Health & Lifestyle

India’s pioneering transgender activist defends gains in pandemic

By Priyadarshini Sen — July 7, 2020

(RNS) — After helping win a landmark court case for India’s transgender people, Ranjita Sinha has mobilized to counter the community’s drastic loss of jobs and health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

We need more people with disabilities to get the chance Tafida Raqeeb has

By Charles C. Camosy — June 29, 2020

(RNS) — In a culture that values autonomy, faith traditions must speak up for the most vulnerable members of the human family who cannot do so in their own defense.

Survey: Most Americans aren’t comfortable going back to religious services

By Yonat Shimron — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — The only religious group comfortable with church reopenings was white evangelicals — strong partisan supporters of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump.

How millennials make meaning from shopping, decorating and self-pampering

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 23, 2020

(RNS) — We are experiencing a dot-com bubble for spirituality, a free marketplace of innovation and religious disruption.

The future of the church may belong to the fecund, but not the nuclear family

By Holly Stallcup — June 18, 2020

(RNS) — The church’s focus on the family, renewed in a recent article by Kevin DeYoung, pushes to the margins those whose lives don’t include bearing and rearing children.

Why CrossFit’s founder got crossed up by Floyd protests

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 16, 2020

(RNS) — Instead of capitalizing on the unrest, Greg Glassman espoused the values of the wellness movement’s masculine wing, where Horatio Alger does pull-ups with his bootstraps.

As coronavirus restrictions loosen, congregations grapple with including older adults

By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2020

(RNS) — Unable to access spiritual sustenance or the comforts of community, many older adults are isolated and lonely. Houses of worship are just beginning to chart ways to reach them.

Faith-driven activism is pushing this California county to declare racism a public health crisis

By Alejandra Molina — June 10, 2020

(RNS) — This effort emerged the last week of May, days after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police during an arrest. 

Enneagram 201: It’s not just about knowing your type

By Jana Riess — June 10, 2020

“If there’s any aspect of ourselves that we do not give permission to belong, then the truth is that no part of ourselves can fully belong,” says Enneagram teacher Christopher Heuertz.

Why American evangelicals are so tempted by the easy assurance of conspiracy theories

By D.L. Mayfield — June 5, 2020

(RNS) — This is how conspiracy theories do their damage, by pulling us away from the real problem and the more complex but lasting solutions.

Fear won’t win the coronavirus fight

By Rick McDaniel — May 22, 2020

(RNS) — Fear breeds fear. The more we focus on it, the more exaggerated and distorted it becomes. Fear keeps us from loving deeply, giving freely and dreaming wildly.

My last conversation with Darrin Patrick

By Tony Jones — May 21, 2020

(RNS) — Darrin was a pastor, through and through. So after he had fallen and been fired from a church he founded, he subjected himself to a restoration process that was, by all accounts, brutal and exhausting.

A 24-hour online vigil will name some of the people who have died of COVID-19

By Yonat Shimron — May 19, 2020

(RNS) — The effort seeks to humanize and honor the people who have died. It’s part of a marathon reading of names with songs and prayers interspersed.

The Mask Project offers jobs to unemployed and masks to Arizona’s hardest-hit communities

By Jacob Wirtschafter — May 18, 2020

PHOENIX (RNS) — Founded by Arizona Jews for Justice, The Mask Project aids the state’s Latino and Native American communities, which have been hit particularly hard by both the novel coronavirus and the economic fallout.

Let fat people speak for themselves — that’s the way you end ‘fatphobia’

By J. Nicole Morgan — May 15, 2020

(RNS) — I wish The Liturgists’ recent podcast episode had not just talked about fat people, but talked with fat people. I am, however, grateful for the conversations it has sparked.

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