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Chile hospital integrates Native medicine, birth to death

By Giovanna Dell'orto — August 29, 2022
OSORNO, Chile (AP) — The largest public hospital in the southern Chilean city of Osorno is finding new ways to incorporate Indigenous health practices, a move they say is restoring a crucial spiritual component to health care.

Washington state seeks dismissal of SPU’s suit claiming religious rights violations

By Alejandra Molina — August 23, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The First Amendment does not provide religious organizations with such sweeping immunity that it is unconstitutional for the government simply to ask them for information,’ Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.

‘God is life,’ Rabbi Yonatan Neril on ecological conversion and the war in Ukraine

By Marika Proctor — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development — a Jerusalem-based nonprofit engaged in revealing the connection between religion and ecology worldwide.

Report: Nonreligious LGBTQ people face heightened stigma, conceal their beliefs

By Alejandra Molina — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — A new report details the extent to which nonreligious LGBTQ people experience both religious oppression and anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

Ayurveda’s spiritual science makes inroads among foodies and healers

By Richa Karmarkar — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — At the intersection of science and religion, the ancient art of ayurveda is attracting believers seeking to improve their health by treating soul and body.

Nepal’s holy Bagmati River choked with black sewage, trash

By Binaj Gurubacharya — August 17, 2022
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tainted by garbage and raw sewage that is dumped directly into the waterway, Nepal’s holiest river has deteriorated so greatly that today it is also the country’s most polluted.

Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit

By Kristen Lucken — August 16, 2022
(The Conversation) — Rituals of rest and contemplation are woven into many religious traditions around the world.

Columbia River’s salmon are at the core of ancient religion

By Deepa Bharath — August 16, 2022
ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — For thousands of years, Native tribes in this area have relied on Nch’i-Wána, or 'the great river,' for its salmon and steelhead trout, and its surrounding areas for the fields bearing edible roots, medicinal herbs and berry bushes as well as the deer and elk whose meat and hides are used for food and ritual.

Clergy, social workers fear fallout from Okla. abortion laws

By Sean Murphy — August 15, 2022
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Clergy members, social workers and even librarians have raised concerns about being exposed to criminal or civil liability for just discussing the topic.

Report: Catholic clergy’s unquestioned — and uneducated — power spurs abuse

By Alejandra Molina — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — The report, 'Beyond Bad Apples,' looks at systemic causes behind the clergy sex abuse scandal of past decades.

Non-affirming views continue to complicate HIV/AIDS response in Black churches

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — A new study highlights an overall negative attitude toward homosexuality in the Black church. Now, Black LGBT clergy members are working to combat stigma in congregations about the public health issues of HIV and AIDS.

Most Americans today are choosing cremation – here’s why burials are becoming less common

By David Sloane — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — As late as 1970, only about 5% of Americans chose to be cremated. In 2020, more than 56% Americans opted for it.

Itching to get away this summer? Remember the six stages of transformative travel

By Jaco J. Hamman — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — The pandemic has intensified wanderlust – but also the need for mindful, ethical travel.

Wisconsin megachurch pastor Stuart Briscoe, lifelong broadcast evangelist, dies at 91

By Riley Farrell — August 5, 2022
(RNS) — His Wisconsin church remains the largest in the state, and his media ministry, 'Telling the Truth,' continues to broadcast online and on the radio.

Sikh Americans honor 10th anniversary of Oak Creek shooting

By Alejandra Molina — August 2, 2022
(RNS) — It remains the deadliest act of anti-Sikh hate in U.S. history — now Sikhs are standing in solidarity with other faith communities that have since fallen victim to violent hate crimes.
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