Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
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An examination of religion's role and the ethical dimensions behind top news headlines.
||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|
||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.||3/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Religion in Cuba; India’s Artificial Limb Enterprise; Holy Week||As the US and Cuba restore diplomatic ties, is the Cuban government also becoming less hostile to religion and the church; a charity is restoring disabled people’s mobility and sense of dignity—free of charge; and we travel to New Mexico … More →||3/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pope Francis and Family Issues; The Aga Khan||The Catholic Church under Pope Francis may be open to reform on divorce, contraceptives, and marriage; the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims wants to end poverty, encourage peace, and foster religious understanding.||3/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Healing Moral Wounds of War; Rancher Nuns; Baha’i 19-Day Fast||Combat veterans are coming home from our recent wars with deep moral injuries as well as physical wounds; when these Benedictine sisters are not praying for the world, they are working their 300-acre Colorado cattle ranch; and the days before … More →||3/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||U.S. Supreme Court Abortion Case; Moral Issues in Europe’s Migrant Crisis; Son of Saul||The biggest abortion case in decades will be argued before the Supreme Court minus Justice Scalia; ethical rules and responsibilities governing treatment of civilians caught up in international wars and conflicts; and actor Geza Rohrig, an Orthodox Jew, lead actor … More →||2/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pope at the Border; Death of Justice Antonin Scalia; Secular Seminarians||The pope’s visit to Mexico highlights Catholic concern for immigrants and refugees; impact of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on upcoming court cases; and the influx at divinity schools of students who are secular or unaffiliated with any religious group.||2/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Pope Meets the Patriarch; Israel Boycott Controversy; Teaching Children About Religion; Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Praye||It was the first official meeting between a pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch since 1054; a movement of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel has gained the support of some US churches; an exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis teaches children about world religions and sacred journeys; Muslim men perform a ritual washing to cleanse hands, arms, face, and feet before they pray.||2/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Muslims of Hamtramck, Michigan; Wendell Berry Farming Program||Once staunchly Polish Catholic, this community outside Detroit is now the only US city with a Muslim-majority city council; Kentucky poet and farmer Wendell Berry is passing on his family’s farming legacy in partnership with a small Dominican college.||2/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva Controversy; America’s Original Sin; The Boxer||A lawsuit alleges that some private yeshivas run by Hasidic Jewish sects are not complying with New York state law by not teaching English, math, and science; an activist, pastor, and preacher says white and black churches must cross the bridge to a new America now; and a church in Baltimore runs a boxing gym as part of its ministry and neighborhood outreach.||1/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Social Media and Grieving; India Beef Ban; World Hijab Day||Millions now turn to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to participate digitally in group grieving; recent religious violence traces back to an age-old controversy over the sacredness of cows in Hinduism; and an annual event encourages non-Muslim women to try wearing the headscarf for a day.||1/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Doctors and End-of-Life Discussions; Sweet Honey in the Rock; Istanbul’s Historic Religious Monuments||Hospital patients who don't express their end-of-life wishes can receive aggressive treatments that even their doctors say they wouldn't want for themselves; after 40 years of singing for social justice, this a capella group has released a music video tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr; a historian discusses the significance of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.||1/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Faith Communities and Gun Violence; Death with Dignity; Faith Groups and Corporate Social Responsibility||Many religious leaders and organizations approve of President Obama's new gun control measures; there is growing state interest in physician-assisted suicide legislation in the US; and an interfaith coalition of long-term shareholders and investors tries to influence companies to behave ethically||1/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Look Ahead 2016||What will be among the most important religion stories to watch for in the New Year?||12/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Look Back 2015||We review the top religion and ethics stories of the past year.||12/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Christmas Music Tells the Story; Zaytuna College; Packing Meals for the Hungry||Christmas carols, hymns, and popular songs embody the meaning of the season; a California college is reviving Islam’s liberal arts tradition; and a community church in Virginia works with Stop Hunger Now to feed hungry children around the world.||12/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Religious Responses to Call for US Muslim Ban; Peter Singer on Effective Altruism; Hanukkah on the River||Religious leaders are taking a stand against anti-Islam rhetoric and discrimination directed at Muslims; a Princeton ethicist and philosopher says living a fully ethical life means doing the most good we can; and menorahs, dreidels, latkes, and boat parades "spread the miracle" of Hanukkah to residents of San Antonio, Texas||12/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ethics of Gene Editing; Supreme Court and Affirmative Action; Jim and Jill Kelly||Scientists and policymakers discuss guidelines for manipulating human genes; the Supreme Court revisits the issue of diversity in college admissions policies; and faith gives the retired NFL star and his wife the strength to cope with cancer and death||12/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Religion’s Role in the Face of Terrorism; A New Medellin; Ta’Nehisi Coates||Interfaith coalitions are taking a stand against ISIS in the wake of the Paris attacks; a Colombian city ruined by drugs and crime has transformed itself in recent years; and the author of “Between the World and Me” ponders race, … More →||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||China Environmental Ethics; Saint Kateri and Native American Catholics||Activists in China are successfully fighting industrial pollution in China and holding factories and their customers in the West accountable; and the first Native American Catholic saint has come to symbolize the Catholic Church's complicated historical relationship with indigenous people.||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Criminal Justice Reform and the Faith Community; Religious Freedom Ambassador; A Year with the Quran||A growing coalition says reforming America’s criminal justice system is a matter of faith; Rabbi David Saperstein says religious freedom is central to the American identity; and writer Carla Power and Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi debated Islam’s holy book in search of interfaith understanding.||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|25||VideoA Year with the Quran||“People are going back to the basic texts, and they’re stripping away centuries of culture and tradition and looking for what they see at the heart of the religion,” says American journalist Carla Power, author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran.||11/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Episcopal Presiding Bishop; Death Penalty and All-White Juries; All Saints Day Prayer Flags||The Episcopal Church elects its first African-American presiding bishop; the Supreme Court hears arguments about race and juror selection in a death penalty case; and prayer flags made at the National Cathedral recall friends, saints, and loved ones.||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Migrant Crisis and Faith-Based Groups; Nostra Aetate Anniversary; Arizona State University||Organizations like Catholic Relief Services confront an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Europe; the 50th anniversary of a historic Second Vatican Council document is observed; and ASU president Michael Crow tries to make college less expensive, more accessible, and more practical||10/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mexico Migrant Center; Novelist Geraldine Brooks||Casa del Migrante offers safe harbor to those fleeing violence and poverty in Central America; and a new novel focuses on the flawed biblical figure of King David.||10/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Dalai Lama’s Doctor; Kidney Donors and Faith Communities; Laughter Yoga||Physician Barry Kerzin brings Buddhist compassion and meditation to Western medicine; an ultra-Orthodox Jewish charity finds live kidney donors for grateful transplant recipients who are also Jewish; and a growing spiritual practice combines the breathing techniques of yoga and the joy of laughing.||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Assessing U.S. Visit of Pope Francis; Jerusalem Youth Chorus||The pope has returned to Rome, but his words and actions are still being debated; and young Israeli-Palestinian singers of the Jerusalem International YMCA believe in “transcending conflict through song."||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
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