Health & Lifestyle

California date farmers lean into Ramadan season’s spike in sales
By Joseph Hammond — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — With the number of Muslims growing in the United States, dates sold at Ramadan have become a major focus of date growers' business.
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Barring women as leaders in church may be bad for their health, new study finds
By Bob Smietana — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — Past studies have shown participating in religious services and in the life of a religious community can be good for your health.
General Baptist pastor who criticized wives’ weight ‘deeply sorry’ for sermon
By Adelle M. Banks — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — ‘In the sermon, I made insensitive remarks about women and made statements deemed unbiblical,’ said Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark in a statement.
Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.
By Paul O'Donnell — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — As you fast from what is ordinarily permissible, you learn to fast from what is prohibited at all times.
For interfaith couples, Ramadan can deepen ties to faith and each other
By Paul O'Donnell — April 12, 2021
(Interfaith America) — Ramadan can be an opportunity for Muslims in interfaith relationships to introduce their partners to the core beliefs and teachings of Islam.
Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges
By Paul O'Donnell — April 12, 2021
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism.
High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship
By Paul O'Donnell — April 10, 2021
(AP) — In November, the high court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard-hit by the virus.
Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting
By Paul O'Donnell — April 10, 2021
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it's acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during Ramadan.
Adapting a faith-led effort to fight opioids to encourage vaccinations
By Paul O'Donnell — April 8, 2021
(RNS) — Using a model to educate clergy about substance use disorders is being adapted to defeat uncertainty about the vaccine.
If a Dr. Seuss book offends us, why not pluck it out?
By Paul O'Donnell — April 8, 2021
(RNS) — 'Canceling' problematic media properties provides us with a way to talk about the complicated nature of desire.
Vatican water and hygiene initiative for health care facilities is an investment in life
By Paul O'Donnell — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — The lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities worldwide kills infants, women and front-line workers.
In Ramadan’s spirit of hope, New York’s Muslims cautiously open mosques
By Zainab Iqbal — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — Last year, Ramadan fell in the worst of the pandemic. Still haunted by the toll of the pandemic, some mosque leaders are following the guidance of local leaders.
Harry Connick Jr., bunkered for the pandemic, emerges with ‘Alone With My Faith’
By Paul O'Donnell — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — While it’s reverent, the album is anything but churchy.