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Zaytuna College – As Lucky Severson reports, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California is like no other school in the US. It is an accredited 4 year college that combines Islamic education with liberal arts, trying to revive the historic liberal arts tradition within Islam. Cofounder Sheikh Hamza Yusuf said “We are at a particularly dark period in Islamic tradition unfortunately, but that does not in an way dim the light of its civilization in the past.”
Christmas Music – Managing Editor Kim Lawton looks at how music is central to the celebration of Christmas. She talks with singer/songwriter Amy Grant, who says Christmas music allows people “to feel the presence of hope,” and to Wesley Theological Seminary professor Eileen Guenther who says that for Christians, “the songs embody the meaning of Christmas.”
Packing Meals for the Hungry – Churches around the country are sponsoring special events with the charity Stop Hunger Now. Congregations pack non-perishable meals that will be sent to children in poverty-stricken areas of the world. In this Belief and Practice segment, we visit Grace Community Church in Arlington, Virginia, which packed 100,000 meals in one morning. Senior Pastor John Slye said rather than listening to a sermon, he wanted his congregation to be the sermon.