Topic: Faith and Spirituality

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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

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    With millions of people in India suffering from mental illnesses and only five thousand psychiatrists to treat them, many seek out faith healers to fill in the gap. “Access to care is not there, lack of professionals, lack of medication, lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, so all this leads to only one thing,” says mental health advocate Milesh Hamlai. “You go to the easiest and the most available source of help.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

  • Wounded-Priest-FEAT

    “The greatest passport I have personally to work across the world is what I’ve lost,” says Father Michael Lapsley, who lost both hands in an assassination attempt. “When people see me, they know I’ve suffered loss, and even though their loss may be very different, they’re still able to identify.” More

    July 11, 2014 | Comments

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    More than 2,200 candle-lit paper lanterns with individually written messages of peace were set afloat onto a large reflecting pool in New York City in honor of people who have dedicated their lives to the cause of peace. More

    July 10, 2014 | Comments

  • Hobby-Lobby-Decision-FEAT6

    “The court will have to sort of decide where one person’s freedom ends and another person’s begins on something like this. But it does point to this larger question that we have,” observes Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, “should religious groups or religious people or institutions be treated differently under the law than everybody else, and what the court is saying here is, Yes.” More

    July 3, 2014 | Comments

  • Donor's-Gift-FEAT

    Phil Jones was told that he had an incurable bone marrow cancer, and that he was too old for the procedure that might save his life. The Moffitt Cancer Center of Florida disagreed, and a perfect donor match appeared in a naval officer who was also an ordained minister. Jones says he “felt God’s hand in the whole thing. I never doubted for a moment that I would make it.” More

    July 3, 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

  • Religious-Outreach-to-Veterans-FEAT2

    “You may come home feeling good, you did your duty, you helped people, you helped keep your unit alive. Then at some point you may start to think,” observes Rita Nakashima Brock of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinty School, “who am I that I could do those things? That’s when moral injury kicks in.” More

    June 13, 2014 | Comments

  • Rita-Brock-Extended-Interview-FEAT

    “It is not that you ever forget what happened to you in war, it is part of your life story. There are no other institutions in our society that I know of except religious institutions that support people over their entire life course.” More

    June 13, 2014 | Comments

  • Dhammakaya-Temple-v1-FEAT

    Leaders of the largest Buddhist temple in the world want it “to be like Mecca is in Islam, a global center,” says Rachelle Scott, an expert on the group and assistant director of religious studies at the University of Tennessee. “Critics question the intentions of the temple. They think that the primary intention is to make money.” More

    June 13, 2014 | Comments

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