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Five years after his death, Leonard Cohen is more than ever a man for our times

By Marcia Pally — December 4, 2021
(RNS) — In dark times, Cohen helps us answer: How did we get here?
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It’s back: Purity Culture 2.0, Gen Z style

By Devi Abraham — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Purity culture lives on, and a new generation of influencers on social media is pushing it mainstream.

Why Mississippi’s anti-abortion law is also an assault on LGBTQ+ rights

By Danya Ruttenberg — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Dodd v. Jackson Women’s Health is important to anyone who wants autonomy over their body.

‘To those who celebrate.’ What’s up with that?

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — It is a rather timid religious expression. Why do we insist on saying it?

This Hanukkah, learn about the holiday’s forgotten heroes: Women

By Alan Avery-Peck — December 1, 2021
(The Conversation) — The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which in 2021 began on Nov. 28, focuses on the story of the Maccabees. But women are also heroes in stories about that era, including Judith and Hannah.

Biden brings a menorah lighting back to the White House, rededicating a Hanukkah tradition from the 20th century

By Jonathan D. Sarna — December 1, 2021
(The Conversation) — Every president since Jimmy Carter has recognized Hanukkah with a special menorah lighting ceremony.

After Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic standup, here’s the apology that was missing

By Mark Silk — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Boebert refused Ilhan Omar’s request to apologize to her publicly.

America sacramentalizes guns as God’s gift to the good. This is heresy.

By Thomas Reese — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Recent high-profile murder cases show America's gun culture overwhelming its ability to protect its citizens.

Mormon tithing, revisited

By Jana Riess — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — When I paid tithing to the church, the logistics of sitting down to do it might take up five minutes of my month. Now, it requires a good deal more time and consideration.

Build Back Better or quit? Time to choose

By Diane Randall — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Scores of faith-based organizations and constituents have talked to Congress about the moral imperative of the president’s bill.

In Biden’s visit with the pope, a page from Reagan’s playbook?

By Steven P. Millies — November 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — Joe Biden may be only the country’s second Catholic president, but a long line of U.S. leaders have met with popes over the years.

Money, schools and religion: A controversial combo returns to the Supreme Court

By Charles J. Russo — November 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — Carson v. Makin, a case from Maine about aid to students attending religious schools, goes to the Supreme Court on Dec. 8, 2021.

Celebrating the insurrection of Hanukkah in a year of insurrection

By Brad Hirschfield — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Hanukkah, the story of a second-century BCE insurrection, can shed light on our view of Jan. 6.
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