(RNS) Who would want to be called “ultra” anything? Some Jews known as the “ultra-Orthodox” have come up with a new name, but will it stick?
Author Archives: Lauren Markoe
About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
(RNS) New York Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t march down Fifth Avenue in the city’s famed St. Patrick’s Day parade because he opposes organizers’ ban on marchers holding gay pride signs.
A Coke ad riles. Gallup ranks religiousness. And the Mennonites take a first step toward a gay pastor.
(RNS) Teenager Prabhdeep Suri has been teased mercilessly since he was in kindergarten for the patka he wore on his head, a symbol of his Sikh faith. Now he and other Sikhs are sending the message that discrimination against Sikhs in the U.S. has got to stop.
Will there be no more papal doves? Will the Southern Baptist Convention answer all your sex questions? Will mainstream comics hypersexualize even their teenage Muslim superheroes? The answers, my friend, are blowing in the wind.
(RNS) A green burial is a way to care for the Earth and answer to the part of the soul that recoils at the pomp of the average American funeral, and takes seriously the biblical reminder: “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
(RNS) Cremation is forbidden by some religions and required by others. But does it help the environment?
Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, held in North Korea for more than a year, pleads for his release. Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. And some Orthodox Jewish girls get the green light on a ritual most often reserved for men.