religion

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

Bishop John Shelby Spong

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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

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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

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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,

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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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The Faith Middleton Show
11:20 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Disintegration and What Good is God?

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Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America 

The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book, Disintegration, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson argues that over decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Instead of one black America, now there are four:

• a Mainstream middle-class majority with a full ownership stake in American society; 

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Religion in Schools
6:49 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Enfield Stops Holding High School Graduations In Local Christian Church

Earlier this week the Enfield Board of Education agreed to stop holding high school graduation ceremonies in a local Christian church. The settlement ends a lawsuit brought on behalf of two students and three parents.

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Where We Live
11:22 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mark Greenberg: Islam Is "a Cult in Many Respects."

Mark Greenberg.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican 5th congressional district candidate Mark Greenberg questioned whether Islam is a religion of peace.

"I don't believe in all manner, that Islam is a religion of peace and we have to be careful about that," said Greenberg on WNPR's Where We Live. "We got to be honest about it. We have to be able to be real about the fact that some people in that religion are out to kill us."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The Nose: Free Hugs, TomKat, Happiness In Politics, And Travelling While Rude

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Every time I turned on my TV this week, there was a Tom Cruise movie playing. Are they able to do that? And by "that" I mean react so quickly to celebrity news that they can move somebody's back catalogue into the movie rotation of a cable channel. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Maybe if I knew more about what Scientology says about coincidences... Well, actually, I do.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Conversions: Not My Parents' Religion

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Ingrid converted from lapsed Catholicism to Islam. Leah from high profile atheism to Catholicism. Soshanna from Christianity to Judaism to Wicca. Andrew from unbelief to the Unification Church. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:06 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

An American Nun: We Are Standing With Laity

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Cell Phone Addiction, Sugary Drinks, Nuns Behaving 'Badly' & Endorsements

Chion Wolf

What counts as a bad habit? And who should have the power to save us from one? That's a big part of our discussion today.

This week, addictions were all over the news. New Yorkers are facing a ban on sugary drinks, while California chefs repeal a foie gras ban. A Massachusetts teen is looking at a jail sentence for not being able to put down his cell phone.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:38 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of In the Whirlwind, inGenius, and Little Sweet Potato

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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 re-knowned entrepreneur program is our guest. Plus, novelist and short story writer Amy Bloom. Her new children's book is just out, called Little Sweet Potato.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

What Drives Political Polarization

Diego3336

Why do we have such terrible political arguments? Are we really so divided?

Topics like abortion, the death penalty, gun control, drug policy, tax policy all make us sound like a deeply divided nation, although I've long believed it's possible to formulate a position on almost anything that 65 percent of Americans will agree with.

 But it's not in our natures to do that. Compromise is boring. Dispute is exciting.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Monaco Award Winner Michele Bell and Author Amy Bloom

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Faith Middleton talks with novelist and former therapist Amy Bloom about how interfaith couples negotiate life together. And, an award-winning Yale scientist has data showing climate change is affecting human health and mortality.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:20 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Authors of Hot Cripple, Alone and Invisible No More, and Unprotected Texts

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Alone and Invisible No More is the true story of a new way of caring for the elderly in Maine that is cost-effective and promises humane end-of-life care. Plus, a look at what The Bible says in contradictory ways about sex and desire.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:24 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

The Nose: *Insert Bad Jeremy Lin Pun*, Contraception, Diets And Endoresments

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Quick. Who are the speakers in the following quotes?

"My audience is God. ... The right way to play is not for others and not for myself, but for God. I’m still learning to be selfless and submit myself to God and give up my game to Him.”

Quote Two: "I invited God to become the chairman of the board of my life."

They're both in the news this week. The first speaker is Jeremy Lin. Do I really have to tell you who he is? The second is Foster Friess, Rick Santorum's millionaire backer and the guy who made the aspirin joke on Andrea Mitchell's show his week.

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Women in Religion
8:53 am
Mon February 13, 2012

CT Nun Leads Wide-Ranging Vatican Inquiry

A Connecticut nun, chosen to lead a wide-ranging Vatican investigation of women’s religious orders in the United States, has submitted her final report to Church officials.  

Mother Mary Clare Millea, Superior General of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden, was appointed in 2008 to oversee the probe, called an “Apostolic Visitation”. The goal of this first-ever inquiry by the Vatican of American religious sisters was to evaluate their quality of life and learn why the numbers of women entering religious life have declined so dramatically.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:39 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Should Religion Be Politicized?

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Sooner or later in every American political cycle, religion rears its head. The debate over Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright is still fresh in our minds. In the presidency of George W. Bush, there were many questions about the degree to which his faith shaped his policies and his rhetoric.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:44 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

The Hardcore Side Of Christian Rock

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Even if you think you have absolutely no relationship to Christian metal, you might have to think again, especially if you were a faithful watcher of "Friday Night Lights." Remember Landry's band Crucifictorius, which was almost called Stigmatalingus? That was a Christian speed metal band.

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Where We Live
10:32 am
Fri January 20, 2012

God vs. Gay

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Since Connecticut legalized gay marriage in November 2008, more than 6,000 same-sex couples have been married here.

More and more Northeastern states are legalizing same-sex marriage with New York doing it last summer. It’s an issue that continues to stir debate - from California’s Proposition 8 to this year’s presidential race.

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Religion
3:47 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Judge: Hartford Wrongly Told Jewish Organization To Cease And Desist

A few years ago, an Orthodox Jewish group opened  a religious center for students at the nearby University of Hartford.   But the city told them to stop.  Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, a state court judge says the city was wrong. There are lots of big houses along Bloomfield Avenue.  One of them used to be owned and operated by a Baptist church organization before it was bought for use as a Chabad house -- a place for Jewish university students to pray, celebrate and learn.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:31 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

The Nose: Christopher Hitchens & Tebow Trend While Mann's Malloy Epic Continues

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The person with the best take on the death of Christopher Hitchens would have to be Christopher Hitchens.

Here he is:

"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

The Nose: Perry's Ad, The War On Christmas, & The Word Of The Year

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Last year, while filing in to a holiday party, I overheard a woman grumbling about how much she dislikes having people in stores greet her with something neutral like "Happy Holidays." 

"I let'em know!" she snarled. "It's Merry Christmas."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Pledge, Powerball, Political Drama, Siri, & Horse Meat

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The Pledge of Allegiance is a 20th century creature. It was written at the end of the 19th century by a Christian socialist minister as part of a general push toward American nationalism, with special regard for the flag. I find people all the time who think  it dates back to the founding of the United States. The phrase "under God" was added in the 1950s. There are all kinds of stores about how and why that happened. I think it's fair to sum it up as kind of a Cold War thing. The Soviets were godless. We weren't.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:04 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Documentary Film Artists Max Scott And Vera Graaf; Environmental Writer Peter

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Conversation with two documentary film artists, and one of the great environmental writers around, Peter Matthiesen, a Buddist who describes what it's like to cheat at meditating.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:13 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Bishop John Shelby Spong

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