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Studies suggest spiritual practices may prompt people to get off the mat and engage

By Yonat Shimron — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — Criticism of spirituality as inherently selfish may be overblown, according to two new studies that suggest people who are spiritual but not religious are civically and politically engaged.
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Suspect in New Mexico Muslim killings detained pending trial

By Susan Montoya Bryan — August 18, 2022
(AP) – The primary suspect in the New Mexico shooting deaths of two Muslim men is being held without bond pending trial as prosecutors say he is a danger to his own family and the greater community.

An interfaith discussion on the role of religion in mental health

By Emily Costello and Thalia Plata — August 18, 2022
(The Conversation) — Academics and religious leaders address the role of faith and community in managing mental health issues in young people and society as a whole.

Ayurveda’s spiritual science makes inroads among foodies and healers

By Richa Karmarkar — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — At the intersection of science and religion, the ancient art of ayurveda is attracting believers seeking to improve their health by treating soul and body.

Lag in slavery reparations from US Jesuits irks descendants

By Deepa Bharath — August 16, 2022
(AP) – In a publicly released letter to the head of the U.S. branch of Jesuits, Jesuit leader Joseph Stewart expressed dissatisfaction with the progress made since last year's pledge to raise $100 million for a reconciliation initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved by the Catholic order.

Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit

By Kristen Lucken — August 16, 2022
(The Conversation) — Rituals of rest and contemplation are woven into many religious traditions around the world.

Long-hidden synagogue mural gets rehabbed, relocated

By Lisa Rathke — August 16, 2022
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — It's a rare representation of a kind of art that graced wooden synagogues in Europe that were largely destroyed during the Holocaust, experts say.

Clergy, social workers fear fallout from Okla. abortion laws

By Sean Murphy — August 15, 2022
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Clergy members, social workers and even librarians have raised concerns about being exposed to criminal or civil liability for just discussing the topic.

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

By Jon Gambrell — August 15, 2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rushdie was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

Synagogue of judge who approved Trump’s search warrant cancels Shabbat service

By Yonat Shimron — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — The vitriol against Reinhart is part of an escalation of antisemitic animus propelled by Trump's fervent supporters.

75 years after India’s independence, a lost generation recovers its Hindu faith

By Murali Balaji — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — Indian Hindus who grew up after independence have never fully processed the trauma of colonialism.

Albuquerque Muslims help bid to keep killings suspect jailed

By Susan Montoya Bryan — August 12, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Syed was arrested late Monday more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from his Albuquerque home.

Indiana Rep. Walorski’s work called “mission” during funeral

By Associated Press — August 12, 2022
GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke about Walorski’s work as a Christian missionary in Romania with her husband, as the director of a local humane society and as a television news reporter before entering politics.
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