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Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?

By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.
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‘All-in’ Buddhist practice combines meditation and martial arts

By Liz Kineke — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Athletic types are drawn to Rinzai Zen training's physical demands. They stay for the Japanese flute.

Interfaith ‘vaccine ambassadors’ take up Biden’s Month of Action

By Eboo Patel, Mary Ellen Giess, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — Two thousand volunteers of diverse faiths will engage people through their religious communities. 

Dave Ramsey declares war on timeshare industry: ‘You done pissed off the wrong hillbilly’

By Bob Smietana — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — The Christian financial expert and radio host has injected himself into a feud between the $10 billion timeshare industry and ‘timeshare exit’ companies.

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science

By Carol Kuruvilla — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Mistrust of the scientific community is affecting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But research suggests the religion and science debate wasn’t always this divisive.

The path to herd immunity runs through America’s faith communities 

By Eboo Patel, Robert P. Jones — May 24, 2021
(RNS) — Residents of many of the most vaccine-hesitant areas in the United States turn out to be remarkably receptive to faith-based interventions.

Survey: Religion a key topic for many millennial moms during pandemic

By Joseph Hammond — May 21, 2021
(RNS) — Nearly a third of mothers discussed faith or spirituality last year, a new survey found.

Jewish camp for adults attracts a growing set of young people more ‘ish’ than ‘Jew’

By Yonat Shimron — May 21, 2021
(RNS) — Trybal Gatherings reconnect 20- and 30-year-olds with other Jews their age at a time when many skip any kind of religious institutional connection.

Kenyan Rastafarians seek to legalize marijuana over doubts of other faith leaders

By Fredrick Nzwili — May 20, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We want the world to no longer see it as a narcotic, but a medical plant that can help the creation,’ said a Rastafarian leader.

We can’t rebuild the US until we support families

By Jim Wallis — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — What makes a family able to work and take care of each of its members? That is the moral question that could unite many of us.

Crying as a spiritual discipline may change how you see the world

By Benjamin Perry — May 17, 2021
(RNS) — Our religious texts are filled with crying, usually preceding moments of great transformation.

Haredi Jewish women are bucking the patriarchal stereotype of their community

By Michal Raucher — May 17, 2021
(The Conversation) — Women are increasingly making reproductive decisions and working outside the home.

Folk healers create modern techniques from their ancestors’ lost lore

By Isaiah Murtaugh — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — A collective of healers and practitioners is revisiting ancestral practices to become ‘ancestors for the future.’
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