Topic: Belief and Practice

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    Observant Jews prepare for Passover by getting rid of everything in the house that is chametz, or leavened. We visited the Orthodox Jewish family of Ari and Shoshana Lerner to see how they were preparing. More

    March 30, 2007 | Comments

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    The question of whether to ordain gay clergy has challenged and divided many denominations, including Conservative Jews. The Orthodox strongly oppose gay ordination, but reform Jews accept it. Now, the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has recommended that Conservative seminaries should be allowed to admit gays.

    February 2, 2007 | Comments

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    By some estimates, the number of children in this country being taught at home is well over a million and may be approaching two million. Yet in some states there is very little or no government oversight of what the kids are learning, which is just the way most home school parents want it. More

    January 10, 2007 | Comments

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    This year, almost three million Muslims are making the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It’s considered one of the five fundamental obligations of Islam. An estimated 15,000 Muslims from the U.S. traveled last year, and considerably more were expected this year. Imam Shaker Elsayed of the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia has been on many hajjes. He went again this year and agreed to discuss the journey. More

    December 29, 2006 | Comments

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    During the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, these two teenage boys led prayers and recited the entire Qur’an from memory. More

    October 6, 2006 | Comments

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    In northern California, Rabbi Alan Lew encourages Jews to borrow from the Buddhist tradition of meditation to enhance their practice during the High Holidays and all year round. Says Lew, “what really makes Jewish prayer powerful is something inexpressible, and meditation really sensitizes you to the inexpressible.” More

    September 15, 2006 | Comments

  • Read more of Bob Abernethy’s July 6, 2006 interview in Washington, D.C. with Francis S. Collins, director of the Human Genome Project:
    Q: How do you describe yourself as a Christian?
    A: I’m a serious Christian. I take my faith seriously. I … More

    July 21, 2006 | Comments

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    Popular in poorer neighborhoods, storefront churches preach love and gratitude. Often set up wherever space is available, these houses of worship have the unique capability to meet their worshippers right where they are.

    July 14, 2006 | Comments

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    Remarks were delivered by Bill Moyers at the funeral service for William Sloane Coffin on April 20, 2006, at Riverside Memorial Church in New York City.

    April 20, 2006 | Comments

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    Read an excerpt from IN THE COMPANY OF CHRIST: A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH HOLY WEEK by Benedicta Ward. More

    April 7, 2006 | Comments

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