Holy weight loss

Here’s my April 23 faith beat newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each weekend, sign-up here.

I was swamped this week with sabbath research, as my team prepares to release a great series on the fourth commandment. I don’t want to spoil all the interesting tidbits I’ll include in my articles, but I do want to note that it was amazing to reflect on how old religious rituals can be made new.

My job requires me to stay connected with readers, potential sources and my favorite writers seven days a week, so it can be hard to carve out space for my own sabbath practice. Interviews this week remined me that self-care needs to come first sometimes, which means I may need to start tweeting a little less on Saturdays and Sundays. I get to test drive this new mindset this weekend in beautiful Arches National Park. Lucky me!

Also, I have more good news to share! I received second place in a regional science writing contest for a piece I wrote last year on the ethics of gene editings. Check it out here.

FRESH OFF THE PRESS FROM ME

Q&A: How NPR host Krista Tippett finds goodness in the world (even during election season)

How new marriage license laws affect couples

Prince had strong faith ties throughout his career

3 quirky ways Passover will be celebrated this year

TOP RELIGION READS

Weight loss is ministry’s gain, Faith & Leadership

Sex abuse and the Catholic Church: Why is it still a story?, The New York Times

How should Muslim parents and teachers talk to children about Donald Trump?, The Washington Post

The Toast’s Mallory Ortberg on death, faith and why it’s so easy to make fun of Christians, Sojourners

JUST FOR FUN

The Babylon Bee — think of it as The Onion for faith news — has been brightening up my Twitter feed since I read about it in The Washington Post.

Here’s my favorite headline from this week: Church disappointed to learn man speaking in tongues is actually just exchange student

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