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A Buddhist disaster relief organization offers key support after Monterey Park shooting

By Alejandra Molina — January 27, 2023
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (RNS) — The Buddhist humanitarian organization, Tzu Chi USA, is helping with language translation and funeral service arrangements in the wake of the Monterey Park shooting that left 11 people dead.
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New book spotlights influence of Pentecostalism on California’s Mexican farmworkers

By Alejandra Molina — January 20, 2023
(RNS) — 'Sowing the Sacred: Mexican Pentecostal Farmworkers in California' recounts how 'divine healing' was seen as a pragmatic way to care for impoverished workers who lacked regular access to medical care.

In LA, activists ‘summon spiritual energy’ to seek justice for Keenan Anderson

By Alejandra Molina — January 15, 2023
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A vigil on Saturday for Keenan Anderson was not a protest but a 'spiritual gathering,' said Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Why you should give the gift of mindfulness this New Year

By Jeremy David Engels — January 9, 2023
(The Conversation) — Mindfulness can teach us to be more present – not just for ourselves, but also for our colleagues, friends and loved ones.

Making sweat feel spiritual didn’t start with SoulCycle – a religion scholar explains

By Cody Musselman — January 9, 2023
(The Conversation) — Fitness and religion make a potent combination, one people have explored for centuries.

Stability is not in the cards for 2023: Divinations reveal a year of transitions

By Heather Greene — January 6, 2023
(RNS) — Using tarot, astrology, runes and countless other divinatory methods, practitioners offer a reading on the pulse of the year to come.

Jewish teachings greet Los Angeles drivers in billboard campaign

By Alejandra Molina — January 6, 2023
(RNS) — The billboards come at a time when cases of antisemitism are on the rise around the country.

15 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2022

By RNS staff — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — 2022's rising stars in religion are loud and proud, and they are calling it as they see it.

State lawsuits defend abortion access with religious freedom

By Arleigh Rodgers — December 29, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Since Dobbs, lower courts in at least five states have issued rulings in abortion-related religious freedom lawsuits.

What do the lonely do at Christmas?

By Candice Marie Benbow — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — Now, more than ever, people are becoming comfortable sharing their grief and longing during the holidays.

The Hanukkah dreidel and America’s gambling problem

By Joshua Hammerman — December 15, 2022
(RNS) — Religious institutions were not prepared for the gambling explosion. We need to catch up.

Psychedelic chaplains: In clinical trials, a new form of spiritual guide emerges

By Kathryn Post — December 13, 2022
(RNS) — Spiritual care practitioners are being trained to support patients undergoing psychedelic therapy in clinical trials and decriminalized settings.

SPU board members seek dismissal of lawsuit over LGBTQ exclusion

By Alejandra Molina — December 9, 2022
(RNS) — The lawsuit, board members say, is an effort to 'intimidate and punish leaders of a religious institution for the exercise of protected First Amendment rights.'
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