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Newswise: Chaplains Tap Hospital Experience to Guide Faith Communities Through Pandemic
Released: 6-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Chaplains Tap Hospital Experience to Guide Faith Communities Through Pandemic
Cedars-Sinai

How does a religious congregation, which by definition brings groups of people close together in prayer and communion, navigate this tricky pandemic? Cedars-Sinai chaplains have some of the answers. With expertise as healthcare insiders, they have used their knowledge and experience from their hospital roles to help guide faith communities during this uncharted and unpredictable time.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Little Rock Congregations Study shows more clergy are concerned about race relations
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Research from the Little Rock Congregations Study at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock shows that religious leaders in Little Rock are growing more concerned with the issue of race relations.

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Released: 19-Jun-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Religion may offer protective role for black adolescent boys who experience police abuse
Washington University in St. Louis

In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and many more, a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis finds that religion may offer a protective role for black adolescent boys who experience police abuse.

Newswise: Queen's research finds an increase in faith online during the coronavirus pandemic
Released: 28-May-2020 6:50 AM EDT
Queen's research finds an increase in faith online during the coronavirus pandemic
Queen's University Belfast

A research study from Queen’s University Belfast has revealed how faith leaders and communities on the island of Ireland adapted and responded to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Released: 26-May-2020 7:40 PM EDT
Spirituality linked to higher quality of life for stroke survivors, caregivers
American Heart Association (AHA)

Higher spirituality among stroke survivors was strongly linked to better quality of life for them and their caregivers who may also feel depressed, according to new research published today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. May is American Stroke Month.

Released: 14-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Praying together over Zoom: How religion sounds during a pandemic
Ohio State University

Researchers at the American Religious Sounds Project, led by The Ohio State University and Michigan State University, are collecting and cataloging those sounds in an attempt to understand how the pandemic is changing religion around the United States.

Released: 12-May-2020 1:35 PM EDT
New Discoveries on the Dead Sea Scrolls—Virtual International Conference to be Held May 17-20
New York University

“Dead Sea Scrolls in Recent Scholarship,” an international virtual conference featuring more than three dozen scholars who will share their new discoveries on the ancient religious manuscripts, will be held May 17 through May 20.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 11:10 AM EDT
FaceTime, Faith and Zoom’ing Through Holy Week; UNH Expert on Worshipping During COVID-19
University of New Hampshire

For most religions, coming together as a community to worship is at the core of their practice, but during this unique and unsettling time of mask wearing and social distancing praying together can be a challenge as many churches remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Michele Dillon, a scholar of Catholicism and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, finds that during one of the most holy periods on the Christian calendar clergy and parishioners are learning to make the liturgy work as online events, while continuing to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
How religions around the world are keeping the faith during COVID-19
Michigan State University

COVID-19 has rocked everyday life for people around the world, requiring religious communities to shift worship at a time that many consider the most holiest of the year. Daily and weekly services at churches, synagogues, mosques and temples have transitioned to take place in the home with family members as many places of prayer are closed for the first time in their history.

Newswise: Public Health Crises — Such as COVID-19 — May Lead to Flare-ups of Dangerous Religious Sentiments, including ‘Scapegoating’
Released: 24-Mar-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Public Health Crises — Such as COVID-19 — May Lead to Flare-ups of Dangerous Religious Sentiments, including ‘Scapegoating’
Baylor University

Public health crises such as COVID-19 — in which people may feel powerless and receive conflicting information — can lead to a flare-up of unsafe religious sentiments, says Baylor University epidemiologist Jeff Levin, Ph.D., who cites past persecution of religious and ethnic minorities who were blamed unfairly for spreading disease.

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Released: 25-Feb-2020 8:20 AM EST
University Announces $100,000 Pledge for New Scholarship for Philosophy Majors
Augustana University, South Dakota

The Augustana University Department of Religion, Philosophy and Classics is pleased to announce a $100,000 pledge for a new scholarship for philosophy majors, the Ibn Sina Scholarship.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 1:05 PM EST
The Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy Critically Harms Sex Abuse Victims’ Rights
Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

In the Wake of Hundreds of Child Sexual Abuse Claims, Boy Scouts of American File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and Force Victims to Hold Their Abuse Claims. If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, call us at (800) 807-2209 for a free consultation to know your rights.

Newswise: Faith-centered Tattoos Are Analyzed in Study of University Students
Released: 12-Feb-2020 2:05 PM EST
Faith-centered Tattoos Are Analyzed in Study of University Students
Baylor University

With more than a quarter of U.S. adults now having tattoos — and nearly half of millennials sporting them — only a handful of studies have focused on religious tattoos. But a new study by researchers at Baylor University and Texas Tech University analyzes faith-centered tattoos and is the first to use visual images of them.

4-Feb-2020 5:00 PM EST
Religious, Moral Beliefs May Exacerbate Concerns About Porn Addiction
American Psychological Association (APA)

Moral or religious beliefs may lead some people to believe they are addicted to pornography even when their porn use is low or average, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 3-Feb-2020 9:55 AM EST
“The Reckoning is Real”: On Slavery, the Church, and How Some 21st-Century Institutions Are (Finally) Starting to Talk About Reparations
New York University

Journalism professor and New York Times contributing writer Rachel L. Swarns sparks new conversations in the wake of her reporting and research on the Catholic Church and its ties to the American slave trade.

Released: 29-Jan-2020 2:25 PM EST
Third Reich's legacy tied to present-day xenophobia and political intolerance
Rice University

Who -- or what -- is to blame for the xenophobia, political intolerance and radical political parties spreading through Germany and the rest of Europe?

Newswise: Large Proportion of Reproductive-Age Women Live in Counties Where Catholic Hospitals Hold High Market Share
27-Jan-2020 12:00 PM EST
Large Proportion of Reproductive-Age Women Live in Counties Where Catholic Hospitals Hold High Market Share
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Nearly 2 of every 5 women of reproductive age in the U.S. live in counties where Catholic hospitals have a high market share, according to a new analysis. Catholic hospitals do not provide certain reproductive health options.

Newswise: How hospital chaplains learn how to do what they do
Released: 28-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST
How hospital chaplains learn how to do what they do
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Clinical pastoral education is an interfaith professional program that helps theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons develop the interpersonal skills needed to work as chaplains or spiritual care providers in hospitals and other settings.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President Paul S. Viviano Chosen for a 2020 Cardinal’s Award by Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Released: 21-Jan-2020 1:50 PM EST
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President Paul S. Viviano Chosen for a 2020 Cardinal’s Award by Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President and Chief Executive Officer Paul S. Viviano is being honored with the 2020 Cardinal’s Award by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Recognized for his distinguished leadership in the healthcare industry, for his advocacy on behalf of children’s healthcare issues and for embodying Catholic values in his outstanding contributions to the community, Viviano is one of six lay leaders who will be celebrated by the Archdiocese at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 29, 2020.

Newswise: Ethics, Jewish Law and the Baseball Cheating Scandal
Released: 20-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Ethics, Jewish Law and the Baseball Cheating Scandal
Cedars-Sinai

Has the newly revealed baseball cheating scandal – especially the signal-stealing scheme by the Houston Astros – got you down? Cedars-Sinai ethics and Jewish law experts agree that cheating in the national pastime can be jolting, and offer tips on keeping things in perspective while acknowledging that the revelations have been painful.

Newswise: U.S. protections for constitutional rights falling behind global peers
8-Jan-2020 9:00 PM EST
U.S. protections for constitutional rights falling behind global peers
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

New research from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (WORLD) shows that the United States is falling behind its global peers when it comes to guarantees for key constitutional rights. Researchers identified key gaps in the U.S. including guarantees of the right to health, gender equality, and rights for persons with disabilities.

Released: 9-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Center for Congregational Health Receives $1 Million Grant
Wake Forest Baptist Health

The Center for Congregational Health, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Division of FaithHealth Ministries, has been awarded a $1 million grant by Lilly Endowment Inc. in support of an initiative designed to empower clergy and lay leaders from different congregations in close geographical proximity to work collaboratively to help their faith communities thrive.

Newswise: The Surprising History of Christmas Traditions
Released: 19-Dec-2019 2:50 PM EST
The Surprising History of Christmas Traditions
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Did you know yuletide caroling began 1,000 years before Christmas existed? Or how about the fact that mistletoe was hung from doorways to ward off evil spirits? And before there was eggnog, the medieval English drank wassail made from mulled ale and roasted apples. Maria Kennedy, an instructor of folklore at Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, has researched the European holiday traditions that predate – and became an inseparable part of – Christmas.

Newswise: The origins of the term
Released: 13-Dec-2019 8:05 AM EST
The origins of the term "fundamentalist" and how the term has evolved
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The term “fundamentalist” turns 100 next year. Historian Chris Cantwell, whose research interests include evangelicalism and fundamentalism, can talk about the term's origins.

Released: 12-Dec-2019 2:25 PM EST
Research shows how providers in Catholic health systems use workarounds to provide contraception
University of Chicago Medical Center

Secular and Protestant hospital providers report fewer limitations on contraceptive care versus providers working in Catholic systems, according to recent research from the University of Chicago.

Newswise: How Often People Worship Is More Important than Where They Worship When It Comes to Being Good Neighbors
Released: 3-Dec-2019 8:55 AM EST
How Often People Worship Is More Important than Where They Worship When It Comes to Being Good Neighbors
Baylor University

Americans travel farther on average to their worship places than they did a decade ago. But while those who belong to a congregation in their neighborhood attend more often, “worshipping local” does not make them feel closer to their neighbors or more satisfied with the neighborhood, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and Calvin University.

Newswise: Ancient Egyptians Gathered Birds From the Wild for Sacrifice and Mummification
6-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
Ancient Egyptians Gathered Birds From the Wild for Sacrifice and Mummification
PLOS

In ancient Egypt, Sacred Ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a study released November 13, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sally Wasef of Griffith University, Australia and colleagues.

Newswise: How to improve epilepsy care in Africa? Include traditional healers, schoolchildren and the guy next door
Released: 31-Oct-2019 1:35 PM EDT
How to improve epilepsy care in Africa? Include traditional healers, schoolchildren and the guy next door
International League Against Epilepsy

In Mozambique, most people with epilepsy don’t seek treatment. So the country took on an intimidating challenge: Diagnose and treat more people by increasing awareness, reducing stigma, improving medication access, and partnering with traditional healers.

Newswise: Lessons from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on How to be a “Good Neighbor”
Released: 30-Oct-2019 10:50 AM EDT
Lessons from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on How to be a “Good Neighbor”
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Rogers, is scheduled for release next month. Louis Benjamin Rolsky, a part-time lecturer in Rutgers University– New Brunswick’s Department of Religious Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences

Newswise:  Scientists, legal scholars fight for transparency and fairness in housing algorithms
Released: 24-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Scientists, legal scholars fight for transparency and fairness in housing algorithms
Santa Fe Institute

the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposal to dramatically revise the Fair Housing Act. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed new legislation that would absolve landlords and lenders from any legal responsibility for discrimination that results from a third-party computer algorithm.

Released: 21-Oct-2019 2:35 PM EDT
UCI School of Medicine receives national award for excellence in diversity
University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is the recipient of a 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education. This is the first time UCI has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

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Released: 21-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Archaeologists Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Street in Jerusalem Built by Pontius Pilate
Taylor & Francis

An ancient walkway most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship at the Temple Mount has been uncovered in the "City of David" in the Jerusalem Walls National Park.


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