(RNS) Marianne Williamson, 61, beloved by fans (including Oprah) for her warm writings on transforming the heart and soul, is seeking to convince voters to send her to gridlocked Washington, D.C., in her quest for California’s 33rd District seat.
(RNS) As the Boy Scouts of America gets ready to admit gay youth, one Missouri organization has already broken away. Oak Scouts is designed to be a safe space for everyone, regardless of faith or sexual orientation.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson has apologized for comments he made about Wiccans, saying he “should have left them alone.”
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) While many religious congregations have sought ways to reduce energy consumption, few have paid attention to the spiritual dimensions of this work. Several North Carolina churches are finding a remedy through a service they call the Earth Sabbath. By Yonat Shimron.
TORONTO (RNS) The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons as a cost-cutting measure, saying non-Christians inmates will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel. By Ron Csillag.
HARTFORD, Conn. (RNS) Connecticut was executing suspected witches some 40 years before Salem, Mass. Scores of others were put on trial until witchcraft was no longer listed as a capital crime in 1715. But unlike other states, Connecticut has yet to acknowledge those sent to the gallows. And descendants are trying to change that. By Ann Marie Somma.
(RNS) For 50 years, hundreds of thousands of seekers have come to the Esalen Institute, the incubator of East-meets-West spirituality, looking for news ways to bring together body and soul. Now, the spiritual mecca is facing a bitter dispute over its future, and like the countless pilgrims who have come here, Esalen now faces its own midlife crisis. By Don Lattin.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (RNS) Andrew Bowen isn't Muslim, or Hindu, or Baha'i, or Mormon. In fact, he's none of the 12 faiths he practiced for a month at a time during 2011. Finding faith in God again was not Bowen's aim; he was looking for faith in humanity. By Amanda Greene.
(RNS) The Iowa caucuses revived Rick Santorum’s underdog presidential campaign. Now an influential assortment of Christian conservatives has moved to consecrate it. On Saturday (Jan. 14), the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania sewed up the endorsement from a coalition of prominent national evangelical leaders. And he has basked in the glow of their affirmation. “Every […]
As they have every year since moving to the White House, President Obama and the first family spent part of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a historically black church in D.C. Speaking of MLK, the Interior Department says they’ll fix the quote on his National Mall memorial. Maya Angelou says the current quote, […]