Opinion

Sukkot is the Jewish holiday that teaches us the joys of doing without
By Paul O'Donnell — September 20, 2021
(RNS) — Living in a hut teaches us that what we really have is not what we own, but what we are.
Why Jonah is a prophet for our time
By Mark Silk — September 20, 2021
Should Pope Francis get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot?
By Thomas Reese — September 20, 2021
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Tammy Faye, a double whammy of Christian love, wins in the end
By Roxanne Stone — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — A new film captures her interior world but doesn’t fully explain her ingenuity and power.
A pope, two rabbis and a new concern about supersessionism
By Paul O'Donnell — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Both traditions are still learning how to speak to one another about their self-understandings.
I forgive you. Especially you.
By Jeffrey Salkin — September 17, 2021
Why I am a Jew. It is about forgiveness. My Yom Kippur sermon.
Rebooting Hildegard of Bingen
By Paul O'Donnell — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Look past pop culture images to the spiritually wise Hildegard, help for our times.
What is the Moon Festival? A scholar of Chinese religions explains
By The Conversation — September 17, 2021
(The Conversation) — The Moon Festival, rooted in China’s long history and rich cultural traditions, will be celebrated on Sept. 21. In China, though, the festival is a three-day public holiday.
‘Burning karma’: The Jains’ late summer holy season focuses on purifying the soul
By Paul O'Donnell — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — Who are the Jains and what do they believe?
LuLaRoe and the shadow side of Mormon gender roles
By Jana Riess — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — A new docuseries shows how a Mormon couple recycled anti-feminist ideas to stay-at-home moms for profit.
Underneath all the makeup, who was the real Tammy Faye?
By The Conversation — September 16, 2021
(The Conversation) — The subject of a new biopic, Tammy Faye was a televangelist icon. But she also represented another side of the evangelical coin – one that was big-hearted, vulnerable and accepting.
‘Imagine’ at 50: Why John Lennon’s ode to humanism still resonates
By The Conversation — September 16, 2021
(The Conversation) — Regularly topping lists for ‘greatest song of all time,’ the former Beatle’s classic 1971 song is taken by many as an atheistic anthem.
Pastoral as well as radical, Bishop Spong gave priests ‘room to exist’
By Paul O'Donnell — September 15, 2021
(RNS) — The space he created for stretching boundaries was not only theological, but personal.
What’s the law on vaccine exemptions? A religious liberty expert explains
By The Conversation — September 15, 2021
(The Conversation) — Plenty of groups are offering religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but their legal basis isn’t as rock-solid as that might suggest.
It’s time at last for an ethical conversation about Afghanistan
By Paul O'Donnell — September 15, 2021
(RNS) — What have 20 years of war done to our values?