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New effort surveys Sikh students about bullying and school climate in the US

By Alejandra Molina — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'There is a gap between the lived experiences of Sikh kids and what teachers, administrators and policymakers understand,' said Rucha Kaur, community development director for the Sikh Coalition.

Buying Starbucks with gold? A halal investing app is making it possible.

By Kathryn Post — February 3, 2023
(RNS) — Wahed, an Islamic fintech company launched in 2017, now offers brick-and-mortar banks and gold-backed debit cards.

A solemn Buddhist ceremony offers comfort, healing at site of Monterey Park shooting

By Alejandra Molina — February 1, 2023
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (RNS) — ‘If we take hatred for hatred, we will never have peace of mind,’ said the Venerable Chang Ju. ‘We need the wisdom to overcome all this.’

Black women are forced to mourn in public long before they’ve processed privately

By Jennifer R. Farmer — February 1, 2023
(RNS) — Society asks Black women to share their grief as the world looks on.

Kenya’s deaf choir changes minds about ‘burdens’ of disabilities

By Fredrick Nzwili — January 31, 2023
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The choir’s example has helped convince Kenyan churches to embrace deaf culture.

US Hispanic Protestant churches are young, growing and largely new to the country

By Alejandra Molina — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — 'We see more and more English-speaking churches either planting a Hispanic church or adding a service in Spanish to their current congregation,' said Giancarlo Montemayor with Lifeway Recursos.

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.

For today’s Mormons, it’s Food Storage Lite

By Jana Riess — January 26, 2023
(RNS) — From two years to one year to six months to three months: Food storage requirements aren’t what they used to be for Latter-day Saints.

For Gen Z, crystals embed spirituality in the planet

By Kevin Singer — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — They often seem to occupy a place once held by traditional religious beliefs.

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.
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