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What Our Monuments (Don't) Teach Us About Remembering The Past

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:02:02 -0400

A history professor who studies the politics of memory tells us what the United States can learn from how Germans remember their history.

Irish Bishops Advise Priests With Children How To 'Face Up' To Responsibilities

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:06:00 -0400

"If, contrary to this obligation [to celibacy], a priest fathers a child, the wellbeing of his child should be his first consideration," the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference said in its guidelines.

Can Faith Leaders Help America Heal After Charlottesville?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:06:30 -0400

Are we hearing enough from the nation's faith leaders right now? What are they saying...and who's listening?

Some Liberty University Grads Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:01:00 -0400

A group of alumni from one of the nation's most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school's president for his continued alignment with President Trump.

How To Talk Race With Your Family: Ask Code Switch

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:57:20 -0400

We asked you to send us your racial conundrums. And in the first 'Ask Code Switch,' we take on a big one: How do you talk to family members whose racial views seem stuck in the Stone Age?

Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:50:00 -0400

Business leaders have resigned from Trump's council over his response to Charlottesville. But evangelical leaders may see their role differently.

The Role Of Solar Eclipses In Religion

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Throughout human history, solar eclipses have been seen as having great religious significance, often as omens or signs of divine warning or punishment. Major and minor religions alike have their own understandings.

In Contrast To Business Councils, Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stay Put

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

President Trump has lost business advisers as a result of his Charlottesville comments, but his evangelical advisers appear to be sticking by him.

Once Shot For Advocating For Girls' Education, Malala Is Going To Oxford

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:35:00 -0400

The young Pakistani-born woman shot by the Taliban because she advocated for girls' education is now headed to Oxford. Malala Yousafzai is also the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Between Swimming And S'mores, Young Muslim Campers Learn To Cope With Rising Hate

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:27:00 -0400

The 55-year-old Muslim Youth Camp is taking on new meaning as a temporary respite for today's new generation in the current political climate.

Tillerson Calls Out Key Persian Gulf Allies In Religious Freedom Report

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:00 -0400

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the annual religious freedom report on Tuesday, singling out some key US partners from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. This comes after Tillerson has faced criticism for downplaying human rights.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:25:00 -0400

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

In Germany, Churchgoers Are Encouraged To Tweet From The Pews

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

As it celebrates 500 years since Martin Luther and the Reformation, the Protestant church in Germany is turning to social media to reach those too busy to attend.

In Charlottesville, Religious Leaders Try To Comfort Residents

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:17:00 -0400

In Virginia, religious leaders are trying to comfort their congregations and address the complicated racial tensions facing the city.

Giving Voice To Memories From 1947 Partition And The Birth Of India And Pakistan

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:33:00 -0400

This month, India and Pakistan celebrate 70 years of independence. But the scars of a violent partition linger. An oral history project is racing to collect stories from those who lived through it.