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Modeling agency helps demure Muslims keep it ‘Underwraps’

(RNS) Nailah Lymus argues that there’s greater demand for modesty than perhaps the fashion industry realizes, and that it will need models to respond. Since launching her Underwraps modeling agency, she’s received more than 400 queries from aspiring Muslim models from the U.S. to Indonesia to Great Britain.

Quote of the Day: Tibetan writer and journalist Tsering Kyi

“Deep down, I too believe that the flames that rose from my nephew’s body will illuminate our struggle for freedom and bring a ray of hope to my suffering homeland.” – Tibetan writer and journalist Tsering Kyi, writing in The Washington Post after her nephew, Tsering Tashi, self-immolated himself in Tibet on Jan. 12 to oppose Chinese occupation of Tibet.

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Entry deadline nears for 2013 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 4. Excellence in the communication of religious issues, values, and themes in secular media will be honored by the Wilbur Awards presented annually by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC). Communicators are encouraged to submit their best work produced in 2012 for consideration in one of the oldest award programs in religion communication. Entry Deadline is February 4.

The Japanese Jesus

Jesus didn’t die on the cross. His twin-brother filled in for him to trick the authorities, and Jesus traveled to a remote village in Japan, fathered a few children, and lived to a fulfilling life until his death at 106.

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On Eve of Super Bowl XLVII, Survey Finds Nearly 3-in-10 Americans Say God Plays a Role in Outcomes of Sports Events

Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Likely to Tune in to Super Bowl
WASHINGTON — Even though only 3 percent of Americans identify as fans of the Baltimore Ravens (1 percent) or San Francisco 49ers (2 percent), 66 percent of Americans are likely to tune in to Super Bowl XLVII, including 42 percent who say they seldom or never watch sports, a new survey finds. Nearly 3-in-10 (27 percent) Americans believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins sports events, according to the January Religion and Politics Tracking Survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute during the weekend of the National Football League conference championship games. A majority (53 percent) of Americans also agree that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success, compared to 42 percent who disagree. “In an era where professional sports are driven by dollars and statistics, significant numbers of Americans see a divine hand at play,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, PRRI CEO. “Roughly 3-in-10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins, and a majority believe that God rewards faithful athletes.”

Americans in the South are most likely to think God has a stake in the outcome of sports games.

Boy Scouts Move Forward

Back in the 1950s, my mother, may she rest in peace, refused to let me and my brothers join the Boy Scouts because boys in uniforms reminded her of the Hitler Youth. While I don’t think I suffered permanent damage as a result, I do remain challenged when it comes to tying knots.

Is gay marriage like male lactation?

San Francisco’s punchy new archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, thinks Catholics should use the term “same-sex marriage” only “sparingly,” and added this analogy by way of explanation, as per Josh McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter:
Speaking to the London-based Catholic Herald, Cordileone compares the term to male lactation. “Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding,” states Cordileone in the interview. The good archbishop might be interested to know that in certain, rare circumstances, males can, in fact, lactate. Those familiar with podcasts might be interested in this from the “Stuff You Should Know” folks. Fair warning: The podcast uses descriptions of male and female anatomy.

THEOLOGY SCHOOL CREATES NEW PROCESS TO ENGAGE EMPLOYEES IN THE WORKPLACE

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January 28, 2013

 
The workplace has changed and so has the level of employee engagement. 
 Authentic Engagement™ Provides New Tools for Employers
 
(DENVER)  Changing generational, racial, social, and personal differences, coupled with the “Great Recession,” have resulted in low levels of employee engagement for many organizations.  The Authentic Engagement Program™, now available from the Iliff School of Theology, offers a unique approach to increase engagement and productivity.  

“The workplace is in a time of change for many reasons.  Today, it is not uncommon to have employees ages 18-80 from many diverse backgrounds working together,” said Albert Hernández, interim president and chief executive officer, Iliff School of Theology.  “With the additional pressures of the recession, erosion of the social contract between employees and employers, and tight job market, many employees are not only dissatisfied and disillusioned with their workplaces, but distrustful of their leadership – resulting in decreased workplace productivity.”

 

Theological schools are in a position to help and Iliff has led the way with this new program.  Theological education can provide the business community with the resources for employers to assist their employees in finding meaning in their work in ways that will foster the human spirit and enhance employee engagement.  

“Theological education has long been an ‘initiator of community,’ so the basics of creating a culture of collaboration is an integral part of the skill set.  Iliff has successfully focused on the core elements of a theological education and translated that for the workplace through the Authentic Engagement Program™,” added Hernández.  

By leveraging practices that engage, excite, and empower employees, Iliff’s Authentic Engagement Program™ was developed in partnership with Denver’s business community via an advisory council over a two-year period.  Funded by Wells Fargo Bank and a local business leader, the program provides impactful training for all levels of organizational leaders.  The program has already been tested with members of the South Denver Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Wyoming, as well internally with many Iliff professionals. Through Iliff’s Authentic Engagement Program™, participants learn through a one, two, or three-day  seminar:

 

Techniques to identify the unique values that drive personal satisfaction and commitment through an examination of The Self.