Judge dismisses SPU lawsuit aimed at halting probe into university’s hiring practices

By Alejandra Molina — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — The ruling shows that Seattle Pacific University, a private school associated with the Free Methodist Church, ‘is not above the law,’ said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

When it comes to forgiveness, faith and science agree on the benefits

By Azza Karam and Andrew Serazin — October 24, 2022
(RNS) — Across dozens of scientific studies in diverse contexts, the physical and mental health benefits of forgiveness have been validated.

Shuttered cannabis church takes fight to reopen to California Supreme Court

By Alejandra Molina — October 21, 2022
(RNS) — Jah Healing Kemetic Temple of the Divine Church claims it is Christian and 'believes that the fragrant cane ingredient of the holy anointing oil described in Exodus 30:22 is cannabis.'

Study: Religion and spirituality can aid youth mental health crisis

By Kathryn Post — October 19, 2022
(RNS) — Religion and spirituality could help remedy the youth mental health crisis, Springtide Research finds.

Poll: Latinos, including Christians, overwhelmingly support abortion access

By Alejandra Molina — October 12, 2022
(RNS) — Latino Catholics (73%) were more likely than other Christians (63%) to stand against making abortion illegal, saying it’s wrong to ‘take away the freedom to make those decisions from everyone else,’ the survey found.
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