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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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New African American Museum; Project Mercy; The Amidah Prayer
September 23, 2016
New African American Museum; Project Mercy; The Amidah Prayer

A new national museum explore the role religion has played in the African-American experience and the making of America; a nonprofit in San Diego improves the lives of the poor in nearby Tijuana by building sturdy new homes for them; and … More

September 23, 2016
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New African American Museum
September 23, 2016
New African American Museum
“There is no way you can talk about, discuss or even acknowledge the contribution of African-American history without acknowledging the very real presence and power of faith as a part of that history,” says Rex Ellis, associate director of curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian’s National ...
September 23, 2016
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Project Mercy
September 23, 2016
Project Mercy
“Not only are the people here benefiting and becoming stronger communities, but the [volunteers] from the states are learning about the people here. They’re learning about each other, and it’s very uplifting,” says Paula Claussen, founder and president of Project Mercy, a nonprofit that ...
September 23, 2016
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The Amidah Prayer
September 23, 2016
The Amidah Prayer
“It is considered the time in the prayer service where we are most open spiritually, and we’re really ready to talk to God,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman, senior rabbi at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC.
September 23, 2016
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Extended Interview: Rabbi Shira Stutman on the Amidah Prayer
September 23, 2016
Extended Interview: Rabbi Shira Stutman on the Amidah Prayer
"What we're saying is yes, God, I'm in my personal relationship with you, but I'm also in a relationship with all these people around me."
September 23, 2016
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Spiritual Healthcare
Spiritual Healthcare; One Extraordinary Church
September 16, 2016
Spiritual Healthcare; One Extraordinary Church

Spiritual care is gaining  ground as an integral part of hospital care; and Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, who founded a church for all the sinners and saints in need of God’s grace.
 
 

September 16, 2016
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Spiritual Healthcare
Spiritual Healthcare
September 16, 2016
Spiritual Healthcare
“This is a silent revolution that’s transformed health care so that every person can have their inner life, their spirituality addressed as an integral part of their care,” says Dr. Christina Puchalski, founder and director of the George Washington University Medical School’s Institute for ...
September 16, 2016
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Extended Interview: Dr. Christina Puchalski
September 16, 2016
Extended Interview: Dr. Christina Puchalski
“Relationship is what matters,” says Dr. Christina Puchalski, director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health and professor of medicine at George Washington University. “My relationship with my patient—that’s where healing occurs. It’s within that relationship, ...
September 16, 2016
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One Extraordinary Church
September 16, 2016
One Extraordinary Church
“So much of spirituality is about sanding ourselves down, smoothing ourselves out so that we’re nice and shiny. But the fact is the jagged edges of our humanity are what actually connect us to God and to one another,” says Nadia Bolz-Weber, the tattooed founding pastor of The House for All ...
September 16, 2016
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9/11 Fifteenth Anniversary; Where Refugees Are Welcome; Children’s Hajj
September 9, 2016
9/11 Fifteenth Anniversary; Where Refugees Are Welcome; Children’s Hajj

The state of interfaith relations 15 years after 9/11; Uganda’s welcoming yet imperfect hospitality to aliens and migrants; and a simulated pilgrimage that teaches Muslim children about the rituals of the hajj.
 
 
 

September 9, 2016
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9/11 Fifteenth Anniversary
September 9, 2016
9/11 Fifteenth Anniversary
“You can be deeply embedded and enriched by a religious community and still be excited about collaborating with people who are of a different faith community,” says Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, co-leader of New York University’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.
September 9, 2016
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Where Refugees Are Welcome
September 9, 2016
Where Refugees Are Welcome
“Around the world humanitarian financing is at the breaking point. Humanitarian appeals for South Sudanese and Burundian refugees in Uganda are severely underfunded,” says Charles Yaxley, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Uganda. “That leaves real gaps in our humanitarian ...
September 9, 2016
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