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05/08/2020
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The church is a military green, with towers that resemble missiles and iron steps forged from enemy weapons. The opening was scheduled for May 9, Russia's 75th Victory Day for the end of WWII, but coronavirus has delayed it.

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05/06/2020
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With the shortage of tissue paper in the market amid the pandemic, there might be another stage of evolution awaiting in the anal hygiene of the U.S. – the use of water.

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05/05/2020
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British Christian journalist and author Jenny Taylor reviews WORLD Magazine Editor in Chief Marvin Olasky's new book on reforming journalism: "Faith-based Bible-bashing should be anathema to journalists who want readers to make up their own minds."

Religion Unplugged
05/04/2020
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This #Maythe4th you can test your Star Wars knowledge and begin your own Jedi journey with the Temple of the Jedi Order's online training program.

Watch the video to see real-life Jedi Masters:

Religion Unplugged
05/01/2020
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Institutes for training imams are common across Africa, but the Rabat-based Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams stands out because it welcomes female students to become spiritual guides. Since the late-1990s, Morocco has promoted moderate Islam to push back against radicalism at home and as an antidote to the Wahhabi tradition of Saudi Arabia with its links to Salafi jihadism. Morroco’s King Mohammed VI believes women are part of the solution.

04/30/2020
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An investor on the Upper East Side and a local LGBTQ activist, neither religious, had sharply different views on the evangelical Samaritan's Purse hospital helping COVID-19 patients in New York City:

Two secular New Yorkers - an Upper East Side resident and a local performance artist - each went to check out the field hospital for COVID-19 patients set up by Samaritan's Purse, with very different outcomes.

Whitney Tilson is a retired hedge fund manager who publishes an investment newsletter. Reverend Billy Talen is a performer and activist who leads the Church of Stop Shopping, a theater group, with director Savitri D. The couple lives in Brooklyn.

They share philosophies on treatment of LGBTQ people but have divergent attitudes about the evangelical Christian aid organization's presence during crisis.

Read more: https://religionunplugged.com/news/two-secular-new-yorkers-visited-samaritans-purse-field-hospital-one-volunteered-one-arrested

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Religion Unplugged
04/28/2020
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A creative church on the East coast and a faith-based rehabilitation center on the West coast have found ways to boost local business in their COVID-19 relief efforts.

Religion Unplugged
04/27/2020
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Nearly a third of America’s public and private universities were already operating at a deficit before the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how Christian colleges are coping.

Religion Unplugged
04/27/2020
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While white evangelicals are the least likely religious group to view global warming as a crisis, there is a growing movement of evangelicals like Michelle Frazer who not only care about the impacts of climate change, but perhaps more significantly, are appealing to conservative Christians in ways that the secular, left-leaning environmental movement hasn’t.

Religion Unplugged
04/23/2020
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Dr. Mohammed Elgazzar has served in medical missions to war-torn Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria and more, saving lives without regard to the beliefs of the wounded. His faith inspires him. “The Quran is not coming from Allah just to be read,” he said. “It is not enough to see pain and feel sad. You have to do something about it,” he said. “That is my religion.”

Religion Unplugged
04/22/2020
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He has a history in fossil fuels. Now he sees a divine mission in "Creation Care" - and persuading Christians to care about the environment to save kids' lives.

Happy #EarthDay 🌏

Religion Unplugged
04/20/2020
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While the latest statistics from the LDS Church show a slight growth in membership worldwide, much of the growth is coming from abroad. Polarization and inflexibility prevent growth more than controversy, religious scholars say.

Our reporting with data from QuitMormon Cumorah International LDS Resources

Religion Unplugged
04/19/2020
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Gilead Sciences, which has raised hopes of a drug to treat coronavirus with some early signs of success in clinical trials, is named after an ancient salve used in Bible times.

Religion Unplugged
04/16/2020
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Combining Buddhism, Haiku poetry and meditative photography, Tyler Knott Gregson offers insight into coping with chaos, loss and isolation experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic through his experiences struggling with autism.

Meet Carol Wambui of Kenya, she's the fourth Arne Fieldstad Scholar to receive a scholarship to study with the NYC Semes...
04/16/2020
Arne Fjeldstad Scholarship Brings International Journalism Students to The King’s College in NYC — The Media Project

Meet Carol Wambui of Kenya, she's the fourth Arne Fieldstad Scholar to receive a scholarship to study with the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King's College in NYC.

Carol Wambui is the fourth Arne Fjeldstad Scholar, who received a scholarship to be part of the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) at The King’s College in NYC. She is studying Journalism at the Multimedia University of Kenya. During her time at King’s in the NYCJ program, she is interning at Rel...

Religion Unplugged
04/16/2020
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The new series on Hulu debuting April 15 and starring Cate Blanchett tells the story of the counterrevolution in the women’s movement: a battle against Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan’s brand of feminism led by Catholic political activist-lawyer, self-identified housewife and mother of six children, Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly successfully led a conservative grassroots movement to squash the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Religion Unplugged
04/14/2020
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The French Father helped his colleagues in normalization-period Czechoslovakia, a time following the 1968 Soviet invasion of the country marked by secret police and threats to clergy. He died at age 74 on April 10, after suffering with a neurodegenerative disease. Religion Unplugged may have been his last interview:

Religion Unplugged
04/13/2020
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Tanzania is one of several East African countries still allowing religious gatherings, while this Easter weekend marked the steepest rise in confirmed coronavirus cases so far. Churches have been a foundation of trust between communities and government officials, and some say they are the key to disseminating prevention tips like good hand washing practices. But others are teaching that the virus cannot infect a godly person.

Religion Unplugged
04/12/2020
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Since last year’s church attacks in Sri Lanka, persecution of Christians around the world has only gotten worse. With the spread of coronavirus, this Easter is unlike any other we’ve seen. But there is reason to hope, Lela Gilbert and Arielle Del Turco write:

Religion Unplugged
04/10/2020
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With a long-trending decline in the number of Americans who identify as Christian, stay-at-home orders are testing churches’ ability to maintain connections with followers or lose more of their flocks. During Holy Week, many churches report higher views online than can fit in their sanctuaries. Some are even hosting virtual activities like an Easter egg hunt to engage kids.

Religion Unplugged
04/09/2020
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"If coronavirus gets a hold here, on top of everything else, it will be catastrophic."

Religion Unplugged
04/09/2020
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The Black Death in the 14th century brought sweeping changes in Europe: the loss of people to the plague gutted the Church of its most faithful clergy, allowed survivors in lower classes to fill higher social positions and even encouraged innovation to replace the lost human labor with machines, including the printing press that made possible the Protestant Reformation.

Religion Unplugged
04/08/2020
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“Life for blacks and whites in this country is still much different and that is also true in the evangelical community."

The civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to Religion Unplugged about the black evangelical vote in the 2020 election:

Religion Unplugged
04/07/2020
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Staying home doesn't mean you can't travel digitally!

Religion Unplugged
04/06/2020
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When the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt, God sent ten plagues to trouble Pharaoh, each one more horrible than the last. The last plague was the worst of all — a disease that felled the firstborn of every family, except in Jewish families who marked their door with lamb’s blood. This year, many Jews will rewrite the Passover story from the Book of Exodus to include an eleventh plague — COVID-19.

Religion Unplugged
04/04/2020
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What are you watching during your Holy Week quarantine?

Religion Unplugged
04/03/2020
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Reel Redemption is a new documentary that breaks down the history of the complicated and sometimes contentious relationship between Hollywood and Christianity, ending with the current rise of faith-based films. The director Tyler Smith told Religion Unplugged that while people have often rightfully criticized Christian films, some of the best moments and films in the faith-based genre are overlooked by secular critics who don’t agree with the values expressed.

Religion Unplugged
04/01/2020
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These Pentecostals are fueling a movement of charismatic scholars, religious professionals and activists who are passionate about social justice and defeating Trump in the 2020 election -- reclaiming Pentecostalism from prominent figures like Paula White, the Pentecostal televangelist who claims to have led President Trump to the Lord and is a White House advisor on faith.

Religion Unplugged
03/31/2020
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The hashtag #coronajihad began trending on Twitter as Delhi's health minister announced 24 cases of coronavirus came from a Muslim gathering earlier this month.

Religion Unplugged
03/30/2020
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Two out of three pastors say giving is down since #coronavirus spread. A third of all Americans & 49% of Hispanics say they or someone in their house lost a job.

Iglesia Vida Dallas saw their giving drop 75%.

Here's how churches are coping:

Religion Unplugged
03/28/2020
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Looking for something to watch tonight? This series sticks to the Biblical account of Jesus, is the biggest crowdfunded media project so far, and is streaming free until Monday for #coronavirus #quarantinelife:

Here is my essay on why Fred Rogers is a cultural antidote during this time of Covid Quarantine. I explain how I met Fre...
03/28/2020
Why Mister Rogers Is Worth Watching During Coronavirus Quarantines

Here is my essay on why Fred Rogers is a cultural antidote during this time of Covid Quarantine. I explain how I met Fred’s son Jim during my time in Pittsburgh and how Fred teaches us something about faith, community and parenting.

As our lives are forced to slow down and spend more time with our children working from home and conducting school online this spring, it’s an opportunity to embrace our own children, strengthen our own families and deepen our faith. And perhaps Fred Rogers is a perfect guide in that process for a...

Religion Unplugged
03/28/2020
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Our executive editor Paul Glader writes: As our lives are forced to slow down and spend more time with our children working from home and conducting school online this spring, it’s an opportunity to strengthen our families and deepen our faith. And perhaps Fred Rogers is a perfect guide in that process for adults and children.

Religion Unplugged
03/27/2020
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A bat mitzvah livestreamed, a growing virtual kaddish minyan to recite prayers and remember loved ones, a shivah service to mourn a death — digital tools are redefining what it means to be Jewish during a pandemic.

Religion Unplugged
03/26/2020
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Iran released 85,000 prisoners to curb coronavirus, yet not many Christians, who they continue to abuse, Lela Gilbert writes:

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