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Science for Seminaries

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science is offering two-year grants to ten seminaries that incorporate more science into the teaching of theology and religious studies. The effort raises debate about the age-old tension between science and religion, but the purpose of the project is to educate more effective ministers and religious thinkers. Continue


State of the Union; Halki Seminary; Bruce Cockburn

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Religious reaction to the State of the Union speech; a historic Eastern Orthodox seminary in Turkey that religious freedom activists want reopened; singer, songwriter, and spiritual seeker Bruce Cockburn Continue


Bruce Cockburn

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Over his long career, 69-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn says he was continually reaching for God's presence, a connection he often feels while performing. His spiritual journey has now been chronicled in his book "Rumors of Glory." Continue


Istanbul’s Historic Religious Monuments

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Two of Istanbul’s top tourist destinations are also two of the city’s most important religious monuments: Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Watch scenes of both as author and Ottoman scholar Scott Rank discusses their historic spiritual and political significance for Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople. Continue


Muslims and Paris Attacks; Restoring Community in Ferguson

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Muslims respond to renewed debates about Islam and extremism; a charity in India provides free orthopedic care to poor people with disabilities and missing limbs; church leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, try to help their divided community heal Continue


The Cycle of Poverty in West Virginia

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Independent Lens
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In this scene from the second episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Jennifer Garner returns to her home state of West Virginia with Nicholas Kristof to visit rural, impoverished families. They travel with Tonya Bonecutter, a caseworker for Save the Children’s Early Steps, who explains that meth and prescription drugs plague all the families she works with. Continue


Catalina of Cartagena

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Independent Lens
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In this scene from the second episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Eva Longoria and Nicholas Kristof tour a slum in Cartagena, Colombia, with Catalina Escobar, founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation (“Juanfe”). They meet young women who are pregnant or already have several children. “She can get any girl to talk,” Longoria tells us. Continue


"Come to Selma"

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As the movie opens in theaters around the country amidst controversy over its portrayal of former president Lyndon Johnson, we speak with "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo, who portrays Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., about what it means to them to tell the story of the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Continue


Raising Children in Two Faiths

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How do interfaith couples decide which faith their children should adopt? "We both wanted to keep our own religions and our own identity for ourselves, so we knew from the beginning that we didn’t want our children to be just one of our faiths," says Amy Schombs, who is Jewish and whose husband is a Christian. Continue


India's Slum Dwellers

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Jockin Arputham started his campaign to build a network among the urban poor by organizing a critical mass of India's slum-dwelling population, especially women’s collectives. Today they pressure local governments to be more responsive to their needs, especially toilet and sanitation facilities. Continue


State of the Union and News of the Week

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Social justice and civil rights activists had a lot to like in President Obama's address, but religious conservatives were concerned by the “reframing” of issues such as gay marriage as matters of freedom and justice. Continue


Halki Seminary

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Once the world’s leading Eastern Orthodox seminary, Halki was closed by the Turkish government 43 years ago. The US and religious freedom activists want it reopened. But Turkish officials have long said that won't happen until Greece improves conditions for Turkish minorities living there. Continue


Ricky Jay and Art Spiegelman in Conversation

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American Masters
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This web-extra feature is a Hammer Conversation with Ricky Jay and Art Spiegelman, from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on November 17, 2007. Sleight-of-hand magician Ricky Jay and cartoonist Art Spiegelman discussed works from "Extraordinary Exhibitions," featuring over eighty 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century ephemeral advertising sheets known as broadsides, from Ricky Jay's own collection. Continue


Muslims and the Paris Attacks

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Last week’s wave of attacks in Paris has prompted new debates about Islam and extremism. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council about how the West should respond, how to counter an anti-Muslim backlash, and how US Muslims are trying to keep extremism from taking hold here. Continue


Protests in Port-au-Prince

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Independent Lens
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In this scene from the second episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Nicholas Kristof and Alfre Woodard arrive in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, just as anti-government protests unfold on the streets after an election has been postponed. Continue


Social Media Ethics; Raising Children in Two Faiths

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Controversy over experiments conducted by social media companies—like Facebook—on their users; interfaith families that observe the religious traditions of more than one faith; and celebrating Orthodox Epiphany at the Jordan River Continue


Orthodox Epiphany

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For many Christians, celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany means marking the appearance of Jesus. In Western churches, the holiday emphasizes the visit of the wise men to the baby Jesus. But Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism. Continue


Social Media Ethics

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Some social media companies—including Facebook—have run experiments to learn what influences user behavior. Many of these experiments have troubled both social media users and privacy advocates, who worry that this research and use of personal information is unethical. Continue


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