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Two business-leaders honored for interfaith work in London

Two business-leaders who were among 12 honorees recognized earlier in the year were awarded medals for using their business to bridge cultural and religious divides. The Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards honored business men and women from around the world for their work in interfaith relations at the inaugural ceremony held in Rio de Janeiro.

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Ted Merwin, Ph.D., will be discussing his new book, ” Pastrami On Rye, An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Avenue, Lawrence, N.Y.

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Introducing health care for the common good

What if both your Catholic conscience and your wallet could participate in a medical cost solution that observed time-tested health care principles? What if you could pay for your own medical costs while providing for the health care costs of others? What if, as a Catholic, you were able to live practically the principles of Catholic Social Doctrine?

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The need for online religious education and spiritual formation

According to the 2010 Faith Communities Today survey, the utilization of church websites and email by congregations has more than doubled in the past decade. The use of social media, blogs, projection screens in worship, and membership databases in the office are also on the rise in American congregations. Many churches, however, have been unsuccessful in utilizing online technologies to assist them in their religious education and spiritual formation programs.

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – April 29, 2016

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1935 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 29, 2016 (check local listings). Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric – With suggestions of banning Muslims from coming to the US, “patrolling Muslim neighborhoods” and questioning whether Muslims are qualified to be president, there has been much negative rhetoric about Islam this election season. Kim Lawton reports on efforts in Nashville, Tennessee to counter the rhetoric through building personal relationships between Christians and Muslims. One of the leaders of the movement is Rev. Josh Graves, pastor of an evangelical megachurch. Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life – What if scientists listening for it finally found it?

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – April 22, 2016

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1934 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 22, 2016 (check local listings). 
Digital Addiction – Americans are increasingly dependent on their digital devices, and while this has undeniable benefits, many analysts say the negative impact must also be addressed. Kim Lawton talks with Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Sherry Turkle about how relationships are being harmed. She also interviews Tanya Schevitz of the Jewish group Reboot and Zen Master Jane Dobisz about efforts in the faith community that urge people to reassess their use of digital technology. Assisted Suicide – Should physicians and even families be allowed to end the life of someone terminally and painfully ill who wants to die?  Despite the protests from many sides, particularly religious leaders, California, this June, becomes the fifth state to legalize such action.  NPR radio host Diane Rehm has a book just out – On My Own – about her family’s struggle to help Diane’s late husband, who wanted to be allowed to die.  Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly spoke with Diane about her personal experience with the issue, including the Death With Dignity Movement, which she now supports.

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Brothers in Arms: The Berrigan Letters

MARYKNOLL, N. Y. – The story of Daniel and Philip Berrigan, two American Catholics whose actions against the war in Vietnam and nuclear proliferation made headlines around the globe, is now told through their weekly correspondence covering some 70 years. Selected from over 2,000 missives, The Berrigan Letters: Personal Correspondence between Daniel and Philip Berrigan provides access to this historic correspondence for the first time. Editors Daniel Cosacchi and Eric Martin introduce the letters in chronological order, situating them in both the lives of the brothers and the turbulent history of America in the second half of the twentieth century. In their selection and editing, the letters illuminate a gradual evolution to the Berrigan brothers’ activism; the planning and reflection on the various acts of civil disobedience, and the outcome and consequences of those actions–particularly long prison confinements. The letters also reveal the tensions and conflict between the brothers, and among those they worked with in communities; their relationship to the Roman Catholic church and authorities; and their concern with ultimate things, particularly in Daniel’s most recent work with AIDS patients in New York City and Philip’s final illness after years of prison.

Religion News Service names new Christianity beat reporter

(RNS) Emily McFarlan Miller, an award-winning journalist who has written extensively on news and trends in Christian America, will take on one of Religion News Service’s most important beats, covering Christians and Christianity. 

Miller, who worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as its digital editor for social media, has delved deeply as a journalist into the debates, trends and challenges animating Christianity in the U.S. today. Her work has appeared in online and traditional media, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Relevant Magazine, Crux and Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog, where she has written on topics as diverse as the new abstinence movement, evangelical attitudes toward masculinity and the Christian response to Internet trolls. “I am excited and honored to join a team of journalists I admire in a mission I truly support – to provide unbiased, nonsectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas,” Miller said. “There are a wide variety of voices within evangelical and mainline Christianity in the United States, and I can’t wait to hear from them and share their stories.” Miller is not new to RNS.

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Christian media to tackle immigration and civility at national convention

LANCASTER, Pa. — Writers and editors within the Christian periodical market will address the two hot-button issues of immigration and civility during the annual convention of the Evangelical Press Association when it convenes in Lancaster, Pa., on April 6 to 8, 2016. “The Evangelical Response to Immigration and the Refugee Crisis” is the subject of a forum scheduled for Thursday morning, April 7. Speakers include Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief; David Shenk, Global Missions Consultant with Eastern Mennonite Missions and author of “Christian. Muslim.

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On Supreme Court – Let the people speak first, NRB says

MANASSAS, Va. – National Religious Broadcasters support Congressional leaders in their resolve to allow the American people to have a voice at the ballot box before anyone is considered to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court following last month’s passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, leaders said today in response to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. “Let us remember that Justice Scalia was an exceptional jurist with unwavering commitment to the integrity of the United States Constitution,” stated Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “We know the poor track record of the Obama Administration on respect for freedom and the rule of law.  The American people should at least have a chance to vote in November before this President gets to place a third and likely generational-altering pick on the Court.”

Last month in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Dr. Johnson assured him the NRB would stand with him in his decision to wait on consideration of any Scalia successor until after the November elections.  In that letter, Dr. Johnson declared:
The Constitution that Justice Scalia fought for decades to uphold provides the President the power to nominate judges and the Senate the power of advice and consent.  This is a key principle in the separation of powers between the branches of our nation’s government.  Unfortunately, America’s current President has shown little restraint in asserting authority in areas properly belonging to other federal branches, the states, or the people themselves.  I urge you to do all that you can to prevent the President from attempting to work around the will of the Legislative Branch in this matter. Moreover, Dr. Johnson noted, “The American people began to vote for change in 2014 by giving a new party control of the chamber, and the people will have a chance to speak again in the months ahead essentially on the fate of all three branches of government.”

The full text of Dr. Johnson’s letter to Leader McConnell is here.  Also, a letter signed by Dr. Johnson and more than 100 other leaders committed “to make clear to the American people what is at stake and to rally our fellow citizens to the cause of saving the Constitution” is here. About NRB
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers.