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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.

Michael Bublé, Kris Jenner part of $40M investment in Christian meditation app Glorify

By Jessica Mundie — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — An app designed to bring users closer to God has received $40 million of Series A funding supported by a number of prominent celebrity investors.

Indigenous video game streamers advocate for representation and education

By Jessica Mundie — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — On video game streaming platforms, Indigenous gamers are sharing their unique cultures and spirituality with the intent to educate and empower other content creators.

Faith groups increasingly join fight against climate change

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — November 2, 2021
POINTE-AUX-CHENES, Louisiana (AP) — On a boat ride along a bayou that shares the name of his Native American tribe, Donald Dardar points to a cross marking his ancestors’ south Louisiana burial ground — a place he fears will disappear. He points to the partly submerged stumps of oak trees killed by salt water on […]

Digitizing sacred spaces: How COVID-19 fueled innovation of Hindu ritual websites

By Dheepa Sundaram — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — The pandemic has led to a boom in innovative digital ritual applications.

Zimbabwean nonprofit promotes ‘God’s way’ of farming

By Kathryn Post — October 27, 2021
(RNS) — Foundations for Farming has helped Zimbabwe experience its first food surplus in two decades.

Calvin University to add school of health with $15 million gift

By Yonat Shimron — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — The 145-year-old school already offers a nursing degree and several health-related majors. It will expand on those and offer three new health-related master's degrees by 2022.

Pope to lawmakers: Climate change requires quick consensus

By Frances D'emilio — October 11, 2021
The pope addressed parliamentarians who were in Rome for a preparatory meeting before the U.N's annual climate conference, which begins in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 31.

The relaxing and tingly world of Christian ASMR

By Jessica Mundie — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — In the expansive world of ASMR, one small group of Christian creators have dedicated themselves to bringing their viewers closer to God through relaxation and brain tingles.

Want to regain young people’s trust? Start treating the earth, and life, as sacred

By Norman Wirzba — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our government and business leaders are failing young people by not acting out of the conviction that this world and all its life are sacred and, thus, worthy of our protection and care.

NIH head Collins steps down, led fight against cancer, COVID

By Dino Hazell — October 5, 2021
Collins said he was ‘grateful and proud of the NIH staff and the scientific community, whose extraordinary commitment to lifesaving research delivers hope to the American people and the world every day.’
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