Before Balls and Strikes, Umpires Make a Call to Pray

For more than a decade, a group of Major League Baseball’s umpires has convened by phone to pursue spiritual solace.

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Why Poetry Is So Crucial Right Now

It helps us pay attention to the things that matter.

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Meet the Nun Who Wants You to Remember You Will Die

Suffering and death are facts of life: “Everyone dies, their bodies rot, and every face becomes a skull.”

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By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes

The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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What the Church Meant for James Baldwin

Although he ultimately rejected Pentecostalism, the writer captured its pathos and ability to bear witness to Blackness in America in his first novel.

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Saying Goodbye to Hanukkah

I lit the menorah as a child, but my kids are growing up in a different type of household.

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Hermits Teach About Solitude, Loneliness, Isolation

Contemporary hermits are reaching out to people struggling with isolation. Their message: Go inward, and get outside.

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15% of Virus Tests Are Positive, and Few Wear Masks in One Orthodox Suburb

Several towns with large ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations are seeing coronavirus case rates that are among the highest in New York.

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In Every Corner of Bangkok, Spirits Need a Home and Maybe a Strawberry Fanta

Across Thailand’s crowded capital, there are spirits who must be placated with a comfy place to live. The coronavirus is no excuse to cut back on the coddling.

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The Future of Christianity Is Punk

Modern life is ugly, brutal and barren. Maybe you should try a Latin Mass.

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A Glimpse Inside the Secluded World of a Georgian Nunnery

In the latest essay from our visual series, The World Through a Lens, we share a collection of photographs from a nunnery in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia.

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‘God Created the Virus. But Now He Has Lost Control.’

Pakistan’s government is dithering in the face of the epidemic because it’s not sure what to fear the most.

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On Easter Sunday, Christians Remember: ‘We Will Rise Out of the Dust’

Amid a pandemic, millions of Americans refashioned rituals and grasped for hope in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

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