Health & Lifestyle

New book draws from Torah’s wisdom to help recovering alcoholics

By Fiona André — January 25, 2024
(RNS) — The book gives daily reflection exercises, drawing on AA's famous 12-step method and portions of Jewish Scripture.

Catholic clergy in Uganda accuse the West of a new colonialism through LGBTQ activism

By Tonny Onyulo — January 25, 2024
KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) — Most Ugandan Catholics oppose Pope Francis' recent move to allow priests to administer blessings to same-sex couples.

Pope’s comments on surrogacy land ‘like a ton of bricks’ after allowing same-sex blessings

By Claire Giangravé — January 22, 2024
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis said surrogacy is deplorable, but some claim he is missing the context.

What Taoism teaches about the body and being healthy

By Michael Naparstek — January 10, 2024
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Daoist rituals explains how the indigenous tradition of China understands the human body as being part of the larger cosmos.

William Wilberforce would be scandalized by the pro-factory farming EATS Act

By Charles C. Camosy — December 1, 2023
(RNS) — It's a diabolical end-run around laws that attempt to respect God’s created order.

Bishop T.D. Jakes helps launch online hub to aid faith leaders with mental health tools

By Adelle M. Banks — November 15, 2023
(RNS) — Jakes introduced the ‘Faith and Mental Health Hub,’ a free online course that aims to define mental health, reduce stigma and encourage self-care activities.

How ‘nones’ − the religiously unaffiliated − are finding meaning, purpose and spirituality in psychedelic churches

By Morgan Shipley — October 31, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar who studies alternative expressions of spirituality visited secular, atheist and psychedelic churches and interacted with attendees. Here is what he found.

Want to fix America’s woes? Start by getting to know your neighbors, researcher says

By Bob Smietana — October 18, 2023
(RNS) — Seth Kaplan, a researcher at Johns Hopkins who studies fragile states around the world, argues that rebuilding social capital— including religious congregations — can help address some of the more pressing social problems.

Is religion good for you? The answer is complicated, new global Gallup report finds.

By Bob Smietana — October 10, 2023
(RNS) — A review of 10 years of global polling looks at the complicated connection between spirituality and health.

In ‘My Body, Their Baby,’ a scholar explores the theology of surrogacy

By Bob Smietana — October 6, 2023
(RNS) — In her new book, Grace Kao, a Christian ethicist, recounts carrying a child for friends — and how that experience shaped her theology.

Hoop dreams, with hijab

By Liz Kineke — September 7, 2023
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (RNS) — At a camp called Hooping in Faith, young women build confidence in their identities as athletes and faithful Muslims.

In a new ‘Animal Liberation,’ Peter Singer consolidates advances in animal rights

By Charles C. Camosy — August 11, 2023
(RNS) — ‘A lot has happened in the past 33 years,’ said the ethicist about his update to his classic 1975 book.

Appealing to Orthodox Jews, Israeli media remove women from view

By Michele Chabin — July 21, 2023
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Determined to return women’s images to the public sphere, a feminist Orthodox Israeli has created a unique photo bank of religious Jewish women and their families. It has become a resource for positive images of religious Jewish women.  

The Rev. Steve Pieters, who changed minds about AIDS, dies at 70

By Riley Farrell — July 14, 2023
(RNS) — His vanguard interview with Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker at the time) aired in an era when fear and false information about HIV/AIDS ran rampant in conservative Christian communities.

Large conventions resume for Jehovah’s Witnesses

By Alejandra Molina — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Beginning Friday (June 2), the three-day gathering will be held at the Long Beach Arena in Los Angeles County, the first of 12 conventions at the arena this summer.
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