Health & Lifestyle

In a year of waiting and hoping, Advent reminds us that patience can be healthy
By Paul O'Donnell — November 28, 2020
(RNS) — Advent comes with this countervailing message: Expect God to show up in unexpected places, like a subway car, a Zoom call, or a stable.
When visible Jews endanger lives
By Paul O'Donnell — November 25, 2020
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Biden says Americans can worship in person ‘safely.’ But what does that mean?
By Jack Jenkins — November 24, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — When asked by a reporter whether Americans should be able to attend religious services despite the ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, the president-elect responded, ‘Yes, safely.’
Thanksgiving has always been about grief. Pass the mashed potatoes.
By Jana Riess — November 24, 2020
(RNS) — Marking both grief and gratitude isn’t antithetical to the Thanksgiving holiday; in fact, it’s baked into its very history.  
Like Joe Biden, many Catholics find the rosary to be a comfort and anchor in crisis
By Bob Smietana — November 23, 2020
(RNS) — Long a staple of Catholic life, the rosary is back in the spotlight with the election of Joe Biden, who will become America's second Catholic president.
Faith leaders can help end COVID-19 pandemic by promoting vaccination
By Paul O'Donnell — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — Clergy need to seek advice from professionals and listen to our communities' concerns.
Muslim Pro, a popular prayer app, stops providing user data to firm selling to US military
By Aysha Khan — November 18, 2020
(RNS) — An investigation by Vice News found that two Muslim lifestyle apps were among hundreds of smartphone apps whose users’ location data has been sold to companies passing data on to military contractors.
Fauci and Collins dispense Thanksgiving COVID-19 advice at cathedral forum
By Adelle M. Banks — November 13, 2020
(RNS) — Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci advised weighing the risks. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said he’s skipping the family gathering this year.
Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West
By Paul O'Donnell — November 12, 2020
(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.
Stressed by COVID, online seekers discover Buddhism’s calming practice
By Paul O'Donnell — November 10, 2020
(RNS) — Buddhist teachings about suffering and the impermanence of all things, many find, have particular relevance in this moment.
Ben Carson, Seventh-day Adventist, tests positive for coronavirus
By Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2020
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Seventh-day Adventist website stresses health as a spiritual concern, saying, 'we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves.'
Study finds that queer Christians quit the church twice as much as others
By Paul O'Donnell — November 6, 2020
(RNS) — A study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion strongly associated queer identity with a decision to attend church less frequently or stop going altogether.
A former Catholic school-turned-Nashville swingers club is reborn as homeless shelter
By Bob Smietana — November 5, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Churches and other faith-based groups form the backbone of the emergency shelter system for the homeless. But COVID-19 means many shelters are having to shut down or find creative ways to open.
North Carolina Pentecostal church ordered to close after coronavirus outbreak
By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — An abatement order was issued for the United House of Prayer for All People after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths.