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Baptist watchdog flunks Forever 21, praises H&M in annual ‘ethical fashion’ report

By Kathryn Post — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Nearly 100 companies earned a low average score of 33.6 out of 100.
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Latino Catholics are among the most vaccinated religious groups. Here’s why.

By Alejandra Molina — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — The Pew Research Center found that 82% of Catholic adults said they were at least partially vaccinated as of August — data that included 86% of Latino Catholics and 79% of white Catholics.

The pandemic has helped religion’s reputation. Do religious vaccine resisters put this progress at risk?

By Kelsey Dallas — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — New research shows Americans found houses of worship helpful during the pandemic, more than almost any other institution.

Colorado woman who won’t get vaccinated denied transplant

By Patty Nieberg — October 8, 2021
Even though she has stage 5 kidney disease that puts her at risk of dying without a new kidney, Lutali, 56, said she could not agree to be vaccinated because of the role that fetal cell lines have played in the development of vaccines.

Want to regain young people’s trust? Start treating the earth, and life, as sacred

By Norman Wirzba — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our government and business leaders are failing young people by not acting out of the conviction that this world and all its life are sacred and, thus, worthy of our protection and care.

Celebrate Facebook’s outage? Many faith communities couldn’t talk at all.

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Facebook has been a catalyst for religious communities that aren’t defined geographically.

Muslim women more likely than men to experience Islamophobia, survey finds

By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2021
(RNS) — A total of 1,123 Muslims in the US participated in the 2020 survey that was conducted between Oct. 14 and Nov. 2.

Conversion therapy bans are too easy for religious groups to sidestep

By Julie Rodgers — September 29, 2021
(RNS) — If bans can’t stop it, then what will it take to get the countless organizations currently practicing conversion therapy in religious settings around the world to stop harming minors?

The Sunday Assembly hopes to organize a godless future. It’s not easy.

By Bob Smietana — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — At its peak, there were about 70 congregations in the Sunday Assembly movement. About half have shut down or gone dormant.

Suicide prevention for our youth is doable: We must act now

By Glen Bloomstrom — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — September is National Suicide Prevention Month. And there is no better time for parents, youth leaders, community leaders and clergy to take the step to be trained in suicide prevention measures.

Pray.com supports family farms hit by historic droughts

By Kathryn Post — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We have a responsibility to tend to the land. It’s really not just about California, it’s about the entire country,’ said Pray.com’s CEO.

We owe it to the vulnerable to get vaccinated

By Jana Riess — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Dr. Tyler Johnson says his Mormon religion ‘teaches me I have a moral obligation to seek out facts and to seek to understand the world as it is,’ which means rejecting vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation.

From luxury stays to ‘champing’ in the sanctuary, churches adopt pandemic-era Airbnb models

By Kathryn Post — September 20, 2021
(RNS) — Instead of worshippers, some churches have been filled with local tourists, professional chefs or burnt-out frontline workers.
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