The fruit of the Spirit is not optional, despite what you might witness online

By Karen Swallow Prior — September 29, 2023
(RNS) — Before social media, I honestly never knew people who claimed to be Christians would treat one another with such cruelty.
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Why some Indians want to change the country’s name to ‘Bharat’

By Phillip M. Carter — September 29, 2023
(The Conversation) — The government’s use of the Hindi word for ‘India’ revives debates over whether Hindi should be the national language – and reopens some old wounds.

Will Mormon service missions become a thing of the past?

By Jana Riess — September 28, 2023
(RNS) — We are going backward in forcing service missionaries to serve teaching missions.

How college can be a pathway to making Muslims more welcome

By Musbah Shaheen, Matthew J. Mayhew, Christa Winkler, and Alyssa Rockenbach — September 28, 2023
(RNS) — Campuses are places we learn to value others in the basic ways that humanize us.

Religious liberty is becoming a go-to right for everyone

By Mark Silk — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — A legal strategy pioneered by the right has been adopted by the left.

On Sukkot, the Jewish ‘Festival of Booths,’ each sukkah is as unique as the person who builds it

By Samira Mehta — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — Like many Jewish practices, the harvest festival of Sukkot largely takes place at home − meaning families can incorporate many meaningful traditions.

The secret synod

By Phyllis Zagano — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — Too many U.S. Catholics don’t know about the global discussion of the church’s future.

AI won’t be replacing your priest, minister, rabbi or imam any time soon

By Pauline Hope Cheong — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar of digital religion explains why the use of AI isn’t necessarily displacing religious leadership: It is the clergy who are helping with the programming, critical for its deployment.

Tinmel – Morocco’s medieval shrine and mosque – is one of the historic casualties of the earthquake

By Abbey Stockstill — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — Morocco is grappling not just with the loss of lives from the recent earthquake, but with the destruction of its cultural heritage – a 12th century mosque in the village of Tinmel is among them.

What is an abaya − and why does it cause such controversy in France? A scholar of European studies explains

By Armin Langer — September 27, 2023
(The Conversation) — In some conservative countries, the abaya is part of expected dress. But in countries where Muslims are in the minority, the abaya can be a way for women to connect with their religious identity.

Wallace B. Smith, great-grandson of Joseph Smith and pioneer for women’s ordination, dies at 94

By Jana Riess — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — The leadership of Wallace B. Smith, who headed the RLDS movement from 1978 to 1994, was a game changer.

Discernment is at the heart of the synod, but it’s not easy — nor is it always successful

By Thomas Reese — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — Dialogue becomes that much more difficult when you feel that God is on your side.

India has to be held accountable in Sikh’s death in Canada

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — A rash of killings of Sikhs has the look of extrajudicial murders.
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