(RNS) — The United States operated 408 boarding schools for Indigenous children across 37 states or then-territories between 1819 and 1969 — half of them likely supported by religious institutions. That’s according to the first volume of an investigative report...
(RNS) — Finding a new minister is a bit like online dating. You look at their online profile, chat on Zoom and hope for a bit of magic. Often things do not turn out the way you hoped. That mix of discovery...
(RNS) — For Monique Verdin, the apocalypse came in 2005. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, about a million gallons of oil from a nearby refinery spilled into St. Bernard Parish, where Verdin lives. Her family home...
(RNS) — On April 14, Jains will celebrate the birth anniversary of Vardhaman Mahavir, founder of what is today the smallest of India’s six major religious groups — after Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism — but one of...
(RNS) — Americans have been abandoning religion for a long time. But much like the scientific principle that matter, though it changes forms, never disappears, so too, the religious impulse never quite goes away. Carolyn Chen identifies where that religious...
(The Conversation) — American Kit Cox, 35, works as an electrical engineer and enjoys biking and playing piano. But what some might consider surprising about Cox, who was raised as Methodist, is that she practices the Japanese religion known...
(RNS) — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has announced a new initiative to protect and improve access to sites across the United States considered sacred by Indigenous peoples. Haaland’s announcement came Tuesday (Nov. 16), on the second day of...
(The Conversation) — Mindfulness is seemingly everywhere these days. A Google search I conducted in January 2022 for the term “mindfulness” resulted in almost 3 billion hits. The practice is now routinely offered in workplaces, schools, psychologists’ offices and...
(RNS) — When the Rev. Steven Charleston finally gave in to his friends’ encouragement and created a Facebook account a decade ago, he didn’t know what to post. Charleston didn’t have a cat, so the cat photos that litter social...
(RNS) — An often-forgotten detail in the Christian story of the Crucifixion is that Jesus did not just die; he went to hell. While the Gospels merely place him in a tomb, the fifth-century Apostle’s Creed notes that he...