Topic: Faith and Spirituality

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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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    “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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    “Refugees are not the ones harming this country,” says Aden Batar, director of immigration and refugee resettlement for Catholic Community Services of Utah. “Ever since the refugee resettlement program started back in the ’70s, we have more than 3 million successfully resettled in the US, and those refugees are contributing members of our society.”
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    June 17, 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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    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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    “Just as there are sometimes some Christians who have wanted to drive everyone who disagrees with us out of the public square, I think we’re facing some secularists who would like to drive people of sincerely held religious conviction out of the public square as well,” says Rev. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. More

    May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “It is not just beautiful monuments which are there for tourists,” says Christian Manhart of UNESCO. The temples and religious sites in Nepal, damaged so badly in last year’s earthquake, are also used by the people of the country. “It’s a very strong living culture.” More

    May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    Does the federal government control so much Western land that it even violates some religious beliefs? Says historian Will Bagley: “I’ve found distinct similarities between what sagebrush rebels believe and what frontier Mormons believe. Both parties believe states’ rights are second only to scripture. The government persecutes them because they’re righteous, and they’re the only true patriots. They love the Constitution, but they hate the government.” More

    May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

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