RELIGION

On day of fasting, D.C. Jewish group plans a controversial event: Lunch

Some Jewish young adults who do not fast on Yom Kippur will gather in D.C. for a meetup meant to help them feel more connected to the holiday.

By Marisa IatiOctober 2, 2022

The pandemic and apps are fueling a surge of interest in Yiddish

More people are able to study the language through apps and online classes.

By Noah SmithSeptember 30, 2022

U.S. bishops’ report to Vatican shows a Catholic Church split by politics

The report, ordered by Pope Francis, emphasized calls by many Catholics for the church to become a more welcoming and open space, particularly for LGBTQ people and women.

By Claire GiangravéSeptember 27, 2022

Southern Baptist departures continue as major seminary president resigns

Adam Greenway was elected president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019, in hopes that he would help it recover from the controversial tenure of Paige Patterson.

By Bob SmietanaSeptember 26, 2022

National Cathedral raises $115 million for earthquake repairs, future

On its 115th birthday, the cathedral unveiled fundraising to finish repairing damages from a 2011 earthquake and to lay a firm financial foundation.

By Fredrick KunkleSeptember 25, 2022

Jewish LGBTQ group says it will fund Yeshiva University student clubs

On Sept. 14, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Orthodox Jewish university in Manhattan to recognize the group until a lawsuit that was filed by representatives of the YU Pride Alliance in 2021 is resolved by the New York courts.

By Kathryn Post September 23, 2022

More psychotherapists are incorporating religion into their practices

But convincing others in the profession, who are statistically less religious than those they serve, is still a hard sell, one psychologist says.

By Richard SchiffmanSeptember 23, 2022

U.S. leaders honor queen in D.C. as official mourning moves stateside

Washington National Cathedral hosted a memorial service Wednesday for the late Queen Elizabeth II, in conjunction with the British Embassy.

By Michelle BoorsteinSeptember 21, 2022

Palace releases details of funeral that Queen Elizabeth helped plan

The queen’s Monday services will include 96 bells tolled at Westminster Abbey — one for every year of her life.

By Brittany Shammas and Rachel PannettSeptember 19, 2022

Nation’s largest interdenominational seminary picks first Black president

Fuller Theological Seminary has chosen as its new president David Emmanuel Goatley, of Duke Divinity School, who will take the helm in January.

By Yonat ShimronSeptember 14, 2022

U.S. Christian majority could fade in coming decades, models find

If current trends continue, Christians could make up as little as a third of the population in 50 years, Pew Research Center modeling projects.

By Bob SmietanaSeptember 13, 2022

New York set to force ultra-Orthodox schools to teach secular subjects

Private religious schools must still teach English, science, math and other education basics, New York state officials said Friday.

By Laura MecklerSeptember 9, 2022

With Francis’s blessing, Italian church transforms trans community

Since April, at the invitation of the Vatican, an Italian pastor has brought four groups of LGBTQ people to meet Pope Francis and receive needed medical care.

By Claire GiangravéSeptember 9, 2022

N.Y. clergy to repay $800K in kickbacks from sale of Black churches

African Methodist Episcopal Church clergy took more than $1 million from a developer who sought to turn distressed Black churches into lucrative properties, according to state settlements.

By Bob SmietanaSeptember 8, 2022

Kazuo Inamori, Japanese mogul who became Buddhist monk, dies at 90

Kazuo Inamori used reflections on higher powers and human empathy in his management philosophy as he built powerhouse companies.

By Brian MurphySeptember 3, 2022

Clergy sue to halt Florida abortion law, citing religious freedom

Last month, the same clerics sued Florida, saying the law violates their freedom of speech, religious liberty and the Constitution’s establishment clause.

By Michelle BoorsteinSeptember 1, 2022

Bible demands action on climate change, Evangelicals say in new report

The report by the National Association of Evangelicals lays out what its authors call the “biblical basis” for climate activism.

By Jack JenkinsAugust 30, 2022

Anti-Hindu attacks grow, from N.Y. to a California Taco Bell

A Taco Bell tirade punctuated a string of discriminatory incidents. A study published in July found that anti-Hindu sentiments are on the rise.

By Richa KarmarkarAugust 29, 2022

The world’s cardinals, who will pick the next pope, get to know one another

“Sooner or later, we have to choose the next pope. So we need to hear one another," said Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero.

By Chico Harlan and Stefano PitrelliAugust 28, 2022

Pagan and witchcraft festivals confront growing Christian harassment

Opponents of witchcraft and paganism have become more aggressive and even dangerous this year, some event attendees say.

By Heather GreeneAugust 26, 2022