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Grand Rapids Interfaith Year
February 1, 2013
Grand Rapids Interfaith Year
"We’re not promoting faith. We’re not even promoting interfaith. We’re promoting understanding,” says Dr. Douglas Kindschi, director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University.
February 1, 2013
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Religion at Obama’s Second Inaugural
January 25, 2013
Religion at Obama’s Second Inaugural
The president’s second inaugural address embraced American exceptionalism and invoked the "founding creed" of the Declaration of Independence.
January 25, 2013
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Rev. Lillian Daniel on “Spiritual But Not Religious”
January 25, 2013
Rev. Lillian Daniel on “Spiritual But Not Religious”
A mature religious faith,” says Rev. Lillian Daniel, is “practiced in community over time.” It is “reasonable, rigorous, real, grounded in tradition, and centered in worship.”
January 25, 2013
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Inauguration Perspectives of People of Faith
January 18, 2013
Inauguration Perspectives of People of Faith
“We saw the president as the one who would bring us together as a country, and what we learned in the first administration is that we were not yet ready to be that country,” says Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
January 18, 2013
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Extended Inauguration Perspectives
January 18, 2013
Extended Inauguration Perspectives
Three religious leaders continue their conversation about the mood of the country as President Obama’s second inaugural approaches and consider the crisis of gun violence and the inability of American society to deal with conflict. Violence, says theology professor Harold Dean Trulear, is “who ...
January 18, 2013
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Inauguration Look Ahead
January 18, 2013
Inauguration Look Ahead
We ask religion leaders what they hope for during President Barack Obama's next term, including former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, who says, "If we can make sure that Israel has a proper nation with safe borders and at the same time allow the Palestinians to have their own state...then ...
January 18, 2013
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Lynching and Forgiveness
January 18, 2013
Lynching and Forgiveness
“I marvel at people’s ability to not only live through what they experienced, but not to become consumed by hatred…they recognized that even in the midst of evil, God was still with them.”
January 18, 2013
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Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival
January 18, 2013
Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival
Maha Kumba Mela or Big Pitcher festival commemorates a story that describes the god Vishnu's fight with demons to gain possession of a golden pitcher containing the nectar of immortality. During the battle, some drops fell to the earth on the pilgrimage sites.
January 18, 2013
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Religion and Downton Abbey
January 15, 2013
Religion and Downton Abbey
One subtheme of the series, says Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, is that “there are complexities in our past, there are ambiguities, there are moments of pain that we live with but don’t want to share with everybody.”
January 15, 2013
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Roman Catholic Women Priests
January 11, 2013
Roman Catholic Women Priests
"There are no scriptural barriers to the ordination of women,” says Jane Via, a Roman Catholic woman priest in San Diego. But theology professor Thomas Rausch maintains that “the Catholic Church is not ready for the ordination of women right now.”
January 11, 2013
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Prisons for Profit
January 11, 2013
Prisons for Profit
“In Louisiana, you’ve got all these prison entrepreneurs who are mostly local sheriffs who have built these prisons, and the prisons function just like hotels. They get a payment per person per day, and if they don’t keep the beds full they’re going to lose money,” says reporter Cindy ...
January 11, 2013
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Religion and the New Congress
January 4, 2013
Religion and the New Congress
Protestants still make up most of Congress, but this week a Hindu and a Buddhist were also among those sworn in.
January 4, 2013
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