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It’s beyond time to remove bans on religious attire from sports uniforms

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 4, 2022
(RNS) — Kids shouldn't have to choose between love of sport and love of religion.

In LA, ‘Atheist Pirates’ remove religious signs from public streets and overpasses

By Alejandra Molina — March 3, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘The only way we can have streets that are welcoming to all is if all religions can equally go through them and be on them without feeling like they are less than.’

California bill could make it easier for houses of faith to build affordable housing

By Alejandra Molina — February 28, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat in Oakland, introduced a piece of legislation on Feb. 16 that would reduce residential parking requirements for newly built religious institutions to allow for the construction of housing.

In Somaliland, COVID brings ‘cutters’ door to door for girls

By Cara Anna — February 28, 2022
HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — Experts say instances of FGM rose alarmingly during the pandemic in Somaliland and other parts of Africa as lockdowns kept girls out of school.

Rejection or welcome: Transgender Catholics encounter both

By David Crary — February 27, 2022
(AP) — A small but growing number of parishes have formed LGBTQ support groups and welcome transgender people on their own terms.

Anger and confusion in Arizona

By Phyllis Zagano — February 25, 2022
(RNS) — What is going on in the Grand Canyon State?

Houses of faith are building affordable housing on their properties

By Alejandra Molina — February 23, 2022
(RNS) — The national nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners on Wednesday (Feb. 23) announced $8.5 million in grants from the Wells Fargo Foundation to help houses of worship convert underutilized land into affordable homes and community facilities.

Colombia’s highest court legalizes abortion up to 24 weeks

By Manuel Rueda — February 23, 2022
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In Colombia, where a majority of the population identifies as Roman Catholic abortion has long been a controversial issue.

Can religion and faith combat eco-despair?

By Rita D. Sherma — February 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — As anxiety over the climate and environmental degradation rises, a scholar argues that teachings from religion and spirituality need to inform discussions on sustainability.

What do students’ beliefs about God have to do with grades and going to college?

By Ilana Horwitz — February 15, 2022
(The Conversation) — Researchers have spent decades studying how demographics affect American students’ opportunities and performance, but many questions remain about religion and school.

Unvaccinated medical workers turn to religious exemptions

By Heather Hollingsworth — February 15, 2022
(AP) — Religious exemptions are increasingly becoming a workaround for unvaccinated hospital and nursing home workers who want to keep their jobs in the face of federal mandates.

Enrollment in US Catholic schools rebounds after sharp drop

By Luis Andres Henao — February 15, 2022
(AP) — This is the first increase in two decades and the largest jump in at least five decades.

This god shoots love darts – but no, it’s not Cupid

By Jeffery D. Long — February 14, 2022
(The Conversation) — Kamadeva, also known as Madana, is the Hindu god of love, desire and infatuation.

New academic journal will challenge notion that religions hate queer and trans people

By Alejandra Molina — February 11, 2022
(RNS) — 'When we say a particular religion hates queer people, we’re erasing the queer people in that religion,' said Melissa M. Wilcox, a religious studies professor at the University of California at Riverside.

Study: Clergy feel ill-equipped to help Black and Latino congregants with mental health

By Alejandra Molina — February 9, 2022
(RNS) — Pastors, whether they want to be or not, 'are on the front lines of this mental health crisis,' said an author of the study.
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