More than 80,000 Mormon missionaries are now serving around the world; all abortions are against the law in this Central American country; and this dancing by Sufi Muslims is also a spiritual offering.
The legacy of Nelson Mandela; the pope’s document urging Catholics to do more for the poor; churches and alternative Christmas gift-giving; and the growing number of Hispanic Protestants in the U.S.
Divisions in the United Methodist Church over same-sex marriage; historian Taylor Branch on the key civil rights events of 1963; students and tutors recite the Gettysburg Address in honor of its 150th anniversary. More
Celebrating Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day; removing the homeless from downtown; and using dogs to comfort disaster victims. More
A conversation on the agenda of the US Catholic bishops and the anniversary of JFK’s assassination; the debate over gun control in communities of faith; and a movement to identify the unmarked graves of mentally disabled patients More
A Supreme Court case tests the limits of public prayer and the First Amendment; income inequality threatens to put an end to the American Dream; its 75th anniversary recalls a violent anti-Semitic pogrom known as the “night of broken glass”; and the destruction of a historic British cathedral during World War II leads to a ministry of peace and reconciliation. More
Changing expectations for reform under Pope Francis; violence, neuroscience, and the ethics of probing the human brain to predict violent behavior; and Reza Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” More
Complex relationships between slaves, slaveowners, abolitionists, and religion in the new movie “12 Years a Slave”; a lawyer works to make justice accessible for all in Southeast Asia; and the challenges facing Conservative Judaism on its 100th anniversary More
Ethical challenges raised by long-term isolation of inmates; Catholic writer James Lee Burke on moral and biblical themes and influences in his best-selling crime novels; and a mock pilgrimage that teaches Muslim American children about the rituals of the hajj. More