IFYC/RNS 2021 Religion Journalism Fellowship

Ramadan and Eid came back to mosques this year, but home prayer rooms are here to stay

By Tasmiha Khan — May 2, 2022
(RNS) — During the pandemic, many Muslim families set aside special areas in their houses for prayer and decorated them accordingly.

Bringing the Torah’s ‘Sabbath of the land’ to Jewish American farmers

By Sara Badilini — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — The tradition of shmita, a Jewish answer to how to fight climate change, is spreading beyond Israel.

Bride’s side or groom’s? How photographers navigate gender-segregated weddings

By Tasmiha Khan — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — Capturing a family’s special moments can be a challenge in faith communities where being in the presence of the opposite sex can be seen as a religious violation.

With ‘Christian cannabis,’ a pastor is promoting the spiritual side of marijuana

By Diana Kruzman — March 29, 2022
(RNS) — Craig Gross believes he can convince Christians to give getting high a try.

Amid book bans, Muslim authors, parents advocate for children’s books representing Islam

By Tasmiha Khan — February 21, 2022
(RNS) — For some Muslim children's book authors, the recent book bans have highlighted the need for schools to de-escalate diversity as a hot-button issue.

Houses of worship grapple with the future of their online services

By Diana Kruzman — February 14, 2022
(RNS) — Two years into the pandemic, more religious institutions are asking themselves what a hybrid approach can and should look like.

Rain gardens are a practical, ecological and theological solution for houses of worship

By Sara Badilini — February 9, 2022
(RNS) — A common environmentally friendly solution to flooding, rain gardens satisfy a common theological thread running through many faiths.

Indigenous Mormons struggle to balance pride in the faith with LDS history

By Diana Kruzman — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Some are calling out historical injustices the church has carried out against Native Americans, even as others find their faith empowering.

Muslims in interfaith bonds are proliferating. Imams willing to marry them are not.

By Sara Badilini — January 10, 2022
(RNS) — One out of five Muslims is in an interfaith relationship, surveys suggest. But few imams are willing to conform the traditional Muslim wedding ceremony to their needs, couples say.

How anti-Muslim bias on campus harms students’ education

By Tasmiha Khan — December 28, 2021
(RNS) — Some students and their advocates say anti-Muslim bias is as much a problem as discrimination against other ethnic or racial groups.

How COVID-19 has made the lives of aspiring clergy more daunting

By Camille Daniels — December 27, 2021
(RNS) — The increasing stressors of being a pastor in a pandemic are affecting how many seminarians are thinking about their mental health and their careers.

How Ohio’s Indigenous sacred sites became a religious flashpoint

By Diana Kruzman — December 21, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — A battle for access to sacred sites is taking place, from mountains in Arizona to rivers in North Dakota, aimed at fending off developers or government agencies to preserve the physical integrity directly linked to their spiritual value. 

In Catholic Italy, ‘de-baptism’ is gaining popularity

By Sara Badilini — November 16, 2021
(RNS) — Though data is sparse, the church and Italian atheists agree that the 2-decade-old process is becoming more common.

Indigenous and faith leaders urge Procter & Gamble to end logging of old-growth forests

By Diana Kruzman — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — Activists pressuring the company to source materials in Canada and Southeast Asia more ethically say it’s not just an environmental issue, but also a spiritual one.
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