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Large conventions resume for Jehovah’s Witnesses

By Alejandra Molina — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Beginning Friday (June 2), the three-day gathering will be held at the Long Beach Arena in Los Angeles County, the first of 12 conventions at the arena this summer.
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Is it time for conservative Christians to give Freud another look?

By Jacob Lupfer — May 10, 2023
(RNS) — Freudian psychoanalysis might have something to offer religious believers.

How women have cultivated religious authority at LA’s Women’s Mosque of America

By Alejandra Molina — May 2, 2023
(RNS) — Author Tazeen M. Ali said the Women’s Mosque of America ‘has global implications for how we study Islam.’

Rabbi Harold Kushner, who wrote bestselling works of practical theology, dies at 88

By Ben Harris and Philissa Kramer — April 29, 2023
(JTA) — 'When Bad Things Happen to Good People', published in 1981, represented Kushner’s attempt to make sense of his son's suffering and eventual death.

LA’s Atheist Street Pirates go national in efforts to remove illegal religious signs

By Alejandra Molina — April 28, 2023
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A recent art exhibition featured signs and banners volunteers had removed from across Southern California.

Where can seekers find community outside organized religion? Meet The Nearness

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 27, 2023
(RNS) — ‘One of the things that really strikes me is that we’re all drowning in content, but what we need are containers for connection,’ said Casper ter Kuile of The Nearness.

For neurodiverse Muslims, Ramadan presents extra challenges

By Silma Suba — April 20, 2023
(Interfaith America) — The inability to focus on prayers or perform timely rituals can also lead some people to doubt their faith.

‘Is this kosher?’ Jewish billboards in LA call for humane eating practices.

By Alejandra Molina — April 20, 2023
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The billboards went up this week as part of a campaign launched by the Jewish Initiative for Animals against factory farming.

How the teen mental health crisis is turning some youth pastors into first responders

By Elizabeth E. Evans — April 18, 2023
(RNS) — Young people, youth pastors say, are pushing the church to be more willing to talk about mental health.

‘Is this when we disappear?’ Rapture triggers haunt the Left Behind generation

By Kathryn Post — April 17, 2023
(RNS) — For some, fear-saturated stories about the rapture can generate lifelong panic, paranoia and anxiety.

A grain farmer applies Buddhist principles to preserve the land — and maximize taste

By Shaina Shealy — April 12, 2023
(RNS) — Food and farming have always served as outlets for Mai Nguyen’s Buddhist practice. But a decade ago the Californian applied the faith's teachings of interconnectedness to a holistic approach to farming.

Fish sandwiches, Lenten discipline and the spirituality of consumerism

By Jacob Lupfer — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — Lent still has the power to modify some of the most scrupulously managed menus in the sector.

Eggs are in short supply. The crisis is bigger than a nontraditional Seder plate.

By Jonathan Bernhard — April 4, 2023
(RNS) — Let our missing Passover eggs prompt us to think about the meaning of kosher.
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