Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
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An examination of religion's role and the ethical dimensions behind top news headlines.
||Election 2016: Catholic Voters; Liberian Entrepreneur Chid Liberty||What’s a Catholic to do on Election Day this year; “How can we pull people out of poverty if we’re not actually making something?”||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Religious Debate and the Campaign; Fighting Human Trafficking; Old Skool Café||How are religious voters reacting to the latest Donald Trump accusations; Rescuing children who are victims of criminal trafficking is the work of an undercover team led by an American Mormon; A former Los Angeles corrections officer hopes this youth-run … More →||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Creating Working Schools in Liberia; Holocaust Denial; Blessing of the Animals||Can a private, for-profit US company repair the broken school system in this West African nation shattered by war and Ebola; A new movie about Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt confronts the meaning of truth and lies; A special annual service … More →||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shaun Casey on Religion and Diplomacy; Hiring the Homeless; Jewish High Holidays Boot Camp||A new State Department office believes the US ignores the global impact of religion at its peril; In the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico “there is a better way to help the homeless than criminalizing them;” At the experimental Lab/Shul in … More →||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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 →||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Singing Monks of Norcia; Digital Addiction; Church Ushers||This Benedictine monastic community has had a chart-topping album but now it faces repairs to damage from Italy's earthquake; Americans are increasingly dependent on their digital devices; and the ushers at Hemingway Memorial AME Church in Maryland serve a divine purpose||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric; Affordable Heart Surgery; Laughter Yoga||Christians and Muslims share a meal together in an effort to overcome hate speech; Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty provides world-class heart surgery that even India's poorest can afford; and a growing spiritual practice combines the breathing techniques of yoga and the joy of laughing.||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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 →||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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 →||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Religion and the 2016 Democratic National Convention; Yellowstone Spirituality||Which religious groups support Hillary Clinton? And which ones are cautious to rally around her; Finding beauty, peace and–for many–the sense of the holy in the nation’s oldest park.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Religion and the 2016 Republican National Convention; Streaming Church Services||Which religious groups are rallying around Donald Trump? And which ones are speaking out against him; Can online church services replace in-person worship?||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Violence, Law Enforcement, Race and Justice; Catholic Deacons; Virginia Theological Seminary’s New Organ||How do we repair what race has broken; We look at the role of deacons in the Catholic Church—the men who serve and the women who want to serve; A new pipe organ in a seminary chapel warmly sings and … More →||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Church Security; Kirk Franklin||Houses of worship try to balance the need for security with the desire to welcome; and the award-winning gospel artist talks about faith, failure, and “making God famous.”||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Supreme Court 2016; Amish Grace; Eid al-Fitr||We look back at the High Court’s completed term, defined in many ways by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia; it’s coming up on the 10th anniversary of the murder of five Amish girls killed in their schoolhouse in Nickel … More →||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Religion and Presidential Politics 2016; Mormon Welfare Program; Quakers in Costa Rica; Bring a Friend to Mosque||Donald Trump meets with evangelicals while interfaith activists protest his candidacy; The LDS Church says caring for anyone in need is the right thing to do; Sixty-five years ago, these American friends moved to avoid the draft, live peaceably, and … More →||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Doctors and End-of-Life Discussions; Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School||End-of-life care in the US is broken, and some say end-of-life conversations the solution; and students at this school for boys are guided by the Rule of Benedict as they engage in the daily practice of living in Christian community.||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Payday Lenders; Women’s Mosque of America; Packing Meals for the Hungry||They provide quick money when banks do not, but they also target and trap the very poor; women lead prayers, preach sermons, and serve together at this all-female mosque—the first of its kind in the US; and a community church … More →||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Candidates Reach Out to Evangelicals; Christian Healthcare Sharing; The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Experience||Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump want the support of evangelicals like Hispanic leader Rev. Sammy Rodriguez; sharing ministries require members to cover one another’s medical costs as they arise; and the JVC is celebrating 60 years of commitment to social … More →||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mississippi “Religious Freedom” Law; Ethical Obligations to Displaced People; Nepal’s Historic Temples||Some say a controversial new state law justifies discrimination based on religious belief; a Catholic theologian argues that we have “moral proximity” to migrants and refugees on the other side of the world; the sacred sites in this quake-damaged South … More →||5/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Evangelicals and Campaign 2016; Sagebrush Rebellion; Jews in Cochin, India||Donald Trump and the evangelical vote; frontier Mormons and control of the vast lands of the American West; and a dwindling Jewish community says goodbye to its historic synagogue on the Malabar Coast.||5/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Arbitration by Faith; Faith Films; Holocaust Remembrance: Reading the Names||Religious arbitration is replacing settlement of disputes in courts of law; Christian filmmakers have growing success with low-budget, big-screen features marketed through churches; and on Yom HaShoah visitors to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum recite the names of those who … More →||5/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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 →||4/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||4/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Pope Francis’ Document on Family Life; Stemming Chicago Gun Violence; Church Ushers||A new papal exhortation called “The Joy of Love” tries to “see the grace in people’s lives”; Religious leaders are working to foster empathy and forgiveness among the survivors of shooting victims; The ushers at Hemingway Memorial AME Church in … More →||4/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Chicago Gun Violence; John Danforth on Religion and Politics||Faith groups and religious leaders try to defeat the city’s gun violence crisis; a former US senator questions whether religion has any place in politics.||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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Great podcast, but often unavailable
Love the podcast, but it seems to be spotty at times - unavailable for a few weeks, and then it plays catch-up for a few weeks. Case in point - we're going through a down time right now, with the last podcast being 10/31.