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Clergy of color face unprecedented mental health challenges

By Deepa Bharath and Adelle M. Banks — June 2, 2022
(AP/RNS) — Exhausted faith leaders are left with serious questions about how to care for their own physical and mental well-being while helping congregants in a meaningful way.

How the role and visibility of chaplains changed over the past century

By Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs — June 1, 2022
(The Conversation) — Chaplaincy emerged as a professional field in the mid-20th century. In the years since, their roles have evolved and they have also come to include many diverse religious traditions.

Campus ministries, counselors join to tackle mental health

By Giovanna Dell’Orto and Kathryn Post — June 1, 2022
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/RNS) — On Ivy League campuses, large public institutions and faith-based colleges, chaplains and psychologists are teaming up.

Lee University considers limiting student speech on gender

By Associated Press — May 23, 2022
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — If approved, the policy presented to faculty and staff this month would not allow students to identify as anything other than their biological sex.

Should religion influence abortion policy?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — Your theological claim cannot be the law of the land. This is America and this is 2022.

DeSantis can’t unwrite Disney’s history of ‘saying gay’

By Brandon Ambrosino — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — I don’t need Disney to publicly condemn DeSantis’ politics so I am able to feel valued as a gay man. I feel that way every time I set foot on Disney property.

What I learned when I got COVID

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — This is what ‘positive thinking’ can get you. In the midst of it all, COVID-19 became my rabbi.

Faith-based foodies don’t stop at kosher or halal in search of sustainable eating

By Diana Kruzman — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — Eco-kosher and eco-halal devotees are less concerned with strict religious approval than faith-based food justice.

Some Catholic abortion foes are uneasy about overturning Roe

By David Crary — May 13, 2022
(AP) — Some anti-abortion Catholics caution that Catholic leaders should distance themselves from the politically partisan wing of the anti-abortion movement.

Deconstructing? There’s a coach for that.

By Ericka Andersen — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — A growing slate of resources is geared at helping people ‘decolonize’ and ‘deconstruct’ the Christianity that was taught to them.

Why post-Roe abortion bans must exempt religious Jews

By Jay Michaelson — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — Jewish law not only permits abortion, but in certain cases requires it.

Queer Muslim group aims to conduct largest survey of LGBTQ Muslims in the US

By Alejandra Molina — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — The survey’s goal is to recognize the political needs of LGBTQ Muslims, who according to Queer Crescent are erased from the broader Muslim narrative.

The Global COVID-19 Summit left children off its agenda. The church should not.

By Albert L. Reyes — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — More than 5 million children have lost a primary or secondary caregiver to COVID-19.

Alito and public opinion reveal link between Roe and broader white Christian nationalist agenda

By Robert P. Jones — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Attitudes on abortion are strongly correlated with a worldview that denies systemic racism and pines for a 1950s America.

Overturning Roe v. Wade inches us back toward the arc of justice

By Karen Swallow Prior — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — Overturning Roe v. Wade will put abortion laws back at the state level, which only means that pro-life work is far from over.
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