Health & Lifestyle

William Wilberforce would be scandalized by the pro-factory farming EATS Act

By Charles C. Camosy — December 1, 2023
(RNS) — It's a diabolical end-run around laws that attempt to respect God’s created order.
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Want to fix America’s woes? Start by getting to know your neighbors, researcher says

By Bob Smietana — October 18, 2023
(RNS) — Seth Kaplan, a researcher at Johns Hopkins who studies fragile states around the world, argues that rebuilding social capital— including religious congregations — can help address some of the more pressing social problems.

Is religion good for you? The answer is complicated, new global Gallup report finds.

By Bob Smietana — October 10, 2023
(RNS) — A review of 10 years of global polling looks at the complicated connection between spirituality and health.

In ‘My Body, Their Baby,’ a scholar explores the theology of surrogacy

By Bob Smietana — October 6, 2023
(RNS) — In her new book, Grace Kao, a Christian ethicist, recounts carrying a child for friends — and how that experience shaped her theology.

Hoop dreams, with hijab

By Liz Kineke — September 7, 2023
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (RNS) — At a camp called Hooping in Faith, young women build confidence in their identities as athletes and faithful Muslims.

In a new ‘Animal Liberation,’ Peter Singer consolidates advances in animal rights

By Charles C. Camosy — August 11, 2023
(RNS) — ‘A lot has happened in the past 33 years,’ said the ethicist about his update to his classic 1975 book.

Appealing to Orthodox Jews, Israeli media remove women from view

By Michele Chabin — July 21, 2023
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Determined to return women’s images to the public sphere, a feminist Orthodox Israeli has created a unique photo bank of religious Jewish women and their families. It has become a resource for positive images of religious Jewish women.  

The Rev. Steve Pieters, who changed minds about AIDS, dies at 70

By Riley Farrell — July 14, 2023
(RNS) — His vanguard interview with Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker at the time) aired in an era when fear and false information about HIV/AIDS ran rampant in conservative Christian communities.

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.

Dodgers remove ‘queer and trans nuns’ from Pride Night amid Catholic pushback

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2023
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The LA chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence said it was saddened that the team succumbed ‘to pressure from persons outside of the State of California and outside of our community.’

North Carolina clergy demonstrate against legislature’s new abortion limits

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — Their aim was to signal that not all Christians oppose abortion. A new state bill bans abortion after 12 weeks, down from the current 20.

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.’
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