Religion & Spirituality
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“The demise of Catholic schools has pained me for years,” says Karen Carbone. But now her family is part of the effort to turn a parish school around and offer what expensive independent schools do at a much lower price.
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From faith-based expectations for the second Obama term to major court cases on gay marriage to turmoil in the Middle East, we look ahead to the top religion and ethics stories we expect to be covering in the year 2013.
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“Christmas is about Jesus’ birth and honoring Jesus with the priorities that Jesus would have in the world, especially amongst marginalized people. But what we’ve done is made it more about us,” says Rev. Mike Slaughter.
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He buries the poor, feeds the hungry, rescues the injured, houses the homeless, and says the goal of his orphanage for Haitian children is “to raise the children together so they have memories of their own restored childhood and that later in life they become aunts and uncles to each other's children and their family regenerates after a generation.”
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“We have a gigantic rift running through our culture, and it’s a rift that doesn’t run between denominations and institutions. It runs through them.”
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“The rabbis going back to Maimonides and earlier felt that the lights of the Hanukkah lamp were sacred,” and if you couldn’t afford a gold or silver lamp “you could use an egg shell, or a nut shell, or a potato carved out.”
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"It is prescribed that you should put the lamp in your doorway," says Susan Braunstein, curator of the Jewish Museum of New York, "so that the people walking on the street will see the lights and know that we are celebrating the miracle."
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The elite St. Olaf choir is considered a pioneer in America’s a capella choral tradition. And for one hundred years, this small Lutheran college in Minnesota has done a Christmas concert that has become known—and loved—around the world.
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The conductor of the St. Olaf Choir suggests that music “will somehow seep into the bodies of those performing and certainly those who are hearing, and if it makes them reflect and they think differently about themselves and the people with whom they live day in and day out and how they lead their lives, then I think we've done our job."
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"A lot of people in caregiving situations ask, 'Why is God doing this to me? Where is God in the midst of all this?' and they really struggle with spiritual matters," says Rev. Kate Bryant. Her church started a special ministry to support parental caregivers.
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“The idea of the Talmud is that you are allowed to ask questions about everything,” says Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. He calls the Talmud “the central pillar Jewish culture” and “a vast book encouraging you to ask questions.”
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Is this a film aimed at helping audiences find God? “It wouldn’t be that easy,” says director Ang Lee. “You have to go through suffering and pain. You have to be in awe. You have to go through tests to believe in God—or not believe in God, in some cases.”