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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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Restoring the Buffalo
December 9, 2016
Restoring the Buffalo
“The buffalo was always part of our daily life,” says Harry Barnes, chairman of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. “It was in front of us, it was behind us, it was around us. It created our shelter, our clothing, and that was an integral part of us. And then after we lost it, it was a ...
December 9, 2016
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Larry Brilliant
December 9, 2016
Larry Brilliant
“There’s so much to learn about ethical behavior in the Bhagavad Gita, the Talmud, all of the Old Testament, the New Testament…Islam,” says physician, philanthropist, former hippie, and Silicon Valley guru Larry Brilliant. His memoir is called Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible ...
December 9, 2016
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Bethlehem’s Holy Family Hospital
December 9, 2016
Bethlehem’s Holy Family Hospital
The majority of patients are Muslim, and the majority of doctors and nurses are Christian at this hospital near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. “The aim is to help people—to help the poor, to help the sick, Muslim, Christian, or whatever… We don’t refuse anybody,” says Dr. Salim ...
December 9, 2016
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Salt Lake City Refugee Resettlement
December 2, 2016
Salt Lake City Refugee Resettlement
“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, ...
December 2, 2016
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Christmas Music Tells the Story
December 2, 2016
Christmas Music Tells the Story
"Carols and hymns are amazingly succinct theological statements,” says Eileen Guenther, professor of church history at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. “There is more theology in a few words of poetry than you can possibly imagine. You can have a whole sermon in four lines.”
December 2, 2016
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Packing Meals for the Hungry
December 2, 2016
Packing Meals for the Hungry
"This world is filled with so many problems you almost don’t know where to start. When you gather a bunch of people together there’s strength, and there’s encouragement in that…Instead of hearing a sermon, they come here and be the sermon," says Grace Community Church senior pastor John ...
December 2, 2016
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Church Security
November 23, 2016
Church Security
“We’ve got to protect our congregation and ourselves,” says David Lee, a Presbyterian church deacon. But “how do you really do that if someone enters our facility with intent to do harm? It’s not clear how do we go about doing things.”
November 23, 2016
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Kirk Franklin
November 23, 2016
Kirk Franklin
“These are shaky times,” says Christian gospel, R&B, rap, pop, and hip-hop artist Kirk Franklin. “I’m praying and hoping maybe one thing that I’ve said, from somebody who came from nothing, could maybe still give just a little bit of hope that it can get better.”
November 23, 2016
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Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Prayer
November 23, 2016
Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Prayer
“When it’s time for prayer we say, am I clean?” explains Imam Talib Shareef of the Masjid Muhammad Mosque in Washington, DC. The ritual ablution a Muslim performs before prayer, he says, starts with intentions: “I intend to make the ablution for preparation to stand in obedience before my ...
November 23, 2016
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America’s Incarcerated; Haiti Hurricane Relief Update; F.A.R.M. Café
November 18, 2016
America’s Incarcerated; Haiti Hurricane Relief Update; F.A.R.M. Café

Why the US has incarcerated so many people; a trip to Haiti reveals how much humanitarian work remains to be done amidst widespread destruction; and a visit to a restaurant in North Carolina whose mission is to Feed All Regardless … More

November 18, 2016
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America’s Incarcerated
November 18, 2016
America’s Incarcerated
“We do have a higher rate of violence—not crime, but a higher rate of violence—than other industrialized nations,” says Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project. "Some of that, our high murder rate, is related to the widespread availability of guns and illegal weapons."
November 18, 2016
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Haiti Hurricane Relief Update
November 18, 2016
Haiti Hurricane Relief Update
“Many people have forgotten about the crisis that’s occurred here in Haiti. Because of the 65 million displaced people around the world and the US election, people had forgotten about it,” says Sean Callahan, chief operating officer for Catholic Relief Services. 
November 18, 2016
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