Topic: Culture and Society

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    As thousands of unaccompanied migrant children cross the US-Mexico border, Americans are being challenged by how to respond. “This is what our Catholic faith calls us to do,” says John Andrews of the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino County. But in Murrieta, California, Andrea Rockwood has a different perspective: “We need to fix our system before we can even help anybody. We can’t even help our own.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

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    “The Catholic bishops had a really strong statement saying don’t send the kids back; that would be morally wrong to send them back to dangerous situations. Others in the religious community are saying it’s a matter of law and order.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

  • Wild-Goose-Fest-FEAT

    “We encourage people to have conversations,” says Reverend Rosa Lee Harden, producer of the Wild Goose Festival. She finds that sometimes people “who weren’t raised in Christian families, who follow other faiths more deeply understand the message of Jesus than sometimes we do.” More

    June 27, 2014 | Comments

  • Endangered-Churches-v1-FEAT

    “It’s almost like a version of ‘This Old House’ where you look at a house that’s been in a state of deterioration and we need a lot of people and a lot of resources to come and try to help and get this house of worship back on its feet again,” says Rev. Wilbur Winborne, pastor of 19th Street Baptist Church in South Philadelphia, built in 1874. More

    June 20, 2014 | Comments

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    The number of people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going up steadily as a result of the lower age limits for both men and women who want to serve as missionaries. More

    May 30, 2014 | Comments

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    “Yoga’s techniques and goals move in and through and outside of religion in very interesting and complex ways,” says Debra Diamond, associate curator of south and southeastern Asian art for the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler galleries. Following its Washington debut, “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” an exhibition on yoga in Indian art history, was at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and it will soon travel to the Cleveland Museum of Art for the summer. More

    May 16, 2014 | Comments

  • Justice-for-Women-FEAT

    Of all the social issues facing our world, President Jimmy Carter says the abuse of women and girls is the greatest injustice of all, and that the pretext is often religion. “The [male] leaders of the great religions select verses from the Holy Bible or from the Qur’an that show women should be relegated to a secondary position in the eyes of God,” says Carter, author of A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power, “and this gives a potential abusive husband or an employer who wants to pay less to women employees than men an excuse.” More

    May 9, 2014 | Comments

  • Jordan-River-v5-FEAT

    The Jordan River is the central location for many sacred stories of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Modern Christians in particular are known to journey to the site some consider to be the religion’s actual starting point. “Why did they insist to build their churches here? Depending on the Bible, depending on the pilgrims’ accounts and the archeological studies,” says Rustom Mkhjian, assistant director of the Jordan River baptism site, “we know this is the spot where Jesus was baptized and Christianity started.” More

    May 8, 2014 | Comments

  • DIVINITY-GRADUATES-FEAT

    Seminary graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to secure paid, full-time jobs as pastors. Many are turning to other ways to serve or simply make ends meet while they look for work. “These students genuinely feel that existentially they have been challenged by God to serve people.” says Greg Sterling, dean of Yale Divinity School. “How are they going to do that if they can’t be supported” by a financially viable congregation? More

    May 2, 2014 | Comments

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    Watch Web-only excerpts from our recent conversation with the United Methodist pastor of the grandfather and grandson who were shot to death outside a Jewish community center in Kansas. More

    May 1, 2014 | Comments

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