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Book clubs continue to be a source of community support for members looking for conversation around topics that can be challenging to tackle alone. Courtesy image by StockSnap from Pixabay/Creative Commons

Evangelical disillusionment is finding a home in book clubs

By Isaiah Murtaugh — March 25, 2021

(RNS) — Evangelicals who are questioning often do so in isolation — but some are now looking for community. And they’re finding it in book clubs, reading the growing market of deconstructionist and justice-oriented literature.

The Seder Plate holds all the ritual foods for the Seder. Image from “The Promise of the Land: A Passover Haggadah” by Rabbi Ellen Bernstein. Art by Galia Goodman

This Passover, kosher pig’s on the menu

By Joshua Hammerman — March 25, 2021

(RNS) — Modern Jewish life is filled with kosher pigs, utter inconsistencies we sometimes hardly notice; but they are there, and they are enlightening.

In a number of religions including Hinduism, the swastika is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune. Image courtesy of Nidhi Srivastava via Flickr/Creative Commons

The swastika and the 4 H’s

By Khyati Y. Joshi — March 24, 2021

(RNS) — Banning the swastika, or writing laws that treat it as only a Nazi symbol, would violate the First Amendment. Just as important, bans sidestep the real issue such as dealing with our differences and coexisting as Americans.  

Left, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld and Pastor Clarence C. Moore. Left courtesy of Julie Schonfeld, right from screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Don’t throw away your shot’

By Julie Schonfeld — March 23, 2021

(RNS) — ‘The mayor’s office called, wanting to take a shot with me, but the mayor was too slow. When he called I had already gotten my shot!’ said Pastor Clarence C. Moore, senior pastor of the New Era Church in Indianapolis.

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Praying with Mennonites

By Patton Dodd — March 22, 2021

(RNS) — A dozen or so Mennonites in San Antonio, meeting for prayer at 6:30 a.m. on Zoom, have seen their prayers answered again and again. 

Luz Gallegos, left, executive director of TODEC Legal Center, holds a vaccine information workshop for agricultural workers, Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Thermal, California. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

In Coachella Valley migrant community, the COVID-19 death of a beloved priest helps spur vaccinations

By Alejandra Molina — March 19, 2021

THERMAL, Calif. (RNS) — The passing of the Rev. Francisco Valdovinos has ignited a consciousness around public health and COVID-19 prevention.

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In Germany, Vatican ban on blessing same-sex couples catches church ‘in process’

By Claire Giangravé — March 19, 2021

(RNS) — The Vatican’s note, many Catholics believe, was prompted by the resumption of the German church’s ongoing discussions about same-sex couples, which had been interrupted during the pandemic. 

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How pleading ‘sexual addiction’ protects evangelical men

By Kelsy Burke, Samuel L. Perry — March 19, 2021

(RNS) — Given Long’s exposure to Christian porn addiction recovery rhetoric, it likely contributed to his claim that his out-of-control sex addiction fueled his atrocious violence.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 8, 2010 file photo, from left, Liege Bishop Aloysius Jousten, Brussels Archbishop Andre Leonard, Tournai Bishop Guy Harpigny and Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny attend a press conference at the Vatican. Belgian bishop Johan Bonny, in an opinion piece, has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

By Raf Casert — March 17, 2021

(RNS) — Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny wrote in an opinion piece Wednesday that he feels ‘shame for my Church’.

FILE - In this Sunday, May 10, 2020 file photo, the Rev. Fabian Fabian Arias offers a blessing over the head of a family member after leading an in-home funeral service for Graciela Ruiz Martinez who died of COVID-19, in the Queens borough of New York. For the first time during the pandemic, Arias performed funeral services in private homes — donning a surgical mask and gloves to join the mourning families, starting that weekend. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience

By Luis Andres Henao, David Crary, Mariam Fam — March 13, 2021

(AP) — The pandemic, said one assistant pastor, “has called us to rethink and re-imagine what our philosophy of ministering really is in the age of COVID.”

Yoga classes are becoming more prevalent in America’s schools. Africa Studio via

Alabama House votes to end yoga ban, but don’t say ‘namaste’

By Kim Chandler — March 13, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Board of Education voted in 1993 to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms.

FILE - In this Monday, May 18, 2020, file photo, people use a hand-washing station installed for members of the public entering a market in Dodoma, Tanzania. Tanzania's COVID-denying president John Magufuli, on Friday Feb. 19, 2021, called on citizens for three days of prayer to defeat unnamed

Amid deadly resurgence, Tanzanian officials maintain they can pray the ‘coronavirus devil’ away

By Tonny Onyulo — March 12, 2021

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (RNS) — Some religious leaders have even proclaimed the country free of the coronavirus because of the power of prayer. Meanwhile, the government has refused to report any data on the number of cases in the country.

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‘Silence is not an option’: Harold Braswell on Canada’s new assisted suicide law

By Charles C. Camosy — March 12, 2021

(RNS) — The law, passed this week, extends the right to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) to disabled people.

In this July 10, 2018, file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, from left, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry stand on a balcony to watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the story behind their departure from royal duties directly to the public on Sunday, March 7, 2021, when their two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey was broadcast. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Why I empathize with Harry and Meghan

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 8, 2021

(RNS) — So the British royal family is screwed up. Aren’t we all?

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Being ‘godless’ might be good for your health, new study finds

By Bob Smietana — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — Several new studies are challenging the idea that being an atheist leads to poor health.

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