Was Dorothy Day Too Left-Wing to Be a Catholic Saint?

The Archdiocese of New York has asked the Vatican to consider the social activist for sainthood. But church leaders are not entirely comfortable with her politics.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #catholic-worker-movement, #day-dorothy, #dolan-timothy-m, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

Reggie Wilson Explores the Power of Moving Together

The choreographer continues his research into African American worship and the Black Shakers in “Power” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

#black-people, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #fist-and-heel-performance-group, #hancock-shaker-village, #power-dance, #religion-and-belief, #wilson-reggie

Death Is for the Living: Lessons From Religious Scholars

There is so much to learn from facing the about what is unknowable.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

Is That a Burning Bush? Is This Mt. Sinai? Solstice Bolsters a Claim

On the year’s shortest day, hundreds of Israelis ventured deep into the desert to witness a strange natural phenomenon atop an ancient pilgrimage site that some argue is where God spoke to Moses.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bible, #finkelstein-israel, #israel, #moses-prophet, #religion-and-belief, #sinai-peninsula-egypt

New Yorkers and the Sacred Spaces in Their Homes

Hundreds of thousands of people in the city have set aside a part of their homes to pray, meditate or give thanks for another day.

#buddhism, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #new-york-city, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-and-belief, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #voodoo

Is the West Becoming Pagan Again?

The successor to Christian civilization may resemble the present-day iconoclasm known as woken.

#christians-and-christianity, #pagans-and-paganism, #religion-and-belief

Why Jesus Never Stopped Asking Questions

Jesus liked to turn the tables on his interlocutors, especially those who were in the business of asking questions themselves.

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #jesus-christ, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

India’s Christians Attacked Under Anti-Conversion Laws

“They want to remove us from society,” a Christian farmer said of Hindu extremists. Rising attacks on Christians are part of a broader shift in India, in which minorities feel less safe.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #chhattisgarh-india, #christians-and-christianity, #freedom-of-religion, #india, #law-and-legislation, #madhya-pradesh-india, #minorities, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh-india, #religion-and-belief

Secret Charms and 7th Sons: ‘The Cure’ Is Alive and Well in Ireland

Belief in the benefits of the cure, a type of folk medicine that interweaves home remedies with superstition, religion and a sprinkle of magic is still a way of life in pockets of Ireland.

#county-mayo-ireland, #dublin-ireland, #ireland, #medicine-and-health, #religion-and-belief, #ringworm, #superstitions

A Roving History of Mortals Considered Gods

“Accidental Gods,” by Anna Della Subin, is about “men unwittingly turned divine,” including Julius Caesar, Gandhi, Douglas MacArthur and others.

#accidental-gods-on-men-unwittingly-turned-divine-book, #books-and-literature, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #subin-anna-della

Is It OK to Claim a Religious Exemption to the Covid Vaccine?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on weighing religious commitments against civic responsibilities — and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

Faith Groups Push to Scrap New Mandates in Biden’s Child Care Plan

A nondiscrimination provision in the $1.85 trillion social policy bill could disqualify some religious organizations, which provide more than half of child care programs in the United States.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #children-and-childhood, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #education-pre-school, #faith-based-initiatives, #freedom-of-religion, #law-and-legislation, #religion-and-belief, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Weighs Condemned Man’s Wish for Pastor’s Touch

A Texas death row inmate, John H. Ramirez, asked the justices to let spiritual advisers pray with and lay hands on prisoners as they await execution.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #ministers-protestant, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas

Why This Conservative Wants a More Radical Republican Party

Ross Douthat and Sohrab Ahmari debate the future of the American right.

#ahmari-sohrab, #audio-neutral-informative, #conservatism-us-politics, #douthat-ross-g, #klein-ezra, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government

Chad Kimball Sues ‘Come From Away’ Over His Termination

The actor, who is Christian, said in an interview he was let go because of his religious beliefs. The show’s producers declined to comment.

#christians-and-christianity, #come-from-away-play, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kimball-chad, #new-york-city, #religion-and-belief, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #theater

My Thoughts on Life After Death

Death, for all of us, is a journey interrupted.

#deaths-fatalities, #internal-sub-only, #jesus-christ, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief, #sendak-maurice

Sexual Abuse Revelations Accelerate Sense of a French Church in Retreat

The abuse of more than 200,000 minors by clergy over the past seven decades has shaken the nation and what was once a pillar of French society.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #france, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Why India’s Parsi Population is Shrinking Dramatically

Parsis have supported many of the country’s institutions and nurtured business and the arts. But their numbers have dwindled at an alarming pace.

#birth-rates, #deaths-fatalities, #elderly, #india, #mumbai-india, #parsi, #population, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #tata-ratan

White Evangelicals Shun Morality for Power

They’ve been a “political arm of the Republican Party” for decades now.

#christians-and-christianity, #clinton-bill, #evangelical-movement, #graham-franklin, #presidential-election-of-2016, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

Religious Beliefs and Abortion Laws

How religious belief affect abortion laws and vaccination.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Spiritual Calling

After coming out as a transgender woman more than two years ago, Vica Steel never dreamed of forging a path to church leadership. Until now.

#content-type-personal-profile, #iowa, #lutheran-churches, #nevertoolate2021, #religion-and-belief, #steel-vica, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Supreme Court Stays John Ramirez’s Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #clergy, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #ramirez-john-henry, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Stays Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #clergy, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #ramirez-john-henry, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘A Sadness I Can’t Carry’: The Story Of The Drum

For Ojibwe, the Big Drum is a gathering to mourn, to process grief, to understand loss. Could it heal my pain from the past year?

#grief-emotion, #native-americans, #religion-and-belief, #veterans

On Death Row in Texas, a Last Request: A Prayer and ‘Human Contact’

Scheduled for execution on Sept. 8, John Henry Ramirez is suing to have his Baptist pastor lay hands on him as he dies.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #death-and-dying, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #religion-and-belief, #texas

The New Chief Chaplain at Harvard? An Atheist.

The elevation of Greg Epstein, author of “Good Without God,” reflects a broader trend of young people who increasingly identify as spiritual but religiously nonaffiliated.

#colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #massachusetts, #religion-and-belief

In Shift, Israel Quietly Allows Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount

Jewish activists say they are exercising their right to free worship at a site holy to Jews and Muslims. But the change upsets a longstanding compromise aimed at staving off conflict.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #western-wall-jerusalem

The World’s Last Samaritans, Straddling the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Up a mountain in the West Bank, several hundred villagers practice an ancient Israelite religion while maintaining an ambiguous national identity.

#israel, #jews-and-judaism, #likud-party-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #religion-and-belief, #west-bank

On Embracing Faith, or Rejecting It

Readers react to Ross Douthat’s invitation to “think yourself into” religious faith. Also: Working mothers; how to make friends.

#child-care, #christians-and-christianity, #friendship, #religion-and-belief, #women-and-girls

Pope Francis Encourages Covid Vaccines in Media Campaign

“Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love,” the pope says in a video from the Ad Council.

#advertising-and-marketing, #advertising-council, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Guide to Finding Faith

Scientific advances in recent centuries have made the idea of God only more plausible.

#atheism, #christians-and-christianity, #dennett-daniel-c, #religion-and-belief

Pope Francis Is Tearing the Catholic Church Apart

Pope Francis’ move against the Latin Mass will deepen the divisions in the church. 

#benedict-xvi, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #latin-language, #paul-vi, #popes, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

What We Lose When We Livestream Church

Broadcasting religious worship has played an important role during the pandemic. But it’s had unintended consequences.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #religion-and-belief, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It

White evangelicals can’t tolerate becoming just another subculture.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #jones-robert-p, #population, #qanon, #religion-and-belief, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #southern-baptist-convention, #united-states, #whites

Northern Ireland Is Coming to an End

It might not even last another decade.

#democratic-unionist-party-northern-ireland, #ireland, #irish-republican-army, #northern-ireland, #religion-and-belief, #sinn-fein

In France’s Military, Muslims Find a Tolerance That Is Elusive Elsewhere

In a nation wary of the growth of Islam, France’s military has embraced and integrated its Muslim soldiers by facilitating their religious practice.

#defense-and-military-forces, #discrimination, #france, #lebanon, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

Why Do Some Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Joe Biden Communion?

Here is what is at the root of efforts by conservative U.S. bishops to prohibit the country’s second Catholic president from receiving communion.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Afzaal Family Killings, Muslims in Canada Denounce Islamophobia

After the targeted killing of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, the community is demanding a summit on Islamophobia.

#afzaal-salman-d-2021, #afzaal-talat-d-2021, #afzaal-yumna-d-2021, #blanchet-yves-francois, #bloc-quebecois, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #salman-madiha-d-2021

We Are Not Fated to Be Fanatics

Humans may be wired to need some kind of faith, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

#abortion, #augustine-of-hippo-354-430, #berea-college, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #calvin-college, #colleges-and-universities, #kings-college, #oberlin-college, #polls-and-public-opinion, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Richard Rubenstein, 97, Dies; Theologian Challenged Ideas of God

A rabbi, educator and author of a landmark book, he asked, “How can Jews believe in an omnipotent, beneficent God after Auschwitz?”

#books-and-literature, #death-of-god, #deaths-obituaries, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #religion-and-belief, #rubenstein-richard-l

In a New York Prison, Covid Became a Death Sentence

My parishioner was not sentenced to death, but a death sentence is what he received.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corrections-department-nys, #deaths-fatalities, #fishkill-correctional-facility-beacon-ny, #prisons-and-prisoners, #religion-and-belief

Salman Rushdie on Literature

The literature of the fantastic has always embodied our profound truths, our finest attributes and our deepest prejudices.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #religion-and-belief

Was Mother Teresa a Cult Leader?

In a new podcast, women who left the Missionaries of Charity speak out.

#christians-and-christianity, #kolkata-india, #missionaries-of-charity-religious-congregation, #nuns, #poverty, #religion-and-belief, #religious-cults, #roman-catholic-church, #teresa-mother

America is Reopening. Here’s What it Looks Like

With safety restrictions easing, Americans from Maine to Montana are returning to concert halls, worship services and soapbox derbies in all 50 states. 

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #food, #labor-and-jobs, #photography, #puerto-rico, #religion-and-belief, #united-states, #virgin-islands-us

Our Fellow Evangelicals Need to Get the Covid Vaccine

We’re worried that our community is obstructing the end of the pandemic.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sarah Colt on Why 2021 Is the Right Time for a Film About Billy Graham

The director’s new two-hour installment of “American Experience,” on PBS, examines the rise of the man who was arguably most responsible for the power of modern evangelism in the United States.

#american-experience-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #evangelical-movement, #graham-billy, #religion-and-belief, #television

Bob Abernethy, Longtime Host of PBS Show on Religion, Dies at 93

He conceived and produced “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” and was its face for 20 years, after four decades as an NBC News correspondent.

#abernethy-bob, #deaths-obituaries, #nbc-news, #news-and-news-media, #public-broadcasting, #public-broadcasting-service, #religion-and-belief, #religionethics-newsweekly-tv-program, #television

Repairing Generations of Trauma, One Lotus Flower at a Time

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

Learning How to Heal in the Wake of Anti-Asian Hate

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

Why the Right Loves Public School Culture Wars

Biden doesn’t rile up the grassroots. Critical race theory does.

#conservatism-us-politics, #education, #education-k-12, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #states-us, #tea-party-movement, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas