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Little-known Swedenborg gets fresh look in new book

WASHINGTON (RNS) What do famous thinkers such as William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Helen Keller have in common? They were all influenced by a little-known Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian named Emanuel Swedenborg. By Annalisa Musarra.

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Photo slideshow: Kenyan Fire and Water Ceremony

On March 4th, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, head priest of Shinnyo-en, a Japanese Buddhist denomination, hosted and conducted a sunset fire and water ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya for the first time. The ceremony took place during the 10th anniversary conference of the Global Peace Initiative of Women which was held in hopes of raising awareness of global issues such as climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and conflict.