Health & Lifestyle

In Disney’s ‘Clouds,’ Justin Baldoni makes a teen cancer movie about joy
By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — Justin Baldoni, best known for his role on the CW's 'Jane the Virgin', has modeled his career of late around Western culture's allergy to talking about death.
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Hasidic Jews feel like the only minority New York officials are comfortable targeting
By Menachem Wecker — October 19, 2020
(RNS) — 'We’re an easy target. The last remaining group that it’s acceptable to target and vilify are Orthodox Jews,' said Barry Spitzer, who represents the Brooklyn neighborhood Borough Park and is the first Hasidic district manager in the state.
In SBC video, Eric and Ruth Brown recall daughter Pearl Joy, whose life still speaks
By Bob Smietana — October 18, 2020
(RNS) — Eric and Ruth Brown's faith helped them to fight for their daughter's life. But nothing could prepare them for saying goodbye.
Masks keep churches from being superspreaders. But they make sermons tough
By Bob Smietana — October 16, 2020
(RNS) — Preachers have had to adapt quickly during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as they adjust to masked congregations, they must learn new ways of reading the room and connecting with congregants during sermons.
Samaritan’s Purse to set up coronavirus field hospital in the Bahamas
By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020
(RNS) — The humanitarian relief organization run by Franklin Graham will open a field hospital in Nassau, where hospital facilities are overwhelmed with people suffering from COVID-19.
400 rabbis back Cuomo and de Blasio in shutdown of New York Hasidic neighborhoods
By Yonat Shimron — October 8, 2020
(RNS) — Some 400 rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders have signed a statement in support of New York officials’ efforts to curb COVID-19 in hard-hit Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.
In the midst of deep grief, a scholar writes how Hindu rituals taught her to let go
By Ketika Garg — October 2, 2020
(THE CONVERSATION) — Rituals can hold the core beliefs of a culture and provide a sense of control in an otherwise helpless situation.
Lending hope in a pandemic year, Octavia Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ makes a comeback
By Paul O'Donnell — September 25, 2020
(RNS) — The book hit bestseller lists this year 30 years after its publication, not only for its gritty, prophetic portrait of our times but because of its faith in humans to deal with difficult days.
The ‘chai’ charm that keeps this secretary of health grounded in the value of life
By Yonat Shimron — September 17, 2020
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Mandy Cohen, North Carolina’s secretary of health and human services, has threaded the needle of this politically charged moment by balancing her devotion to scientific data and her faith.
Why porn’s negative personal consequences are often really about religion
By Samuel L. Perry — September 4, 2020
(RNS) — Evangelicals' feeling about porn may well be influencing public policy as mostly red states have increasingly sought to declare pornography a ‘public health crisis.'
Natural helpers: Needed reinforcements to head off looming suicides of despair
By Paul O'Donnell — September 1, 2020
(RNS) — People thinking about suicide often turn to pastors, coaches and teachers first for help. We need to make sure these natural helpers are trained to lend a hand.
From Katrina to COVID, American crises expose racial injustice again and again
By Roxanne Stone — August 29, 2020
(RNS) — 15 years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina put a spotlight on racial injustice in society within the United States. Yet, all the disparities exposed then remain just as true today during COVID-19.
Amid pandemic, domestic and sexual abuse is skyrocketing. Activists worry that news is being buried.
By Claire Giangravé — August 27, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Throughout Europe, countries recorded a worrying spike in domestic violence, just as ‘corona divorces’ grow in Japan and China after months of lockdown, with many women citing domestic violence as the main cause.