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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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Salt Lake City Refugee Resettlement; Christmas Music Tells the Story; Packing Meals for the Hungry

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:44:53 +0000

Many refugees find a new home in conservative Utah; Carols, hymns, and popular songs eloquently convey this dark season’s hopes and fears; A community church in Virginia works with Stop Hunger Now to feed hungry children around the world.

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Church Security; Kirk Franklin; Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Prayer

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:27:06 +0000

After recent shootings in houses of worship, how should churches balance the need for security with the desire to welcome;  The award-winning gospel artist looks back on his successes, his failures, and “making God famous;” Muslim men perform a ritual … More

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America’s Incarcerated; Haiti Hurricane Relief Update; F.A.R.M. Café

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:15:13 +0000

Why the US has incarcerated so many people; a trip to Haiti reveals how much humanitarian work remains to be done amidst widespread destruction; and a visit to a restaurant in North Carolina whose mission is to Feed All Regardless … More

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Post-Election Analysis; Three Rivers Spirituality

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:29:25 +0000

A discussion of Election 2016, faith-based voters, and voting results; and a spot in rural Michigan is home to five retreat centers that offer stability, community, and a sense of spiritual healing.  

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Morally Conflicted Voters; Muslim American Voters; African-American Spirituals

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:18:13 +0000

Many voters this year are discouraged, disgusted, divided, and disappointed and unsure about the moral obligation to vote; how Muslim Americans view the challenges of the 2016 presidential election; and the songs that have resonated since slavery with messages of … More

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Election 2016: Candidates’ Religious Backgrounds; The Meaning of Peace in the Quran

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:19:15 +0000

How does religious faith influence the lives and the politics of this year’s nominees; A University of Michigan scholar studies what peace means in the words and world of the Quran.

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Election 2016: Catholic Voters; Liberian Entrepreneur Chid Liberty

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:02:45 +0000

What’s a Catholic to do on Election Day this year; “How can we pull people out of poverty if we’re not actually making something?”

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Religious Debate and the Campaign; Fighting Human Trafficking; Old Skool Café

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:43:12 +0000

How are religious voters reacting to the latest Donald Trump accusations; Rescuing children who are victims of criminal trafficking is the work of an undercover team led by an American Mormon; A former Los Angeles corrections officer hopes this youth-run … More

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Creating Working Schools in Liberia; Holocaust Denial; Blessing of the Animals

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:35:34 +0000

Can a private, for-profit US company repair the broken school system in this West African nation shattered by war and Ebola; A new movie about Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt confronts the meaning of truth and lies; A special annual service … More

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Shaun Casey on Religion and Diplomacy; Hiring the Homeless; Jewish High Holidays Boot Camp

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:47:43 +0000

A new State Department office believes the US ignores the global impact of religion at its peril; In the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico “there is a better way to help the homeless than criminalizing them;” At the experimental Lab/Shul in … More

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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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