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Candidates Reach Out to Jewish Voters; Supreme Court Contraceptive Mandate; Easter Flowers
March 25, 2016
Candidates Reach Out to Jewish Voters; Supreme Court Contraceptive Mandate; Easter Flowers

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is always a key stop for presidential candidates; does the Affordable Care Act burden the free exercise of religion; and they represent rebirth and the gladness of the resurrection.
 
 

March 25, 2016
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Candidates Reach Out to Jewish Voters
March 25, 2016
Candidates Reach Out to Jewish Voters
Amidst the clashes over Jewish values that took place during this week’s annual meeting of AIPAC, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, one rabbi tried to find common ground: “America and Israel are built upon values: B’tzelem Elohim, everyone is created in the image of God; kavod ...
March 25, 2016
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Supreme Court Contraception Mandate
March 25, 2016
Supreme Court Contraception Mandate
“We Little Sisters of the Poor are a group of women who made religious vows to God. Now we find ourselves in a situation where the government is requiring us to make changes in our religious health care plan to include services that really violate our deepest held religious beliefs as Little ...
March 25, 2016
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Easter Flowers
March 25, 2016
Easter Flowers
Easter becomes “a very thin, generic festival,” says author Rev. Fleming Rutledge, without “looking into the grave and then saying we rejoice with the risen Christ.” Only then, she says, can flowers “give us the gladness that comes with the unrepeatable quality of the resurrection.”
March 25, 2016
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Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric; Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life; Holocaust Survivor Shabbat
April 29, 2016
Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric; Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life; Holocaust Survivor Shabbat

Christians and Muslims share a meal together in an effort to overcome hate speech; scientists and theologians ponder the meaning of life on other planets; and a survivor shares her life story with a group of young Jewish girls.
 
 

April 29, 2016
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Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
April 29, 2016
Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
“Stereotypes lose their power because they’re replaced by true, authentic relationships,” says Rev. Josh Graves, pastor of the Nashville megachurch Otter Creek Church of Christ, describing his project of engagement between Christians and Muslims. “It’s very hard for people to care about ...
April 29, 2016
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Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
April 29, 2016
Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
“The usual notion is that Christianity would have a special problem dealing with intelligence out there, because it would take us away from being the center of the universe. For some people that’s very threatening, because somehow we won’t be as special as we have been,” says astronomer and ...
April 29, 2016
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Holocaust Survivor Shabbat
April 29, 2016
Holocaust Survivor Shabbat
“Isn’t it amazing?” says Holocaust survivor Lola Byron, who grew up understanding that “no one was supposed to know I was Jewish.” “So many Jewish young women feeling completely comfortable with where they are and what they’re doing and not having to hide and not having to do it on the ...
April 29, 2016
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Digital Addiction; Diane Rehm on Assisted Suicide; Selling Chametz for Passover
April 22, 2016
Digital Addiction; Diane Rehm on Assisted Suicide; Selling Chametz for Passover

We seem to be hopelessly hooked on our digital devices;  the husband of a well-known NPR host, after experiencing a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, asks his doctor to help him die; preparing for Passover includes getting rid of yeast or leaven … More

April 22, 2016
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Digital Addiction
April 22, 2016
Digital Addiction
“We’re at a moment where we’ve adopted a new technology,” says MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle. “We’ve been vulnerable to its seduction, and we’re also ready to say this has led us not to a good place in terms of how it’s affected our relationships. It’s time for ...
April 22, 2016
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Diane Rehm on Assisted Suicide
April 22, 2016
Diane Rehm on Assisted Suicide
“People need to talk about this issue,” says Diane Rehm, author of On My Own. “Doctors need to be taught about this issue. The whole idea of doctors being taught about helping to keep people alive but not being taught how to listen to those who are ready to die—that seems to me sad and ...
April 22, 2016
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Selling Chametz for Passover
April 22, 2016
Selling Chametz for Passover
When the festival of Passover approaches, observant Jews search their homes for any yeast or leaven and then give it away, donate it to charity, burn it, or authorize a rabbi to sell it for them to a non-Jewish buyer. “People who don’t share our faith are helping Jewish people in the observance ...
April 22, 2016
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Catholics, Immigration, and Deportation; New Christian Contemplatives
April 15, 2016
Catholics, Immigration, and Deportation; New Christian Contemplatives

The debate over deportation and immigration reform gets played out from the border to the Supreme Court; and an Episcopal church in Richmond, Virginia offers a more open, more mystical experience of God.
 
 

April 15, 2016
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Catholics, Immigration, and Deportation
April 15, 2016
Catholics, Immigration, and Deportation
“One of our great strengths is to make visible in appropriate ways the migrant men, women, and children we serve,” says Rev. Sean Carroll, SJ, executive director of the Kino Border Initiative, a Catholic ministry in Mexico and the US. “The more visible they become, even to our political ...
April 15, 2016
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New Christian Contemplatives
April 15, 2016
New Christian Contemplatives
“It wasn’t that there was a failure on the part of the church at all,” says Millie Cain, a parishioner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. “It was just that I was hungry for a more visceral experience of the divine. And it’s such a gift to experience that together in ...
April 15, 2016
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Diana Butler Bass Extended Interview
April 15, 2016
Diana Butler Bass Extended Interview

“People want to be their own theologians. People don’t just want to receive truth from an institution. They want to participate with a tradition and make a truth that is meaningful for their own lives.”

April 15, 2016
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