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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

An examination of religion's role and the ethical dimensions behind top news headlines.

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New African American Museum; Project Mercy; The Amidah Prayer

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:44:29 +0000

A new national museum explore the role religion has played in the African-American experience and the making of America; a nonprofit in San Diego improves the lives of the poor in nearby Tijuana by building sturdy new homes for them; and … More

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Spiritual Healthcare; One Extraordinary Church

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:33:11 +0000

Spiritual care is gaining  ground as an integral part of hospital care; and Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, who founded a church for all the sinners and saints in need of God’s grace.    

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9/11 Fifteenth Anniversary; Where Refugees Are Welcome; Children’s Hajj

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:46:53 +0000

The state of interfaith relations 15 years after 9/11; Uganda’s welcoming yet imperfect hospitality to aliens and migrants; and a simulated pilgrimage that teaches Muslim children about the rituals of the hajj.      

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The Singing Monks of Norcia; Digital Addiction; Church Ushers

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 20:55:04 +0000

This Benedictine monastic community has had a chart-topping album but now it faces repairs to damage from Italy's earthquake; Americans are increasingly dependent on their digital devices; and the ushers at Hemingway Memorial AME Church in Maryland serve a divine purpose More

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Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric; Affordable Heart Surgery; Laughter Yoga

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:06:16 +0000

Christians and Muslims share a meal together in an effort to overcome hate speech; Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty provides world-class heart surgery that even India's poorest can afford; and a growing spiritual practice combines the breathing techniques of yoga and the joy of laughing. More

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Faith-Based Relief in Louisiana Flooding; $70K Minimum Wage CEO; The Boxer

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:21:48 +0000

Religious disaster-response groups are aiding victims of the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy; Will other businesses follow in Dan Price’s footsteps and put purpose before profit; A Baltimore church runs a boxing gym as part of its ministry and neighborhood outreach. More

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Ferguson, Missouri Two Years On; Sunni-Shia Harmony; Minnesota Lama

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:07:23 +0000

We look back at the shooting that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement; Why do Sunni and Shia Muslims live together in relative harmony in the US; This fourth-grader has been recognized as a reincarnation of an eminent spiritual leader … More

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Religion at the Olympics; Mother Teresa and Sainthood; Noah’s Ark Park

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:35:27 +0000

Some observers say the summer Olympics may be the largest interfaith gathering on earth; The woman who wrote that “the place of God in my soul is blank” will become a Catholic saint in September; This controversial park presents a … More

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Religion and the 2016 Democratic National Convention; Yellowstone Spirituality

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:05:52 +0000

Which religious groups support Hillary Clinton? And which ones are cautious to rally around her; Finding beauty, peace and–for many–the sense of the holy in the nation’s oldest park.  

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Religion and the 2016 Republican National Convention; Streaming Church Services

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:42:08 +0000

Which religious groups are rallying around Donald Trump? And which ones are speaking out against him; Can online church services replace in-person worship?

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Violence, Law Enforcement, Race and Justice; Catholic Deacons; Virginia Theological Seminary’s New Organ

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:06:42 +0000

How do we repair what race has broken; We look at the role of deacons in the Catholic Church—the men who serve and the women who want to serve; A new pipe organ in a seminary chapel warmly sings and … More

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Church Security; Kirk Franklin

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:40:26 +0000

Houses of worship try to balance the need for security with the desire to welcome; and the award-winning gospel artist talks about faith, failure, and “making God famous.”    

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The Supreme Court 2016; Amish Grace; Eid al-Fitr

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:07:27 +0000

We look back at the High Court’s completed term, defined in many ways by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia; it’s coming up on the 10th anniversary of the murder of five Amish girls killed in their schoolhouse in Nickel … More

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Religion and Presidential Politics 2016; Mormon Welfare Program; Quakers in Costa Rica; Bring a Friend to Mosque

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:33:50 +0000

Donald Trump meets with evangelicals while interfaith activists protest his candidacy; The LDS Church says caring for anyone in need is the right thing to do; Sixty-five years ago, these American friends moved to avoid the draft, live peaceably, and … More

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Religious Responses to Orlando Massacre; Evangelicals and Donald Trump; Salt Lake City Refugee Resettlement

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:18:36 +0000

Faith communities respond to the latest mass shooting; the presumptive Republican nominee faces a sharply divided evangelical vote; and many refugees are finding a home in conservative Utah.    

Doctors and End-of-Life Discussions; Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:42:48 +0000

End-of-life care in the US is broken, and some say end-of-life conversations the solution; and students at this school for boys are guided by the Rule of Benedict as they engage in the daily practice of living in Christian community.  

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Payday Lenders; Women’s Mosque of America; Packing Meals for the Hungry

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 20:08:15 +0000

They provide quick money when banks do not, but they also target and trap the very poor; women lead prayers, preach sermons, and serve together at this all-female mosque—the first of its kind in the US; and a community church … More

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Candidates Reach Out to Evangelicals; Christian Healthcare Sharing; The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Experience

Fri, 27 May 2016 20:27:26 +0000

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump want the support of evangelicals like Hispanic leader Rev. Sammy Rodriguez; sharing ministries require members to cover one another’s medical costs as they arise; and the JVC is celebrating 60 years of commitment to social … More

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Mississippi “Religious Freedom” Law; Ethical Obligations to Displaced People; Nepal’s Historic Temples

Fri, 20 May 2016 20:19:39 +0000

Some say a controversial new state law justifies discrimination based on religious belief; a Catholic theologian argues that we have “moral proximity” to migrants and refugees on the other side of the world; the sacred sites in this quake-damaged South … More

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Evangelicals and Campaign 2016; Sagebrush Rebellion; Jews in Cochin, India

Fri, 13 May 2016 22:07:11 +0000

Donald Trump and the evangelical vote; frontier Mormons and control of the vast lands of the American West; and a dwindling Jewish community says goodbye to its historic synagogue on the Malabar Coast.    

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Arbitration by Faith; Faith Films; Holocaust Remembrance: Reading the Names

Fri, 06 May 2016 20:15:04 +0000

Religious arbitration is replacing settlement of disputes in courts of law; Christian filmmakers have growing success with low-budget, big-screen features marketed through churches; and on Yom HaShoah visitors to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum recite the names of those who … More

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Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric; Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life; Holocaust Survivor Shabbat

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:49:16 +0000

Christians and Muslims share a meal together in an effort to overcome hate speech; scientists and theologians ponder the meaning of life on other planets; and a survivor shares her life story with a group of young Jewish girls.    

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Digital Addiction; Diane Rehm on Assisted Suicide; Selling Chametz for Passover

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:55:16 +0000

We seem to be hopelessly hooked on our digital devices;  the husband of a well-known NPR host, after experiencing a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, asks his doctor to help him die; preparing for Passover includes getting rid of yeast or leaven … More

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Catholics, Immigration, and Deportation; New Christian Contemplatives

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:53:14 +0000

The debate over deportation and immigration reform gets played out from the border to the Supreme Court; and an Episcopal church in Richmond, Virginia offers a more open, more mystical experience of God.    

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Pope Francis’ Document on Family Life; Stemming Chicago Gun Violence; Church Ushers

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 21:16:58 +0000

A new papal exhortation called “The Joy of Love” tries to “see the grace in people’s lives”; Religious leaders are working to foster empathy and forgiveness among the survivors of shooting victims; The ushers at Hemingway Memorial AME Church in … More

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Chicago Gun Violence; John Danforth on Religion and Politics

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:20:37 +0000

Faith groups and religious leaders try to defeat the city’s gun violence crisis; a former US senator questions whether religion has any place in politics.    

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Candidates Reach Out to Jewish Voters; Supreme Court Contraceptive Mandate; Easter Flowers

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:28:38 +0000

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is always a key stop for presidential candidates; does the Affordable Care Act burden the free exercise of religion; and they represent rebirth and the gladness of the resurrection.    

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Religion in Cuba; India’s Artificial Limb Enterprise; Holy Week

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:36:17 +0000

As the US and Cuba restore diplomatic ties, is the Cuban government also becoming less hostile to religion and the church; a charity is restoring disabled people’s mobility and sense of dignity—free of charge; and we travel to New Mexico … More

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Pope Francis and Family Issues; The Aga Khan

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:38:29 +0000

The Catholic Church under Pope Francis may be open to reform on divorce, contraceptives, and marriage; the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims wants to end poverty, encourage peace, and foster religious understanding.

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Healing Moral Wounds of War; Rancher Nuns; Baha’i 19-Day Fast

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 21:14:10 +0000

Combat veterans are coming home from our recent wars with deep moral injuries as well as physical wounds; when these Benedictine sisters are not praying for the world, they are working their 300-acre Colorado cattle ranch; and the days before … More

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