religion

Environment
1:35 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Faith Drives Discussion of Environment in Day-Long Summit

Participants in a "Climate Stewardship Summit" wave flags during an interfaith worship service at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford.
Credit Patrick Skahill / WNPR

What can religion say about climate change? It turns out a lot. Take for example, the Old Testament story of Noah and the flood. You remember how it goes: people behaving badly, Noah building an ark, God sending a flood, and, eventually, a Rainbow covenant formed between God and man. Except, said Terri Eickel, the covenant was larger than that. 

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Europe
5:18 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Bearing Witness To Nazis' Life-Shattering Kristallnacht

View of a destroyed Jewish shop in Berlin on Nov. 11, 1938, after the anti-Semitic violence of Kristallnacht. The pogrom unleashed Nazi-coordinated attacks on thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses.
Keystone-France Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 2:26 pm

On a busy street in Berlin's shabby-chic district of Kreuzberg, the gray and dirty pavement glistens with little brass cobblestones. Millions of these stones are embedded in sidewalks all over Europe. They commemorate the last address the city's Jewish residents called home before the war.

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Where We Live
7:01 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Wheelhouse: FOI, Fundraising, and the New Archbishop

Mark Pazniokas from the Connecticut Mirror.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse has a lot on the table, including a Hartford scandal that has turned into yet another dispute over freedom of information. Also, there were hearings earlier this week on the Metro-North outages. So who's to blame, and who's going to pay? We'll also check in with someone who writes about Catholicism. When the new Archbishop in Hartford was announced, he said it was "not a happy day" in the city.

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Roman Catholic Church
8:14 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Archbishop of Hartford Appointed: What Are His Views?

Credit Archdiocese of Hartford

Pope Francis has appointed a new leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford. Bishop Leonard P. Blair will succeed current Archbishop Henry Mansell. 

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Building Coalitions
9:10 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Connecticut Anti-Gun and Peace Groups Search for Solution to Violence

Participants of "Building a Coalition for Peace" brainstorming in the World Cafe session.
Ray Hardman WNPR

A coalition of Connecticut anti-gun and peace groups gathered in Hartford on Wednesday. The goal of the conference was to come together as a unified voice for peace and safety. The first-of-its-kind conference brought together representatives from 30 anti-gun and peace groups from around the state, just as Newtown is beginning demolition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Heaven and Hell
4:39 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Heaven Is Waiting; Hell Is A Different Question, Nun Says

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

Perhaps it's no surprise that Mary Catherine Hilkert, a Catholic theologian, a professor at Notre Dame and a Dominican Sister of Peace, believes that people can find love, mercy and union with God after death. In her eyes, however, the concept of hell is far less definitive.

As part of All Things Considered's series on the concept of life after death, Hilkert spoke with host Robert Siegel about her perspectives on heaven and hell, why she thinks of banquets when she imagines the afterlife and why people hold such strong beliefs about what happens when life ends.

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Mea Culpa
9:09 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Coming to Grips With Guilt

There is wringing of Chion Wolf's hands.
Credit John Dankosky

Near the beginning of Thursday's Colin McEnroe Show about guilt, Colin referenced a selection from the Book of Common Prayer:

"Almighty and most merciful Father;
We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against thy holy laws.

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Where We Live
12:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Discerning Religious Life, Struggling with Celibacy

Rev. Danielle Tumminio
Chion Wolf

Author David Schickler wanted to be a priest as a young man, but he struggled between his desire to serve God and to be with women. He said, “For me to have become celibate for life would have been to become half human.”

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Middle East
9:47 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Working Together For Peace in the Middle East, But Differences Remain

Adi Greenfield works with Combatants for Peace.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

At a time when a lot of attention is focused elsewhere, Israelis and Palestinians will join together for an interfaith march for peace in New Haven this weekend.

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Colin McEnroe Show
8:14 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Catholics Perk Up To Pope Francis

Emeritus Bishop Peter Rosazza, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus for the Archdiocese of Hartford
Chion Wolf

As a shot in the dark, this week I asked my rather large Facebook audience whether any of them were lapsed Catholics thinking about tiptoeing back to the church based on the recent comments of Pope Francis, who talked about rebalancing the church's priorities with possibly less emphasis on what he called an obsession with abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage.

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Pakistan
10:29 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Suicide Attack Strikes Church In Pakistan; Dozens Dead

People gather outside All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, after a suicide bombing attack killed scores of people earlier in the day, officials said.
Mohammad Sajjad AP

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 11:33 am

Two suicide bombers struck the All Saints Church following a service in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, killing more than 70 people and wounding more than 120, according to the AP and other news outlets. The victims are believed to include many children.

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Nonreligion
5:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

Bishop McNeil, who isn't a cleric despite his name, speaks to reporters Wednesday at a news conference to introduce the Freethought Equality Fund PAC.
Frank James NPR

Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.

The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the constitutional separation between church and state.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:18 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Bishop John Shelby Spong

Doug1021/flickr creative commons

As a follow up to our very popular 2010 show, Bishop John Shelby Spong returns for the full hour. For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing one of the most important books ever written—the Bible—and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. Bishop Spong's Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World takes readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible.

 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:17 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Can Fasting Bring You Closer to God?

Flickr Creative Commons, Keoni Cabral

In researching this show, I found one claim that some of the writers of the Constitution fasted to enhance inspiration and mental clarity. I couldn't confirm that, but in 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed July 20 as a day of "fasting and humiliation."  

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Religious History
12:13 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Archaeological Site In CT Yields Rare Snapshot Into Early Jewish Life In America

UConn Chesterfield Field School

When you think of early Jewish life in America, you usually think of immigrants who settled in urban centers like the Lower East Side of New York and in Baltimore. But archeologists and historians are abuzz about recent findings at an excavation site in rural Connecticut.

Old Chesterfield is home to the remains of a 19th century Jewish farming community. There is a synagogue and, surprisingly, a ritual bath called a 'mikveh', which is rarely seen outside of cities.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:49 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Authors of Occult America and Bound To Last

Indi Samarajiva/flickr creative commons

From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often ignored or overlooked. Mitch Horowitz joins us to talk Occult America, his study of the esoteric undercurrents of our history and their profound impact across modern life.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Pope Francis and the Future of the Catholic Church

sarahstierch, creative commons

One in 10 adults in the United States is a lapsed Catholic, according to a 2009 report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

This might change, say some religious scholars. They think that the newly appointed Pope Francis is going to bring people back to the church. He’s focusing on the poor, wearing simple vestments, washing women’s feet.  A far stretch from his predecessor.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

The Nose Gets Popey, Gives Up Stuff For Lent, And Addresses A 'Boob Apology'

Wikimedia Commons

What a week.  Here's what we're tackling on The Nose today.

Well, we can't NOT talk about Pope Francis. I'm fascinated by his austere lifestyle and how it's going to mesh with the high-ranking cardinals in the Curia, who mostly do not live that way at all.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Shoveling Out & Replacing The Pope

On Facebook, I asked people what they learned during the storm.

 One person learned that Domino's will keep its pizza drivers on the road even after the highways are closed, a source of anxiety if your kid is one of those drivers.

 Another Facebooker said he gained insight about how hard life must have been for his family, a generation or so back in rural Quebec.

 A lot of people learned a lot of things about snowblowers, ranging from just wishing for one, to shrewd advice about how to start one under adverse conditions.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Breaking Our Ties To Organized Religion

Silent Shot on Flickr Creative Commons

Maybe you heard yesterday that the Postal Service is ending Saturday delivery, but maybe you didn't know that until 1912 there was Sunday delivery and post offices open for at least an hour.

 1912 marked the end of a 100-year battle about the sacredness of Sunday that said a lot about the religious nature of the American people. We're a religious church-going nation, compared to Europe, but there are signs of a new tilt.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:38 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Doug1021/flickr creative commons

As a follow up to our very popular 2010 show, Bishop John Shelby Spong returns for the full hour. For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing one of the most important books ever written—the Bible—and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. Bishop Spong's Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World takes readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:18 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Sharon Salzberg on Faith

Tai/flickr creative commons

In her book Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg offers discerning wisdom on understanding faith as a healing quality. Through the teachings of Buddha and insight gained from her lifelong spiritual quest, she provides a road map for cultivating a feeling of peace that can be practiced by anyone of any tradition. Salzberg joins us live for the full hour.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:40 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Doug1021/flickr creative commons

As a follow up to our very popular 2010 show, Bishop John Shelby Spong returns for the full hour. For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing one of the most important books ever written—the Bible—and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. Bishop Spong's Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World takes readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible.

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Christmas Cards
1:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sending Season’s Greetings

Holiday greetings have been around almost as long as the Christmas holiday itself, in the form of sermons, almanac entries, poems, and books for children, even notes attached to bills and receipts.  In the 1840s, people were given another way to express good will to their neighbors through the Christmas card.  Changes in postal charges made the sending of specific cards for specific holidays easier.

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Where We Live
11:42 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Living With The Mystery Of Our Death

Rebecca Dubell

Religious leaders get to oversee some of life’s happiest moments, but they’ve also seen enough death to last a lifetime.

They officiate funerals, bless graves, and provide comfort to those who are suffering loss.  So it makes sense that we expect them to have some kind of wisdom about death.  

But how do their experiences influence their views of their own mortality?

Today we’ll talk with philosopher Shelly Kagan and pastoral care professor Kristen Leslie about the mystery of death.  

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Where We Live
12:45 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Interfaith Understanding

Chion Wolf

Compromise, cooperation, conversation - these are the topics in Washington after the election. But we’ll see how long that lasts.

Can the world of politics learn from the world of religion?

Hartford Seminary is one of the leading spaces for multifaith education - and this weekend, they celebrate a new chair in Abrahamic partnerships that is meant to enhance the Seminary’s role in bringing those of  the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths together.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:58 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Authors of Occult America and Bound to Last

Indi Samarajiva/flickr creative commons

From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often ignored or overlooked. Mitch Horowitz joins us to talk Occult America, his study of the esoteric undercurrents of our history and their profound impact across modern life.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Doug1021/flickr creative commons

As a follow up to our very popular 2010 show, Bishop John Shelby Spong returns for the full hour. For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing one of the most important books ever written—the Bible—and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. Bishop Spong's Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World takes readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Child Trauma, and Authors of In the Whirlwind and inGenius,

brett jordan/flickr creative commons

Any person can learn to be creative and become innovative. Our guest, from Yale Law School, studies two bibles and says you might be surprised when you hear what he learned about God's relationship with us, humanity. And you cannot only be creative; you can use your newfound creativity to be innovative in your thinking and actions, day-to-day. The head of Stamford University's renowned entrepreneur program is our guest. Plus, Dr. Robert Franks, Vice President and Director of Connecticut Center for Effective Practice (CCEP), talks about child trauma.

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