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. More →
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 More →
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 More →
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.
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. More →
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. More →The post Mexico Migrant Center; Novelist Geraldine Brooks appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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." More →The post Assessing U.S. Visit of Pope Francis; Jerusalem Youth Chorus appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
Pope Francis energized American Catholics and others with his message of peace, compassion, justice, and human dignity; and some Catholics hope that the Church under Pope Francis will be open to reform on divorce, contraceptives, and marriage More →The post Impact of Pope’s U.S. Visit; Pope Francis and Family Issues appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
Excitement builds for American Catholics ahead of the pope's arrival Tuesday for five busy days in Washington, New York and Philadelphia; and a coalition of demonstrators organized by the NAACP march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC to call for an end to discrimination and economic inequality. More →The post Pope Francis in the US; America’s Journey for Justice appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
The case of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and same-sex marriage has raised questions about the limits of religious freedom; residents in San Juan County, Utah are fighting a proposal to create a national monument that protects Native American land; and Jews in the Reform movement begin using a new prayer book for the High Holy Days More →The post Religious Freedom Versus Rule of Law; Battle Over Bears Ears; New Jewish Prayer Book appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty provides world-class heart surgery that even India's poorest can afford; and a farming fellowship offers young Jewish adults the chance to "cultivate the soil and their soul" More →The post Affordable Heart Surgery; Jewish Environmentalism appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
A small African-American town in Louisiana has been overrun by petrochemical plants and pollution; in Alabama, churches confront predatory short-term loans at exorbitant rates that target and trap the poor; and renowned jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard talks about Hurricane Katrina, music, meditation, race, and excessive police violence. More →The post Environmental Justice in Mossville; Payday Lenders; Terence Blanchard appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
Rebuilding continues a decade after the devastating floods, and New Orleans communities of faith see hope amidst the tragedy; and old age has not diminished the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader's role as an advocate for world peace and inner happiness More →The post Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary; The Dalai Lama at 80 appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
The US has more people in prison than any other country in the world, and a disproportionate number of them are African Americans; and faith groups like Urban Village Church in Chicago are reaching out and welcoming transgender individuals More →The post America’s Incarcerated; The “T” in LGBT appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
Growing social acceptance of same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues poses new challenges for evangelicals; Britain's former chief rabbi leads a global effort against religious extremism and violence; an ancient vision in Mexico of the Virgin Mary inspires millions of religious pilgrims. More →The post Evangelicals and LGBT; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
The spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims speaks about poverty, peace, philanthropy, and religious understanding; a chart-topping album conveys the music that is central to Benedictine monastic life. More →The post The Aga Khan; The Singing Monks of Norcia appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
The Cuban government is showing signs of being more open to religious life in Cuba; women lead prayers and preach sermons at a new all-female mosque; and a Hindu boy's rite of passage. More →The post Religion in Cuba; Women’s Mosque of America; Upanayanam appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
A madrasa in Pakistan is proving that an Islamic school can offer a useful education while avoiding politics and extremism; members of the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York say singing as a group feeds their souls and creates community; and after a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a three-day festival of food and friendship. More →The post A Different Islamic School; Singing in a Chorus; Eid al-Fitr appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.