Topic: Culture and Society

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    “Donald Trump captured 81 percent of the white evangelical vote. That was key, because if you take away the evangelical share of the vote, which is about a quarter, Hillary Clinton would have won by a landslide. Now, 81 percent is slightly more than Mitt Romney got, but keep in mind that this time around there were some evangelical leaders who were telling their followers not to vote for Donald Trump,” says Jerome Socolovsky, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. More

    November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “My hope is that every breath I take, every step is prayer,” says Nancy Bell, a Quaker who came to Three Rivers and began receiving spiritual direction from the Benedictine monks at St. Gregory’s Abbey. “Work can be a meditation, and so I try to do what seems to be the thing to do in the moment. Basically I just do simple, everyday things. I guess gratitude probably would be my major prayer. Just being thankful.” More

    November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “When you walk into the voting booth, I’ve compared it to the holy of holies in the ancient temple. A curtain is closed behind you. You are alone with your God and your vote. People will cast their votes listening to their hearts,” says Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alliance. More

    November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “Right now, given the current climate and the political rhetoric, we are a target,” says Olivia Cantu, South Florida director of Emerge USA, a national organization that works to increase Muslim-American engagement in politics. “We are being attacked.” More

    November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “Spirituals are, of course, the songs that the enslaved crafted to tell the story of their experience. But more than that, to tell the story of their faith and the understanding of who they were in relationship to God, and who God was in relationship to them, and it became a story of freedom,” says Rev. Kelly Brown Douglass, Canon Theologian at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. More

    November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    United Methodism, Roman Catholicism, evangelical Christianity, and “the power of positive thinking” have all shaped the politics and personal stories of this year’s candidates for national office. More

    October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    Peace, says history professor and scholar of the Muslim world Juan Cole, “is very central to the cultures of the Middle East. You greet someone by saying ‘Peace be upon you.’ It has the form of a prayer.” More

    October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “Catholics are the perennial swing voters in American politics. Whichever way Catholics go, usually that’s the way the presidency goes. I expect that to be true this election, too,” says Professor Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. More

    October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “I was living in the Bay Area. I had a nice salary. I had a very expensive foreign car. I had everything you think that a twenty-some-year-old kid would want. But I realized that without going back to Liberia I’d never really know who I am truly as a person,” says Chid Liberty, social entrepreneur and CEO of Liberty & Justice, a sustainable, fair-trade garment factory in Monrovia that manufactures school uniforms for children across Liberia. More

    October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “Now that I know how many kids feel like their life is meaningless and they don’t expect to live to see their 18th birthday, I can’t walk away and not do something about it,” says Teresa Goines, founder of Old Skool Café, a supper club run by at-risk youth in San Francisco. More

    October 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

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