Why Muslims in Alaska will fast 9 hours more than Muslims in Cape Town (and what 1 scholar is doing about it)
06-17-2015 From around the web
By TOM HENEGHAN
(RNS) When the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan begins later this week, some Muslims around the world will face bigger challenges than others. The Quran is clear that the fast should last from bef...
African Pride’ film shows violence against lesbians in townships
06-16-2015 From around the web
By BRIAN PELLOT | CAPE TOWN, South Africa
(RNS) In 1996, South Africa became the first country to approve a constitution explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Though progr...
Prepublication interest in Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment
06-15-2015 From around the web
Maureen anticipates the forthcoming encyclical on the environment, issued by Pope Francis. ...
When Irish eyes are smiling
06-02-2015 Maureen's Corner
Maureen celebrates the recent Irish vote (62 percent, no less!) in favor of same-sex marriage. ...
How a new Mormon apostle is chosen
06-02-2015 From around the web
By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK | SALT LAKE CITY
There’s no telling when LDS authorities will fill the void left by longtime Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry who died Saturday (May 30). But that it will happen is a...
Can there be an ‘atheist vote’? Nonreligious set sights on 2016
05-29-2015 From around the web
By KIMBERLY WINSTON
(RNS) A few years ago, when atheist activists asked U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, to tone down a Christian-oriented message to voters, they were told, “There ...
Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’
05-26-2015 From around the web
By DAVID GIBSON | LUCY, Tenn.
(RNS) Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle.
And now, at ...