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Students across country walk out, allege LGBTQ discrimination at religious schools

By Alejandra Molina — October 10, 2022
(RNS) — 'You can just see there's this pattern and movement happening of students and employees at these Christian universities finally saying, ‘enough is enough,'' said Chloe Guillot, a graduate student at Seattle Pacific University.

Do it today

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 9, 2022
(RNS) — An obscure quote in an old Polish synagogue sent me on the search for the meaning of life.

The Satanic Temple takes aim at Idaho, Indiana abortion bans

By Rebecca Boone — October 6, 2022
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Salem, Massachusetts-based group contends that the abortion bans infringe on the rights of members who may want to practice the temple's 'abortion ritual.'

Survey: Catholics, Hispanics, young people most likely to voice climate concerns

By Alejandra Molina — October 5, 2022
(RNS) — Additionally, American Catholics were found to be five times more likely to express that climate change is a shared responsibility than their non-Catholic counterparts.

Netflix’s ‘Sins of Our Mother’: A haunting study of a personal spiritual apocalypse

By Jillian Cheney — October 3, 2022
(RNS) — Where’s the line between spiritual awakening and a psychotic episode?

Nonreligious women of color convene to talk Christian nationalism, reproductive rights

By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It cannot all be focused on church and state separation. That’s not going to work for people of color, specifically women of color,’ said one organizer of the Women of Color Beyond Belief conference.

As a country we’re in need of healing. Here’s how Shabbat can help.

By Aliza Kline — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — The ancient Jewish ritual of Shabbat, especially Friday night dinners, can help young adults navigate the obstacles to well-being.

California legalizes human composting bill against opposition by Catholic bishops

By Alejandra Molina — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — California is now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show 'respect for the body of the deceased.'

How St. Louis churches are revealing the disparities in the air we breathe

By Britny Cordera — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — Congregations in St. Louis are working with local scientists to monitor the air quality in communities affected by industrial pollution.

How faith leaders are responding to Jackson’s water crisis

By Jemar Tisby — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'Churches throughout the city of Jackson across denomination, class and race have engaged in water distributions at their churches or by giving water away in other ways,' said C.J. Rhodes, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church.

Suicide is not a sin to be judged

By Jacob Lupfer — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — Views among believers and faith leaders concerning suicide have evolved to be more sensitive and compassionate.

The scandal of evangelical Christian friendship

By Karen Swallow Prior — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — Christians more than anyone else ought to have the most robust and healthiest understanding of friendship, including, or especially, those between men and women.

Nearly 200 religious colleges deemed ‘unsafe’ for LGBTQ students by Campus Pride

By Alejandra Molina — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — 'Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice, bigotry, and hate,' said Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer.

California congressman demands more transparency from health care sharing ministries

By Alejandra Molina — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘These are businesses … masquerading as health plans that somehow follow biblical principles,’ said U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman.

Yoga versus democracy? What survey data says about spiritual Americans’ political behavior

By Evan Stewart and Jaime Kucinskas — September 3, 2022
(The Conversation) — As the US gets less religious, some thinkers warn that it may get more selfish as people engage less with their communities. A team of scholars decided to investigate that concern.
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