Health & Lifestyle

Muslim ICE detainees in Miami forced to choose between pork or rotten halal food, lawyers say

By Aysha Khan — August 19, 2020

(RNS) — The ICE chaplain reportedly dismissed Muslim detainees’ repeated complaints by saying, ‘It is what it is,’ the legal advocates allege. 

Yogi Bhajan, yoga guru and founder of 3HO, ‘more likely than not’ sexually abused followers, says report

By Philip Deslippe, Stacie Stukin — August 18, 2020

(RNS) — The report details a range of alleged abuses against women and female minors that include rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Bhajan is best known for introducing Kundalini Yoga to the West and formed a worldwide community of 3HO ashrams.

How a quarantine matchmaking project for Muslims found itself navigating anti-Blackness

By Aysha Khan — August 10, 2020

(RNS) — Through Eye Meets Soul, a virtual blind matchmaking experience for Muslim millennials, founders hoped personal appearance, race and ethnicity would fade into the background. Easier said than done.

As Massachusetts bans female genital cutting, survivors and activists celebrate

By Aysha Khan — August 7, 2020

(RNS) — After seven years of advocacy by survivors and activists in the state, Massachusetts is now one of 39 states in the U.S. that has criminalized female genital mutilation and cutting.

To cope with pandemic, Americans choose binge-watching TV over the Bible

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 7, 2020

(RNS) — A Pew Research Center survey released Friday (Aug. 7) found that TV, exercise and friends are more popular ways of coping with the pandemic than prayer or the Bible.

Vatican official criticizes ‘senseless politics’ in US and UK surrounding pandemic response

By Claire Giangravé — July 23, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘These small battles, these seemingly important skirmishes, risk losing the war,’ Vatican official Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said. ‘We are either all saved, or no one is.’

My spiritual path through the COVID-19 darkness

By Kalpana Jain — July 21, 2020

(RNS) — The medical system had done all that it could for me. Now I had to listen to my body and have faith in its wisdom.

Anti-maskers: You are the reason we can’t have nice things

By Jana Riess — July 16, 2020

(RNS) — Instead of rejoicing that masks give us a safe, cheap and effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19, some Americans are resisting in the name of ‘freedom.’ Freedom for whom?

Months into COVID-19, funeral directors and clergy continue to innovate death care

By Alejandra Molina — July 10, 2020

(RNS) — Spurred by lockdowns, funeral homes, green burial conservations and houses of faith are innovating to adjust to a new normal of death care.

Vatican-owned hospital makes history by separating conjoined twins

By Claire Giangravé — July 9, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘When you encounter lives that can be saved, it must be done. We cannot and we must not turn our gaze away,’ said Mariella Enoc, the president of the hospital Bambino Gesú, where the twins were successfully separated days before their second birthday.

India’s pioneering transgender activist defends gains in pandemic

By Priyadarshini Sen — July 7, 2020

(RNS) — After helping win a landmark court case for India’s transgender people, Ranjita Sinha has mobilized to counter the community’s drastic loss of jobs and health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

We need more people with disabilities to get the chance Tafida Raqeeb has

By Charles C. Camosy — June 29, 2020

(RNS) — In a culture that values autonomy, faith traditions must speak up for the most vulnerable members of the human family who cannot do so in their own defense.

Survey: Most Americans aren’t comfortable going back to religious services

By Yonat Shimron — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — The only religious group comfortable with church reopenings was white evangelicals — strong partisan supporters of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump.

How millennials make meaning from shopping, decorating and self-pampering

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — We are experiencing a dot-com bubble for spirituality, a free marketplace of innovation and religious disruption.

The future of the church may belong to the fecund, but not the nuclear family

By Holly Stallcup — June 18, 2020

(RNS) — The church’s focus on the family, renewed in a recent article by Kevin DeYoung, pushes to the margins those whose lives don’t include bearing and rearing children.

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