The challenges of being a religious scientist

By Christopher P. Scheitle — November 28, 2023
(The Conversation) — Stereotypes about religion and science can create challenges for religious grad students.
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From past to present, Jews speak out in one voice

By Beth Kissileff — November 24, 2023
(RNS) — What does it mean for Jews to speak out at this moment?

We need to hear from the presidential candidates about poverty

By David Beckmann — November 24, 2023
(RNS) — Our leadership should be responsive to those who come to mind in our Thanksgiving prayers.

The secret recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 24, 2023
(RNS) — May you know when to eat the leftovers, and when to make the compost pile, and may God give you the wisdom to know the difference.

A fire at a historic Chevy Chase ward raises the question: What is Mormon community now?

By Jana Riess — November 22, 2023
(RNS) — Latter-day Saints used to be geniuses at creating community. We need that again now more than ever.

How to talk about the Israel-Hamas conflict at Thanksgiving

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 22, 2023
(RNS) — How to avoid toxic conversations at Thanksgiving. Here is a prayer that you can use.

In America, national parks are more than scenic − they’re sacred. But they were created at a cost to Native Americans

By Thomas S. Bremer — November 22, 2023
(The Conversation) — The idea of Manifest Destiny inspired Americans to push west, leading to the creation of the first national parks. But those beliefs spelled removal for many Native American groups.

Demanding peace even in the absence of war in Israel and Gaza

By Russell P. Johnson — November 21, 2023
(Sightings) — For those not directly affected, direct violence shouts, while structural violence whispers.

Is American media coverage of the Israel-Hamas war biased?

By Mark Silk — November 21, 2023
(RNS) — The difference between U.S. outlets and Israeli ones is a matter of hope.

Thanksgiving stories gloss over the history of US settlement on Native lands

By Lisa Michelle King — November 21, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Native American and Indigenous rhetorics writes about the harm done to Native American nations through colonization and what can be done to reduce it.

Don’t go into a relationship — or institution — thinking you can change them

By Karen Swallow Prior — November 20, 2023
(RNS) — I thought for a long time I could help the church change. How foolish. How prideful.

Before we find peace in the Mideast, we have to stop seeing only the ‘other’

By Vishavjit Singh — November 17, 2023
(RNS) — A memory of being vilified for one's faith makes the Israeli-Hamas conflict feel more raw and dangerous.

Mormonism and the soft prosperity gospel

By Jana Riess — November 17, 2023
(RNS) — The LDS Church doesn't teach that God wants you to be rich. But it does promote a 'Plan of Happiness' that emphasizes your very own personal flourishing.
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