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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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Final Look Back

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:35:09 +0000

After almost 20 years of distinctive coverage of religion on mainstream television, this is the final episode of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Correspondent Kim Lawton looks back at some of the many changes she has covered in the American religious … More

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Looking Back

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:56:41 +0000

After almost 20 years of distinctive coverage of religion on mainstream television, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is coming to an end. In its last two episodes, the series looks back at some of its most memorable reports and interviews. This … More

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Conflict Resolution in Public Schools; In the Footsteps of Mother Teresa; Perspective on Syrian Refugees: Imam Omar Suleiman

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:21:18 +0000

Kansas classrooms are using mediation skills and restorative justice circles to resolve conflicts peacefully; Catholic seminarians travel from Minnesota to Calcutta to serve the poor and suffering the way Mother Teresa did; and a Texas imam visits Syrian refugee camps … More

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Sanctuary Movement; 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:55:19 +0000

Faith communities across the country are offering their houses of worship as places of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants; and it was Martin Luther, a stubborn monk and towering thinker, whose own spiritual crisis began a momentous religious revolution in 1517.

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Religious Reaction to Trump Executive Orders; New Camaldoli Hermitage; Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:37:32 +0000

Some communities of faith and religious leaders have responded sharply to the president’s recent directives; more and more lay people want to associate with and experience monastic life; and a new movie about Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan makes visible … More

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Religion and the New Trump Administration; Terry Waite

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:30:18 +0000

We discuss the influence religion and communities of faith will have on President Trump and our future public life; and this special envoy and former hostage ponders the meaning of faith and forgiveness, words and silence.

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Millennials and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr; Katie Meyler

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:44:48 +0000

Today’s millennial activists are ambivalent about the life and leadership of Dr. King; and a young woman from New Jersey finds her purpose in the slums of Monrovia, Liberia working for human rights and social justice, even during the Ebola … More

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Brexit and London’s Muslim Mayor; Sean Callahan; Shabbat/Sabbath

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:22:08 +0000

Sadiq Kahn is a strong voice for post-Brexit interfaith relations and reconciliation; the new president and CEO of Catholic Relief Service says humanitarian relief means “bringing the solidarity from one community to another”; and a family explains the meaning of the … More

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Look Ahead 2017

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:52:02 +0000

What will be among the most important religion stories to watch for in the New Year? More

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Look Back 2016

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:34:45 +0000

We review the top religion and ethics stories of the past year. More

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Mercy Chefs; The Threshold Choir; Hanukkah on the River

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:23:45 +0000

Volunteer chefs bring their love of food and a good meal to people in need; these singers say they “learn to be present” in a sacred moment with the dying; and menorahs, dreidels, latkes, and boat parades “spread the miracle” … More

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Restoring the Buffalo; Larry Brilliant; Bethlehem’s Holy Family Hospital

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:27:02 +0000

Members of the Blackfeet Nation restore their special relationship with the bison to fill their spiritual and material needs; a former hippie, doctor, and disease fighter chronicles his life rooted in the spirituality and social justice of the 1960s; and … More

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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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