Health & Lifestyle

Michael Hebb, a death wellness expert, wants people to plan for their end

By Yonat Shimron — October 21, 2020

(RNS) — ‘With the coronavirus there’s been an incredible wake-up call to our mortality,’ said Hebb, who has created resources to help people learn how to plan for it and support loved ones who may be nearing the end of life.

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Masks keep churches from being superspreaders. But they make sermons tough

By Bob Smietana — October 16, 2020

(RNS) — Preachers have had to adapt quickly during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as they adjust to masked congregations, they must learn new ways of reading the room and connecting with congregants during sermons.

Samaritan’s Purse to set up coronavirus field hospital in the Bahamas

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — The humanitarian relief organization run by Franklin Graham will open a field hospital in Nassau, where hospital facilities are overwhelmed with people suffering from COVID-19.

400 rabbis back Cuomo and de Blasio in shutdown of New York Hasidic neighborhoods

By Yonat Shimron — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — Some 400 rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders have signed a statement in support of New York officials’ efforts to curb COVID-19 in hard-hit Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.

In the midst of deep grief, a scholar writes how Hindu rituals taught her to let go

By Ketika Garg — October 2, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — Rituals can hold the core beliefs of a culture and provide a sense of control in an otherwise helpless situation.

Lending hope in a pandemic year, Octavia Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ makes a comeback

By Kathryn Post — September 25, 2020

(RNS) — The book hit bestseller lists this year 30 years after its publication, not only for its gritty, prophetic portrait of our times but because of its faith in humans to deal with difficult days.

The ‘chai’ charm that keeps this secretary of health grounded in the value of life

By Yonat Shimron — September 17, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Mandy Cohen, North Carolina’s secretary of health and human services, has threaded the needle of this politically charged moment by balancing her devotion to scientific data and her faith.

Why porn’s negative personal consequences are often really about religion

By Samuel L. Perry — September 4, 2020

(RNS) — Evangelicals’ feeling about porn may well be influencing public policy as mostly red states have increasingly sought to declare pornography a ‘public health crisis.’

Natural helpers: Needed reinforcements to head off looming suicides of despair

By Glen Bloomstrom — September 1, 2020

(RNS) — People thinking about suicide often turn to pastors, coaches and teachers first for help. We need to make sure these natural helpers are trained to lend a hand.

From Katrina to COVID, American crises expose racial injustice again and again

By Jamie Aten — August 29, 2020

(RNS) — 15 years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina put a spotlight on racial injustice in society within the United States. Yet, all the disparities exposed then remain just as true today during COVID-19.

Amid pandemic, domestic and sexual abuse is skyrocketing. Activists worry that news is being buried.

By Claire Giangravé — August 27, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Throughout Europe, countries recorded a worrying spike in domestic violence, just as ‘corona divorces’ grow in Japan and China after months of lockdown, with many women citing domestic violence as the main cause.

For $5,500, you can have your body composted in Washington for an environmentally friendly burial

By Alejandra Molina — August 21, 2020

(RNS) — The Washington state-based company Recompose is behind the human composting process, and on Tuesday (Aug. 18), it opened its prepayment option for people who would like to begin making those arrangements for themselves or loved ones.

Masue Katayama: Changing nursing care industry in Japan with kindness

By Magdalena Rojo — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — Inspired by her Catholic faith, the ‘social entrepreneur’ is not only one of Japan’s few female CEOs but one of the most innovative providers of elderly care in the world.

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