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    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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    “Refugees are not the ones harming this country,” says Aden Batar, director of immigration and refugee resettlement for Catholic Community Services of Utah. “Ever since the refugee resettlement program started back in the ’70s, we have more than 3 million successfully resettled in the US, and those refugees are contributing members of our society.”
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    “Carols and hymns are amazingly succinct theological statements,” says Eileen Guenther, professor of church history at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. “There is more theology in a few words of poetry than you can possibly imagine. You can have a whole sermon in four lines.” More

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    “This world is filled with so many problems you almost don’t know where to start. When you gather a bunch of people together there’s strength, and there’s encouragement in that…Instead of hearing a sermon, they come here and be the sermon,” says Grace Community Church senior pastor John Slye. More

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    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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    “We’ve got to protect our congregation and ourselves,” says David Lee, a Presbyterian church deacon. But “how do you really do that if someone enters our facility with intent to do harm? It’s not clear how do we go about doing things.” More

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    “These are shaky times,” says Christian gospel, R&B, rap, pop, and hip-hop artist Kirk Franklin. “I’m praying and hoping maybe one thing that I’ve said, from somebody who came from nothing, could maybe still give just a little bit of hope that it can get better.” More

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    “When it’s time for prayer we say, am I clean?” explains Imam Talib Shareef of the Masjid Muhammad Mosque in Washington, DC. The ritual ablution a Muslim performs before prayer, he says, starts with intentions: “I intend to make the ablution for preparation to stand in obedience before my Lord.” More

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    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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    “We do have a higher rate of violence—not crime, but a higher rate of violence—than other industrialized nations,” says Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project. “Some of that, our high murder rate, is related to the widespread availability of guns and illegal weapons.” More

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