The Catholic Church under Pope Francis may be open to reform on divorce, contraceptives, and marriage; the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims wants to end poverty, encourage peace, and foster religious understanding.
Combat veterans are coming home from our recent wars with deep moral injuries as well as physical wounds; when these Benedictine sisters are not praying for the world, they are working their 300-acre Colorado cattle ranch; and the days before … More
The biggest abortion case in decades will be argued before the Supreme Court minus Justice Scalia; ethical rules and responsibilities governing treatment of civilians caught up in international wars and conflicts; and actor Geza Rohrig, an Orthodox Jew, lead actor … More
The pope’s visit to Mexico highlights Catholic concern for immigrants and refugees; impact of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on upcoming court cases; and the influx at divinity schools of students who are secular or unaffiliated with any religious group.
- The Pope Meets the Patriarch; Israel Boycott Controversy; Teaching Children About Religion; Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Prayer
It was the first official meeting between a pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch since 1054; a movement of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel has gained the support of some US churches; an exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis teaches children about world religions and sacred journeys; Muslim men perform a ritual washing to cleanse hands, arms, face, and feet before they pray. More
Once staunchly Polish Catholic, this community outside Detroit is now the only US city with a Muslim-majority city council; Kentucky poet and farmer Wendell Berry is passing on his family’s farming legacy in partnership with a small Dominican college. More
A lawsuit alleges that some private yeshivas run by Hasidic Jewish sects are not complying with New York state law by not teaching English, math, and science; an activist, pastor, and preacher says white and black churches must cross the bridge to a new America now; and a church in Baltimore runs a boxing gym as part of its ministry and neighborhood outreach. More
Millions now turn to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to participate digitally in group grieving; recent religious violence traces back to an age-old controversy over the sacredness of cows in Hinduism; and an annual event encourages non-Muslim women to try wearing the headscarf for a day. More
- Doctors and End-of-Life Discussions; Sweet Honey in the Rock; Istanbul’s Historic Religious Monuments
Hospital patients who don’t express their end-of-life wishes can receive aggressive treatments that even their doctors say they wouldn’t want for themselves; after 40 years of singing for social justice, this a capella group has released a music video tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr; a historian discusses the significance of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. More
- Faith Communities and Gun Violence; Death with Dignity; Faith Groups and Corporate Social Responsibility
Many religious leaders and organizations approve of President Obama’s new gun control measures; there is growing state interest in physician-assisted suicide legislation in the US; and an interfaith coalition of long-term shareholders and investors tries to influence companies to behave ethically More