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CDC researcher Susan Hillis on how people of faith can support COVID orphans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — 'Faith communities are really good at doing this, walking with people through adversity until they get out the other side,' she said.

Krista Tippett on why it’s past time to ‘humanize digital spaces’

By Whitney Bauck — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — The host of ‘On Being’ makes a case for embracing new forms of digitally mediated spiritual practice.

RNS News Quiz: Ben & Jerry’s and Wally Funk

By Emily Churchill — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

Missouri church leaders implore congregants: Get vaccinated

By Jim Salter — July 22, 2021
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — ‘Vaccine hesitancy in our pews puts our congregations and communities at greater risk.’

The Pillar investigation of Monsignor Burrill is unethical, homophobic innuendo

By Steven P. Millies — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — The hook on which this story hangs is a long-discredited link between sexual abuse and homosexuality.

Wally Funk’s church celebrates her Blue Origin spaceflight: ‘What an inspiration she’s been to us all’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — About 300 members of White’s Chapel turned out Tuesday morning (July 20) at the church to view a livestream of the launch making the pioneering pilot the oldest person in space.

Three of the most mistranslated words in Scripture — according to TikTokers

By Renée Roden — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — Explaining the nitty-gritty details of ancient Greek and Hebrew may not seem like viral content, but on TikTok, it’s algorithm fire.

Dr. Anthony Fauci named 2021 Humanist of the Year

By Kathryn Post — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — The American Humanist Association awarded the honor to Fauci for embodying humanist values in the global fight against COVID-19.

AP-NORC poll: Most say restrict abortion after 1st trimester

By David Crary — June 28, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Still, the poll finds many Americans believe the procedure should be allowable under at least some circumstances even during the second or third trimesters.

New e-prayer rug offers digital support to Muslim prayer

By Joseph Hammond — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — To help guide new and young Muslims, the rug uses voice prompts and an LED display that shows the correct postures of prayer.

New app, believr, aims to create a ‘home for LGBTQ+ Christians’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — Believr started out as a dating app but transformed into a broader community. 'I believe the LGBTQ+ Christian space is much bigger than people realize or think,' said the founder.

‘Religion entered into me’: A talk with Jane Goodall, winner of the 2021 Templeton Prize

By Yonat Shimron — May 20, 2021
(RNS) — The celebrated primatologist is only the fourth woman to win the prize, established to honor those who use science to explore humankind’s place and purpose in the universe.

Meet the Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist encouraging her fellow Christians to get vaccinated

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — Written in epidemiologist Emily Smith’s friendly, informational voice, the Facebook page has grown to more than 96,000 followers.

For evangelical leader Jamie Aten, advocating for vaccines led to a death threat

By Bob Smietana — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — Aten, who teaches at an evangelical college, has received swarms of angry anti-vaxxer emails — including one saying his work was ‘punishable by death.’

CDC director: Masked, fully vaccinated people can safely attend worship indoors

By Jack Jenkins — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘As we gather more and more data on the real-world efficacy of vaccines, we know that masked, fully vaccinated people can safely attend worship services inside,’ said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
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