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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
August 26, 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 ...
August 26, 2016
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Affordable Heart Surgery
August 26, 2016
Affordable Heart Surgery
"I am very, very spiritual but I am not religious. I believe in the existence of God, and before I start an operation I pray to God, and after the surgery I again pray to him for taking me through the operation."
August 26, 2016
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Laughter Yoga
August 26, 2016
Laughter Yoga
A growing new spiritual practice combines the breathing techniques of yoga with laughter. Practitioners say it helps them achieve joy and spiritual well-being. At a laughter yoga session at Washington National Cathedral, we talk with instructor Diane Cohen, who says laughter yoga releases “that ...
August 26, 2016
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Faith-Based Relief in Louisiana Flooding; $70K Minimum Wage CEO; The Boxer
August 19, 2016
Faith-Based Relief in Louisiana Flooding; $70K Minimum Wage CEO; The Boxer
Religious disaster-response groups are aiding victims of the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy; Will other businesses follow in Dan Price’s footsteps and put purpose before profit; A Baltimore church runs a boxing gym as part of its ministry and neighborhood outreach.
August 19, 2016
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Faith-Based Relief in Louisiana Flooding
August 19, 2016
Faith-Based Relief in Louisiana Flooding
“It's just amazing to see how it doesn't matter what race you are, anything like that; it's just everybody has the same needs, so we all pitched in and just started helping out,” says Jared Stockstill, administrator at Bethany Church in Baton Rouge. “So I just feel like it's really gone a long ...
August 19, 2016
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$70K Minimum Wage CEO
August 19, 2016
$70K Minimum Wage CEO
“If I can just be a small part of a revolution in business where it ceases to be just about making money but it’s about solving problems and service, that would be enough to keep myself going,” says Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments.
August 19, 2016
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The Boxer
August 19, 2016
The Boxer
“In life there is so much temptation,” says boxing coach Mike Mosley. “There’s so much bad out there that it’s hard to know that you’re doing the right thing. I know 100 percent of the time when I’m in the gym is the right thing, and there’s a freedom in that.”
August 19, 2016
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Ferguson, Missouri Two Years On; Sunni-Shia Harmony; Minnesota Lama
August 12, 2016
Ferguson, Missouri Two Years On; Sunni-Shia Harmony; Minnesota Lama

We look back at the shooting that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement; Why do Sunni and Shia Muslims live together in relative harmony in the US; This fourth-grader has been recognized as a reincarnation of an eminent spiritual leader … More

August 12, 2016
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Ferguson, Missouri Two Years On
August 12, 2016
Ferguson, Missouri Two Years On
"I always want to tell people that Ferguson erupted at a time when it had the eyes of the world on it, much like Birmingham, Alabama, which is where I’m from—when people saw from all over the country, all over the world what racial oppression looks like,” says UCC Pastor Traci Blackmon, a ...
August 12, 2016
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Sunni-Shia Harmony
August 12, 2016
Sunni-Shia Harmony
"As a Shia, I see myself as a Muslim first. Yes, I am Shia, I’m very proud to be Shia, but when I consider myself and someone asks me what religion I am, I don’t say I’m Shia, I say I’m Muslim. And I think that’s how I identify, and I’ve always identified as that," says Nazeen Zaidi.
August 12, 2016
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Minnesota Lama
August 12, 2016
Minnesota Lama
"I’ll be praying for them, I’ll be chanting for them," says nine-year-old Jalue Dorje when asked what he will do for people as the reincarnation of a 16th-century lama.
August 12, 2016
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Religion at the Olympics; Mother Teresa and Sainthood; Noah’s Ark Park
August 5, 2016
Religion at the Olympics; Mother Teresa and Sainthood; Noah’s Ark Park

Some observers say the summer Olympics may be the largest interfaith gathering on earth; The woman who wrote that “the place of God in my soul is blank” will become a Catholic saint in September; This controversial park presents a … More

August 5, 2016
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