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An exploration of ideas behind the news of religion.

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The Simplicity, Humanity, and Community Imperatives of Quaker Faith

5/19/2019
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Quaker Friends have been meeting and worshipping in America since 1656. The religion is defined by its emphasis on a personal relationship to the Divine; and to each other. Our guest this week is Climate Justice Activist and Author Eileen Flanagan speaking on how her Quaker faith became the engine that propelled her into a career as an international environmental activist.

Duration:00:17:49

Contemplating the loss of Rachel Held Evans

5/12/2019
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The past week began with a tremendous loss. The funny, generous, and spirited Rachel Held Evans passed at the heartbreaking age of 37. Held Evans was an influential Christian author and speaker who challenged traditional thinking in evangelical spaces. Today on Beliefs we’re listening to stories about her influence, her magic, and her impact on Christian life. Our guests are Aaron Monts, a pastor from United Church in Seattle, WashingtonJana Riess - Senior Columnist at Religion News...

Duration:00:21:06

Religion Journalism Into The Future: Tom Gallagher and global faith reporting

5/5/2019
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Our guest is Tom Gallagher, Publisher and CEO of Religion News Service – and the Beliefs Podcast. This week Religion News Service announced a partnership with the Associated Press and The Conversation. Their mission is to create a joint global religion news desk. Tom joined me to discuss the effort and what it means for religion reporting worldwide.

Duration:00:10:07

Christianity in China: Five generations of worship and struggle

4/28/2019
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Shanghai Faithful by Jennifer Lin is a chronicling of the emergence of her family's Christian identity in post-revolutionary China. Five generations of the Lin family worship and pray through a remarkable change in the world’s most populous nation. This interview was edited for clarity. Jennifer, welcome. Thank you Bill for inviting me to your show. Tell me how all of this started… How did you begin the massive research of your family in China and tell us about their faith and and...

Duration:00:21:03

Bergoglio to Francis: The Election of A Pope With Author Gerard O'Connell

4/21/2019
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A book coming out this month takes us through the play-by-play of the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy. Upon election, he became the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope to choose the name Francis. America Media’s Vatican Correspondent Gerard O’Connell is Bill's guest. Talking about his remarkable account of the election of Pope Francis.

Duration:00:19:25

350 Years of Easter in New England: Ancient Worship in a Young Country

4/13/2019
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Easter is upon us – an ancient Christian holiday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, and a pilar of Christian faith. An ancient tradition, in a young country. This week on Beliefs, a conversation with Senior Minister, The Rev. Dr. Steven Jungkeit of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Connecticut. This year they celebrate their three hundred and fiftieth anniversary. Our guest interviewer this week is Karen Hayward. TRANSCRIPT The First Congregational Church of...

Duration:00:20:13

The case of religious liberty and the Supreme Court, with two inmates on death row

4/6/2019
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Two virtually back to back conflicting decisions by the Supreme Court on the right of prisoners to have a spiritual guide of their own choosing in their death chamber highlight a new frontier on the separation of church and state. In one case a black Muslim man was refused an imam in his final moments and the Supreme Court did not stop the execution. Domenique Ray was put to death on February 7th. Less than two months later a white Buddhist in Texas is also refused a spiritual advisor in his...

Duration:00:18:44

An evangelical model for public engagement, with Roberta Ahmanson

3/30/2019
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Roberta Green Ahmanson is a writer and philanthropist whose public activities are focused on the role of religion in public life, using history to understand the present, and the role the arts play in shaping human experience. She is also a journalist with a wide range of interests, and a longtime friend. Where do religion and politics intersect? Should they? How? Roberta Ahmanson joins us to discuss.

Duration:00:19:26

Sikh faith highlighted as a social media star objects to turbaned men on a plane.

3/24/2019
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This week an Instagram star became the most recent object lesson in prejudice and bigotry. Influencer Jess Hilarious publishes a raft of posts to her social accounts reaching millions of people - telling the story of how 4 men in turbans made her feel 'threatened'. The posts were met with intense backlash. Jess responded first with angry defense. When she tried to apologize and made things worse, the fallout only grew. What is known: Four Sikh men were removed from the plane. Unknown is...

Duration:00:26:41

Qasim Rashid and Salaam Bhatti from Re-Sight Islam on the normalization of hate.

3/18/2019
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Christchurch, New Zealand. 49 people shot dead at two mosques in a terrorist attack. A man has been charged with murder, having streamed the killings live on Facebook published a racist manifesto online. This week on Beliefs we are turning the show over to our friends and colleagues at the Religion News Foundation podcast Re-Sight Islam, hosted by Qasim Rashid and Salaam Bhatti. This talk has been edited for length - for the whole talk, visit: religionnewsfoundation.org/resightislam/

Duration:00:20:36

Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and Progressive Activism: Rabbi Rachel Timoner discusses politically active Judaism.

3/10/2019
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Rabbinical activism and Jewish identity. Senior Rabbi of Brooklyn's Congregation Beth Elohim Rabbi Rachel Timoner weighs in on the crosswinds and squalls for American Jews durning the Trump Administration.

Duration:00:19:43

This Week From Religion News Service

3/10/2019
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From Religion News Service: *** Pope Francis will open the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust. Francis said the archive would be open to researchers starting next year. The Vatican usually waits 70 years after the end of a pontificate to open relevant archives. But the Vatican has been under pressure to make the Pius XII documentation available while Holocaust survivors are still alive. The Catholic church...

Duration:00:02:19

700 Cases of Abuse - at minimum - at the Southern Baptist Convention

3/3/2019
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A pattern of abuse by clergy widens. A series of articles in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reveals an investigation showing over 700 victims of sexual assault and abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention over the past 20 years. The predators were deacons, pastors, youth pastors and other church leaders. Lead reporter Robert Downen joins us from Houston to talk about the latest round of spiritual leaders using their positions of spiritual intimacy and influence to commit...

Duration:00:22:10

This Week From Religion News Service

3/3/2019
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From Religion News Service: ***A special session of the United Methodist Church voted to strengthen the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ people. Delegates to the General Conference, the global denomination’s decision-making body, passed the so-called Traditional Plan by a vote of 438-384. Passage of the Traditional Plan left both its supporters and opponents alike worried about the future of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination, and raises the...

Duration:00:03:09

Anglican Bishop Martin Warner and Brexit: Approaching the final hour

2/23/2019
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The United Kingdom is weeks away from a forced exit from the European Union that will bring unknown changes to the economy, politics, logistics, and everyday life. In advance of the Church of England General Synod in London, producer Jonathan Woodward speaks with Bishop Martin Warner of the West Sussex Diocese of Chichester. Why do the bishops generally support the Remain campaign, while 66% of Anglicans voted Brexit? What changes, responsibilities, and concerns does the church anticipate...

Duration:00:19:39

This Week From Religion News Service

2/23/2019
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From Religion News Service: Three significant branches of the Christian faith are engaged in high stakes Assemblies of their leaders. Each are wrestling with issues that involve issues of self-identification and internal policies, as well as issues that reveal how deeply the secular world is instigating evolution in churches worldwide. *** Pope Francis opened a highly anticipated four-day meeting on his church’s ongoing sex abuse crisis. Francis called on assembled bishops and other...

Duration:00:02:22

Deliver Us - Maggi Van Dorn & a new podcast on the Catholic sexual abuse crisis

2/17/2019
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Will the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis ever end? In her new podacst Deliver Us, Maggi Van Dorn speaks as a Catholic committed to healing the church from the inside. Van Dorn and her producer Eloise Blondiau talk with our host Bill Baker on the origins of the podcast and what they hope to accomplish.

Duration:00:28:05

This week's religion news headlines

2/17/2019
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From Religion News Service: *** Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked. Vatican officials found McCarrick guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession, and sexual crimes against minors and adults. McCarrick is the highest-ranking churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. He can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title. McCarrick rose to the heights of church power, Despite the...

Duration:00:02:05

Elizabeth Peale Allen on the life and legacy of her father, Norman Vincent Peale

2/9/2019
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Norman Vincent Peale was one of the most famous ministers of the 20th century as one of the first radio, and later television, preachers. His program "The Art Of Living" aired for 54 years. Peale was very much at the intersection of religion and politics. He was a close friend of Richard Nixon, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan, and many presidents spoke well of him. Donald Trump attended his church, Marble Collegiate, with his parents. Both he and his two...

Duration:00:24:47

This week in religion news from Religion News Service

2/9/2019
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From Religion News Service: ***The United States has executed a man in Alabama after his appeal for a stay was denied by The U.S. Supreme Court. The Muslim inmate had claimed his religious rights were being violated. Domenique Ray argued Alabama refused to let his imam sit with him during the execution, while the state permits a Christian chaplain in the chamber. The chaplain is an employed by the prison. In a 5-4 decision, justices vacated the stay, allowing the execution to...

Duration:00:02:24