Religion

NPR Story
1:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Reinstated Methodist Pastor: 'I Will Never Be Silent Again On LGBTQ Issues'

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 1:39 pm

Reverend Frank Schaefer says his reinstatement by the Methodist Church “brings a lot of hope” to the LGBTQ community in the Methodist Church.

Reverend Schaefer was defrocked last November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, after saying that he would not let Church doctrine stop him from officiating same-sex weddings in the future, if asked.

He has now been fully re-instated and assigned to a new congregation, but the decision has deepened the divide over same-sex and gender issues in the Methodist Church.

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It's All Politics
12:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

As More Latinos Drop Religion, Should GOP Be Extra Worried?

Catching up with a national trend, more Hispanics say they are not affiliated with a particular religion — a shift that could make the gap between Latinos and Republicans even wider.
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Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:07 pm

A big deal has been made about the Republican Party's so-called Hispanic problem during recent U.S. election cycles. But there's another group — largely white and male — that has also struggled to increase the number of Latinos in its ranks: America's religiously unaffiliated. Until recently, that is.

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The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Most Americans See Bible As Word Of God, Gallup Says

Abraham T. Moses, principal of the the Washington United Christian Academy, reads scriptures aloud during the 25th annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon on April 28, 2014.
AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:33 pm

Three out of four Americans believe the Bible is the word of God, according to a new Gallup poll; some say the literal word, others that a supreme being inspired the text. But an increasing number also view the book as simply a collection of fables, legends and history.

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Middle East
2:33 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader

A Palestinian man works on a banner bearing a portrait of Pope Francis at a printing house in the West Bank city of Ramallah in anticipation of this week's papal visit.
Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 3:24 pm

The first non-European pope in modern history will makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this week, a region with centuries of religious strife.

Francis — the first pope to take the name of the saint of peace — will carry far less historical baggage than any of his predecessors.

When John Paul II visited Israel in 2000, he prayed at the Western Wall and apologized for the church's sins against Jews. Nine years later, at Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust, Benedict XVI urged that the names of the victims never perish, be denied or forgotten.

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Spurs Playoffs
3:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Spurs Fans Light Playoff Hopes With A Candle

The praying hands Spurs candle designed by Robert Tatum.
Joey Palacios TPR News

**Correction: It has been brought to our attention that the Protección candle showcased in this story was not created by the unidentified source that claimed to have done so. A corrected update is now included in this story immediately following the incorrect portion that was originally published.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Sun April 20, 2014

The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists

A map image shows the exterior of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, a church that serves tourists visiting Walt Disney World in Florida.
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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 11:47 am

Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshippers today.

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Religion
10:53 am
Sun April 20, 2014

This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church

Since 2004, members of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church have continuously occupied the building to keep it from shutting down.
Maryellen Rogers

Nearly a decade has passed since the doors of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church were shut and its holy water dried up.

With the Archdiocese of Boston strapped for cash, it was one of dozens of churches in the area to be closed and sold off. At the time, the archdiocese was in the throes of the clergy sex abuse crisis. It had agreed to pay nearly $85 million to more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests.

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Fronteras
12:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Colorado River Adventures Turn Deadly For Kayakers Without Guides

A group of paddlers prepare for their first rapid.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: Legislation to compensate "downwinders" -- people suffering from cancer caused by the fallout of atomic testing near Las Vegas in the 50s -- left out some affected areas and now people are demanding federal compensation. In Phoenix, there's a unique tradition of bringing together both Jews and Latinos to celebrate Passover that brings together two ethnic communities. The last 10 fatalities on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon have been on self-guided trips.

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Parallels
5:03 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times

Many Jews protested in Kiev's Independence Square and see a thread connecting ancient Egypt to modern-day Ukraine. "We started our liberation 3,000 years ago, and we still are in the process," says Rabbi Alexander Duchovny.
Peter Klaunzer EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:02 pm

At Passover celebrations around the world tonight, the youngest child will sing a song in Hebrew. "Why," the youngster will ask, "is this night different from all other nights?"

Adults in Ukraine can ask a similar question this year: What makes this Passover different from all others? It's a question Rabbi Alexander Duchovny has been thinking about a lot. "Passover is z'man cheruteinu, time of our liberty — time of freedom," he says. "And especially for Ukrainian Jewry, and for Ukrainians, this is a time of liberty."

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The Source - April 14, 2014
1:52 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

The Source: American Christianity

The American church is one fragmented and in the constant throes of evolution. Despite a strong belief in the bygone big-tent Christianity of unity and uniform strength in mission, Stephen Cox argues in his new book, "American Christianity," that from nearly its inception the American Christian movement has been marked by fractures, personalities, diversity of opinion, choice, and practice.

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