Parenting after faith shift, progressive Christians look for new resources
(RNS) — Faith shifts can raise even more questions for millennials and other young adults as they begin to have children.
Caroline Calloway and the cost of creating the ‘best self’
(RNS) — The second that your ‘best self’ becomes too obviously an illusion, its moral authority collapses. It’s simply, well, a lie.
In St. Louis, mapping how religion is lived — in sanctuaries holy and profane
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) — Focusing on practices and beliefs in everyday life, the initiative looks at religion in the yoga studio, the baseball stadium, the zoo and the dog park.
For anxious young adults, religion can be a wellness tool, says new study
(RNS) — A new study by the Christian research firm Barna Group suggests faith can be an asset when dealing with mental health concerns.
Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Two roommates are starting Fordham University’s first Secular Student Alliance chapter — one of 10 new chapters that have been started recently at religiously affiliated schools.
Exhibition in Jerusalem challenges perceptions of modestly dressed women
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Featuring women from different cultures, the multimedia investigation of modest dress shows that the common denominator is a thirst for spiritual meaning.
From ‘Hot Priest Summer’ to ‘Christian Girl Autumn’
(RNS) — Priests are hot, from TV’s ‘Fleabag’ to the ubiquitous ‘Hot Priest’ calendars, but it’s not just that they are forbidden. It’s that they are coming out of their usual unapproachable roles.
We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine
(RNS) — Seeing oneness in difference is the only way I know for us to move beyond our supremacies and to begin treating one another as equals.
Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships
CHICAGO (RNS) — Dinner churches are popping up across the country in churches in a number of denominations, conservative and progressive, urban and rural and everything in between.
Amazon fires deepen a split between Brazil’s evangelicals and fellow Christians
SAO PAOLO (RNS) — The apparently intentional escalation of fires in the Amazon rainforest has contributed to a growing political split between Catholics and some Protestant groups and President Jair Bolsonaro’s evangelical supporters.
A Durham, NC, church sees the arts as its North Star
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — An old church is refurbished and reimagined to focus on the arts and the ways in which artistic expression can be a vehicle for transcendence.
Glamour and unattainability is out. Spiritual refreshment is in
(RNS) — Today’s advertisements are designed to evoke different and more numinous emotions: spiritual well-being, an inward journey, a moral sensibility. We’re buying the very things that organized religion used to provide us for free.
I’ll cry if I want to: Positive thinking, prosperity gospel and the vulnerability of faith
(RNS) — To be vulnerable, to be too much, feels like a failure in today’s wellness culture. But we cannot positive-think our way out of the human condition.
‘Blinded by the Light’ makes a savior of Springsteen
(RNS) — A distant American icon comes alive for a Sikh and a Muslim in a British factory town and changes their lives forever.
Pollution of a sacred river becomes a symbol for India’s environmental challenges
BANGALORE, India (RNS) — This city’s early 1990s tech boom outstripped its waste management plans, leaving its Vrishabhavathi River choked with industrial waste.