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Earthquake In Mexico Hit Churches Hard in Puebla State

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:58:00 -0400

The central Mexican town of Cholula is rich in colonial architecture and home to many churches. It's said there are actually 365 — one for every day of the year. But many were damaged by the quake.

Goodbye, For Now, To A Vital Source For Native American News

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:01:14 -0400

Indian Country Today Media Network announced it would "cease active operations." That leaves a big hole in news coverage by, and about, Native Americans.

'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:18 -0400

In his new one-man show, On the Media host Bob Garfield grapples with questions of identity and belonging. "I've been running from the religious part of my religion for my entire adult life," he says.

Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:06:11 -0400

It's one thing when outsiders don't recognize my faith. It's a different kind of sadness when I'm made to feel like a stranger in the synagogue.

Is The Apocalypse Coming? No, It Isn't!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:49:00 -0400

Biblical literalists affirm in The Sign that Sept. 23 is the day the end comes as prophesied in Revelation. Fortunately, the film doesn't only present this version of the story, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Nearly 400,000 Of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya Seek Asylum In Bangladesh

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Zafar Sobhan, editor-in-chief of the Dhaka Tribune, about the Rohingya in Bangladesh. Nearly 400,000 members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority have sought refuge.

Must-See Political TV

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:06:35 -0400

Pass the popcorn.

Islamic Society Of Tampa Bay Opened As An Evacuation Shelter

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:45:44 -0400

Volunteers say the facility is at full capacity after a wave of evacuees arriving from other parts of the state.

Christians And DACA

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:26:00 -0400

Christians of all denominations, including many evangelicals who have supported President Trump, are speaking out on behalf of immigrants protected from deportation under the DACA program.

Steve Bannon Criticizes Catholic Bishops For Response To DACA

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon says Catholic bishops like immigrants only because they need them to fill their pews. The bishops are reacting with anger.

Cathedral Dean On Decision To Remove Confederate Stained-Glass Windows

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 05:15:00 -0400

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith about the decision to remove stained-glass windows honoring Confederate leaders.

Christians And DACA

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 05:09:00 -0400

Christians of all denominations, including many evangelicals who have supported President Trump, are speaking out on behalf of immigrants protected from deportation under the DACA program.

National Cathedral Is Removing Stained-Glass Windows Honoring Confederate Leaders

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:34:00 -0400

"Are these windows, installed in 1953, an appropriate part of the sacred fabric of a spiritual home for the nation?" The answer, the cathedral's leadership decided Tuesday, is no.

Lee Relative Who Denounced White Supremacy Resigns As Pastor Of N.C. Church

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:39:34 -0400

Robert W. Lee IV said some members of his congregation were uncomfortable with the media attention he received after his speech against racism and hate on MTV's Video Music Awards in August.

'He Has A Reason': How Natural Disasters Test The Faithful

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:22:57 -0400

Spiritual leaders have long offered such counsel in times of human suffering. Theologians even have a term for efforts to explain why God and evil can coexist: theodicy.