Topic: Culture and Society

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    “I was looking for a place where I could practice empathy,” says Randall Smith. “I’m looking for a place to practice tolerance. I’m looking for a place to practice compassion, love, truth. What I found in the Friends community is a place to do that that is safe, that is a very large tent. The great part of that is I ended up joining the most unorganized organized religion I could find.” More

    June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    Some mosques use the month of Ramadan as an opportunity to educate friends and neighbors about Islam. The Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia encourages members of its congregation to bring non-Muslim friends to their iftar dinners, the meal that breaks the fast during Ramadan. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik describes how the program ties the community together. More

    June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    Muslim leaders spoke out this week after the massacre in Orlando. “We condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “It violates our principles as Americans and as Muslims.” And Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America, observed that “whatever they say about the practice of homosexuality is irrelevant to the fact we are committed to respect the other.” More

    June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “It’s not just evangelicals,” says John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. “There are other pieces of the Republican Party that are in disarray as well. But because evangelicals play just a central role at the ballot box, that has to be a top priority for Republicans who want to be successful,” More

    June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “We really need to free dying from the hospital and take it back into the community where it belongs,” said Dr. VJ Periyakoil, director of palliative care education and training at Stanford University School of Medicine.
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    June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “We’re here as a sign of God’s presence,” says Father Edwin Leahy, headmaster of St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, New Jersey. “That’s who we are as monks. We take a vow of stability of place, so even though the neighborhoods change around us on a regular basis, we stay.” More

    June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “Women have for a long time felt shut out from mosques everywhere. And so instead of trying to argue against whether this women’s mosque should exist or not, they should really be looking at their own communities and wondering how they can make them a more welcoming place for everyone,” says Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, one of the preachers at the all-female Women’s Mosque of America. More

    June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    Pastor Frank Amedia, the Trump campaign’s liaison for Christian policy, says he expects evangelicals “will hear [Trump’s] heart They will be able to make decisions based themselves upon seeing the heart of the man, not through the media, not through campaign stumping, but face to face.” More

    May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “At the end of the day I’m not depending on insurance, and I’m not depending ultimately on Samaritan [Ministries]. I’m depending on God. Samaritan is something I’m actually choosing because I believe it honors God,” says Jonathan Velez, a member of a Christian health sharing program. More

    May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    This poignant collection of correspondence between brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, arguably two of the most important Roman Catholics of the 20th century, offers a window into the Catholic peace movement they led and a sense of their epistolary devotion to one another. More

    May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

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