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Why the world has a lot to learn about conservation – and trust – from Indigenous societies

By John Ziker — May 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — Traditional ecological knowledge, or TEK, can encompass science, medicine, ecology, religion and culture – and help protect the environment.
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The scientific meltdown over a controversial discovery of ‘biblical Sodom’

By Jerry Pattengale — April 20, 2022
(RNS) — The remains of a city’s fiery demise near the Dead Sea have archaeologists at odds.

Biology with Tibetan Buddhist monks: What I’m taking back to my college classroom from teaching at a monastery

By Daniel Pierce — April 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — Religious beliefs and modern biology sometimes seem to collide. But exploring those ideas with compassion and an open mind can lead to deeper learning across cultures.

How 5G caused a feud between a small Christian school and T-Mobile

By Bob Smietana — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — A fight over an FCC license has put a small Christian school at odds with a cellphone giant.

Evangelical scientist Katharine Hayhoe finds hope in United Nations’ climate report

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 14, 2022
CHICAGO (RNS) — 'That's how the world changes: When individuals have the courage of their convictions and use their voices to call for change,' the climate scientist told Religion News Service.

Graduate Theological Union’s GTUx is launched to spiritually equip ‘nones,’ activists

By Kathryn Post — March 11, 2022
(RNS) — Their new online learning hub for interreligious activism aims to reach new audiences. 

How Silicon Valley’s ‘Techtopia’ turned work into religion

By Yonat Shimron — March 8, 2022
(RNS) — In her new book, 'Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley,' Carolyn Chen examines how high-skilled workers have disinvested from organized religion and are instead finding belonging, identity, purpose and transcendence at the office.

Why are people calling Bitcoin a religion?

By Joseph P. Laycock — February 7, 2022
(The Conversation) — With mantras, a mysterious founder and promises of societal salvation, there are echoes of religious traditions in the cryptocurrency.

Faith in the metaverse: A VR quest for community, fellowship

By Luis Andres Henao — January 31, 2022
(AP) — Many Americans — some traditionally religious, some religiously unaffiliated — are increasingly communing spiritually through virtual reality, one of the many evolving spaces in the metaverse that have grown in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.

List highlights the growing number of Muslim startup companies in America

By Joseph Hammond — January 31, 2022
(RNS) — The list, put together by the Center for Global Muslim Life, highlights Muslim-founded or Muslim-focused startups. This year, a plurality is based in the US, while many more target Muslims in America.

Activists urge Tesla to close new Xinjiang showroom

By Associated Press — January 4, 2022
BEIJING (AP) — American activists are appealing to Tesla Inc. to close a new showroom in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, where officials are accused of abuses against mostly Muslim ethnic minorities. Tesla on Friday announced the opening of its showroom in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital, and said on its Chinese social media account, “Let’s […]

10 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2021

By Paul O'Donnell — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — 2021’s rising stars in religion were those speaking as much to social concerns as spiritual ones.

Instagram ‘smash and grab’ impostors peddle fake psychic and tarot readings

By Heather Greene — December 20, 2021
(RNS) — Metaphysical practitioners are becoming increasingly frustrated with social media outlets as impersonators thrive off their accounts.
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