Topic: Faith and Spirituality

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    Part four of a four-part series: evangelicals on their common commitment to spreading their faith. Tens of thousands do so through traditional career missionary efforts overseas, but the vast majority of evangelicals say they do it in their everyday lives. More

    May 7, 2004 | Comments

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    In the Orthodox Christian tradition, icons are said to be written, not painted. The Orthodox consider making icons more a form of prayer than art, and they believe the iconographer's hand is guided by God.

    April 9, 2004 | Comments

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    “Every single food on the Passover Seder plate has a dual symbolism,” says cookbook author Joan Nathan who explains the meaning behind some of the foods of the Seder. More

    April 2, 2004 | Comments

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    For members of the clergy, providing spiritual care for their congregants is a role they are well prepared for. But providing spiritual care to the sick can be a different sort of challenge. In the nation's capital, the Washington Hospital Center offers clergy special training sessions for a special kind of sick person: the patient with cancer.

    April 2, 2004 | Comments

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    Read more of Kelly Hudson’s interview with University of Chicago sociology professor Omar McRoberts about the suburbanization of black churches. More

    February 6, 2004 | Comments

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    Do ancient ruins in Israel support or contradict the Bible’s depiction of King David and King Solomon? Archaeologists debate the matter as digging proceeds at Megiddo, where scholars are unearthing and dating the remains of cities, altars, and battlefields at one of civilization’s most violent crossroads. More

    February 6, 2004 | Comments

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    A growing black middle class and the lack of available land in cities are luring some African-American congregations to the suburbs, depriving their old neighborhoods of the ministries that had served them. More

    February 6, 2004 | Comments

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    Many of the best known Christmas traditions were actually adapted from pagan practices and given new Christian meanings. More

    December 19, 2003 | Comments

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    There’s a movement under way among many Catholic women and women scholars to revise the reputation of Mary Magdalene. For centuries, she was reviled as a prostitute. But now, with the discovery of ancient text, several recent movies and novels are portraying her as an important figure in early church history.
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    November 21, 2003 | Comments

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    The consecration of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson caused international debate over the role of gays in the church. Some Episcopalians are celebrating what they see as the church's openness and diversity, while others are lamenting what they believe is departure from Christian teaching. We visit one parish that is wrestling vigorously over what to think and how to respond.

    October 31, 2003 | Comments

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