During pilgrimage walks, people often observe and appreciate simple things more keenly, feel the spiritual connection with their surroundings and gain new, enriching life perspectives.
The number of women religious leaders is growing, but the 2018-2019 National Congregations Study, which surveyed 5,300 U.S. religious communities, found that only 56.4% of these communities would allow a woman to “be head clergy person or primary religious leader.”
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Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal.
The graffiti on the building reads, ‘The rich abort, the poor die.’
As debates about abortion heat up in the U.S. once again, we need to pay attention to the hard-fought struggles over abortion in other nations where religion plays a key role in politics and public life.
The answers are there if you look for them.
When the corporate culture can so often seem rotten from the head down, faiths are there to remind us that businesses can be so much more.
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Academics reflect on books on topical issues in Nigeria that they read in 2021.
All major religions call on their followers to respect the Earth.
Faith leaders hold significant financial and political power - it’s their duty to use it to shape the future of our planet.
The British Jewish community celebrate Hanukah in a way that borrows traditions from the US as well as Israel.
The third draft of the controversial bill does not protect the religious freedom of those who need it, but those who seek to maintain control over people’s bodies.
Wall art of Indian Hindu and Muslim hugging each other in religious tolerance and harmony.
Interfaith, peacebuilding and what can happen when people of different faiths work together.
Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims at Lalibela, Ethiopia.
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Ethiopia’s main religions need to take an emotional distance from politics and find a neutral space so they can get moral clarity.
Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, holding a jewel between his folded hands.
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On World Kindness Day, a scholar of Buddhist studies explains its idea of compassion and the diverse ways to think about and express kindness.
David Vincent of death metal band Morbid Angel in Washington, D.C., in September 2012.
Not unlike gospel music, death metal seems heavily preoccupied with spiritual matters. Does this mean Death Metal is a form of spiritual music?
Government commissioned research on conversion therapy sheds light on potentially damaging practices as public consultation on a ban opens.
Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki speaks at an anti-lockdown protest in Auckland.
Pentecostalism puts its faith in the Holy Spirit more than Pfizer, but there are signs the fast-growing religious movement is not totally immune to scientific reason.
Religion plays a significant role in governance in sub-Saharan Africa.
Civil society can play a role by holding political authorities accountable.
Perfumes, potions and witches have been entwined for centuries.
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Scent and magic have been entwined in our imaginations for centuries – right up to today’s witch-inspired perfumes.
Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in April, 2021.
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While public libraries and faith-based organizations may not be able to solve the issue of social stigma, looking at how they provide spaces for homeless people is a good place to start.
The Catholic Church’s two-year synodal process formally opened Oct. 10 at the Vatican.
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Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process called a “synod on synodality” for the Catholic Church on Oct. 10.
People pray for the victims of child sex abuse during a special service at a Catholic church outside Paris on Oct. 5, 2021. A new French report estimates that more than 200,000 children were abused by clergy since 1950.
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A French report on the scale of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy is the latest revelation in the crisis, but its roots go back decades – or more. Here are a few of our many related articles.
Police officers parade suspected Boko Haram militants.
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Exploring many contemporary cases of radical behaviour showed they had one thing in common: how the risk of radicalisation may be linked to fractured relationships.