Life & Culture

New show ‘The Promised Land’ tells Moses’ story in the style of ‘The Office’

By Kathryn Post — July 18, 2024
(RNS) — RNS spoke with writer and director Mitch Hudson, who is also a crew member on 'The Chosen,' about what's next for the new series.
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On anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s death, her art’s spirituality keeps fans engaged around the globe

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — July 16, 2024
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Her take on life and spirituality sparked a connection between her paintings and her viewers, many of whom remain passionate admirers of her work on the 70th anniversary of her death.

The Knights of Columbus will cover Rupnik mosaics, pending investigation

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 12, 2024
(RNS) — The lay Catholic men’s organization said it may cover the artwork in plaster after the conclusion of the Vatican's investigation into Rupnik's alleged sexual abuse.

Online spaces create community for spiritual yoga practitioners

By Ellie Davis — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — Yoga churches, and the people who lead them, represent the evolving landscape of spirituality in America, blending ancient wisdom with modern practices to create a supportive community for seekers of all backgrounds.

Artist Tobi Kahn receives ‘chaver’ honor, an ancient tradition with a modern twist

By Chloë-Arizona Fodor — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — The German-Jewish title with ancient roots is granted to those who exhibit significant spiritual and material leadership in their community.

American Hindu parents are finding innovative ways to pass the faith on to their kids

By Richa Karmarkar — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — 'It's a religion of understanding and of knowledge, not of faith. And I think that kind of vibes with the modern generation,' said Instagram's The Hindu Grandma.

Why the Olympic Games are a ‘civil religious’ ceremony with a global congregation

By Terry Shoemaker — July 8, 2024
(The Conversation) — Sporting events form a vital space where Americans display their ‘civil religious devotion,’ according to a scholar of religion and sports.

The Camino, a Catholic pilgrimage, increasingly draws the spiritual but not religious

By Ellie Davis — July 1, 2024
(RNS) — Today people embark on the Camino for all kinds of motivations beyond religion: health, grief, transition, history and adventure. 

‘Kinds of Kindness’: Three cautionary tales of devotion gone too far

By Michael Woolf — June 28, 2024
(RNS) — We may be made for devotion, but what it does to us is hard to watch.

Dying of cancer, Amy Low finds meaning in the mundane of life

By Bob Smietana — June 27, 2024
(RNS) — In a new memoir, writer and cancer patient Amy Low describes the lessons she's learned while facing her mortality.

Pope Francis may have surprised many by inviting comedians to the Vatican, but the value of humor has deep roots in Catholic tradition

By Joanne M. Pierce — June 27, 2024
(The Conversation) — Catholic theologians and monastics have always encouraged humor, emphasizing its power to heal and bring cultures together.

New York City celebrates the 10th International Day of Yoga

By Richa Karmarkar — June 21, 2024
NEW YORK (RNS) — In bustling Times Square, hundreds of yoga practitioners gathered to celebrate International Day of Yoga: an initiative from the UN that marks a decade this year.

Southern Baptists may have rejected a constitutional amendment opposing female pastors, but that does not mean they are changing their views on women’s leadership in church

By Susan M. Shaw — June 18, 2024
(The Conversation) — A scholar who studies Southern Baptists explains why the denomination’s ultraconservative beliefs about women remain the same.
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