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‘Reluctant cultist’ survives an end times cult turned pet rescue group to find his own faith

By Bob Smietana — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The journey of a ‘cult orphan’ from an apocalyptic sect to the LDS church shows how people can get lost when we try to change the world.

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‘Safetyism’ only means words have real consequences

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 10, 2020

(RNS) — Better that the Times, that any paper, recognize its own subjectivity, take a clear editorial stand and recognize itself as an inherently ideological vector.

There are few gatherings more appropriate to Pentecost than protest

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 2, 2020

(RNS) — To imagine that a church could be desecrated by political protest against inequality is to catastrophically misunderstand the message both of Pentecost and of Christianity as a whole.

At Shavuot, 3 NC synagogues find unity in online Torah study

By Yonat Shimron — May 28, 2020

(RNS) — The six-hour online Torah-fest may be a harbinger of the kinds of creative changes in Jewish communal life resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

What Muslim digital community organizers learned from a remote Ramadan

By Aysha Khan — May 27, 2020

(RNS) — Re-creating the experiences of communal iftars and reflection circles virtually ended up adding something participants say they don’t want to forfeit when their mosques reopen.

From Illinois to Puerto Rico, Latino Muslims navigate faith and quarantine among their non-Muslim families

By Alejandra Molina — May 22, 2020

(RNS) — While COVID-19 has disrupted in-person worship services for all people of faith, it has further impacted Latino Muslim converts whose religious community can be exclusively outside their households.

Need a Quran teacher? There’s an AI for that

By Aysha Khan — May 20, 2020

(RNS) — Tens of thousands of Muslims are turning to technology to continue the sacred practices of hifz, or preserving the entirety of the Quran through memorization.

How Americans’ ‘tell it like it is’ attitude renders us vulnerable to conspiracy theories

By Tara Isabella Burton — May 19, 2020

(RNS) — Americans, distrustful of institutions that would prescribe knowledge for us, have been especially prone to believe what they see online.

Four young people of different faiths move into a home together, then a pandemic happens

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky were selected to move into the Abrahamic House, a co-living and co-creating space in the Koreatown neighborhood of LA.

A new book on Tara explores a portal to the divine in a female form

By Yonat Shimron — May 14, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Author Rachael Wooten hopes Tara’s different emanations can help people overcome suffering and cultivate compassion, even if they never embrace Buddhism.

The false choice presented to Sikh doctors serving COVID patients

By Simran Jeet Singh — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — The news that two Sikh brothers shaved their beards to serve patients is not the feel-good story that some suggest.

From flannelgraphs to Zoom, churches bring Sunday school home

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 12, 2020

(RNS) — As the coronavirus continues to upend daily life in the United States, churches and Christian leaders are finding ways to relieve anxious kids and overwhelmed parents online.

In lockdown, our longing for the world could be the antidote to our spiritual anorexia

By Tara Isabella Burton — May 12, 2020

(RNS) — I’ve started cycling again. It’s exercise not as expensive commodity but an embrace of what it means to be in the world.

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