Health & Lifestyle

‘Is this when we disappear?’ Rapture triggers haunt the Left Behind generation

By Kathryn Post — April 17, 2023
(RNS) — For some, fear-saturated stories about the rapture can generate lifelong panic, paranoia and anxiety.

A grain farmer applies Buddhist principles to preserve the land — and maximize taste

By Shaina Shealy — April 12, 2023
(RNS) — Food and farming have always served as outlets for Mai Nguyen’s Buddhist practice. But a decade ago the Californian applied the faith's teachings of interconnectedness to a holistic approach to farming.

Fish sandwiches, Lenten discipline and the spirituality of consumerism

By Jacob Lupfer — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — Lent still has the power to modify some of the most scrupulously managed menus in the sector.

Eggs are in short supply. The crisis is bigger than a nontraditional Seder plate.

By Jonathan Bernhard — April 4, 2023
(RNS) — Let our missing Passover eggs prompt us to think about the meaning of kosher.

Prayer rug design project aims to highlight Islam’s diversity in US and Latin America

By Alejandra Molina — April 3, 2023
(RNS) — Mustafa Dustin Craun wants to create a conversation around family, place and belonging, asking: 'If you could design a prayer rug that reflects the place that you live, what would that look like?'

When is it ‘a time to die’?

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — A new documentary and podcast ask the question: When is it enough?

Across the country, a push to observe Muslim holidays in school calendars

By Alejandra Molina — March 17, 2023
(RNS) — Efforts to designate Eid as a school holiday are driven by students, and not just in schools with large Muslim populations.

Catholic system pulls out of Connecticut hospital merger

By Associated Press — March 17, 2023
PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — The proposed merger had raised concerns about the fate of reproductive health in the mostly rural region.

Nuns, friars partner to explore future for iconic shuttered Hollywood monastery

By Alejandra Molina — March 10, 2023
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The chapel, gift shop and beloved peanut brittle and pumpkin bread business have remained open.

Documentary on Robert Putnam urges Americans to ‘Join or Die’

By Yonat Shimron — March 2, 2023
(RNS) — In their new documentary, filmmakers Pete and Rebecca Davis suggest joining a club — or a religious congregation — may be the key to the nation’s democratic renewal.

For many congregations, wiping out medical debt has become a popular calling

By Yonat Shimron — March 1, 2023
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — While donations from religious groups constitute less than 20% of RIP Medical Debt's overall revenue, they are becoming an increasingly common way for congregations to do social justice.

Mormonism’s slow shift away from demonizing working mothers

By Jana Riess — March 1, 2023
(RNS) — The LDS church used to vilify working mothers. Then it began to quietly tolerate them. Now it has begun to celebrate their achievements.

Is the consumerist West headed toward killing those with dementia?

By Charles C. Camosy — February 28, 2023
(RNS) — We imagine anyone who needs help to thrive as a ‘burden,’ and thus the compassionate thing to do is end their lives. This is terribly ableist.

Could churches be prime locations for EV charging stations? One company thinks so. 

By Amethyst Holmes — February 23, 2023
(RNS) — Churches, with their large parking lots that often sit empty during the week, could help provide a solution to the growing demand for electric vehicle charging stations.

A prayer for Bruce Willis

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 21, 2023
(RNS) — The famous actor is on a journey. Many of us know the GPS.
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