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Religion Unplugged
05/13/2019
Religion Unplugged

Religion Unplugged

The 64th annual music festival - a trophy for Israeli tourism this year - may have triggered Palestinian militants' attacks last week. Tens of thousands of fans and musicians have been arriving to Tel Aviv to kick off the contest May 14.

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05/11/2019
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It's the first weekend "Tolkien" is in theaters. Tag a friend you want to go see it with!

Religion Unplugged
05/10/2019
Religion Unplugged

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The long-overdue move still largely ignores the role of laypeople and relies too much on clergy to self-police.

Religion Unplugged
05/06/2019
Religion Unplugged

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Her followers are using #BecauseofRHE to share how she impacted their spiritual lives.

New evidence suggests Biblical King Balak existed
05/03/2019
New evidence suggests Biblical King Balak existed

New evidence suggests Biblical King Balak existed

Scholars have deciphered lines of text on a partly broken and illegible tablet that most closely resemble the king’s name rather than the phrase “House of David,” adding historical credibility to the Book of Numbers.

Religion Unplugged
04/30/2019
Religion Unplugged

Religion Unplugged

The woman to appear in the spread with arguably more clothes on than any other model in the magazine’s history has made for some controversy.

Some are calling it an unrecognized genocide in Nigeria.
04/29/2019
Easter attacks killed Nigerian Christians too

Some are calling it an unrecognized genocide in Nigeria.

(NEWS ANALYSIS) Reports claim that more than 40 Nigerian Christians were killed in the week leading up to Easter, and many more remain missing. Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari was quick to send condolences to Sri Lanka, but slower to respond to Islamist attacks on Christians in his country.

Have you liked our new page Religion Unplugged ? We share our latest stories there, like this one:Before the Easter bomb...
04/23/2019
Easter bombings come after wave of attacks against Sri Lankan Christians

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Before the Easter bombings, Sri Lankan Christians reported at least 40 incidents of threats and intimidation so far this year.

In the past two years, Sri Lankan Christians have been attacked by various hardline Buddhist and Hindu groups. Christian organization reported 89 cases of discrimination, violence and threats against Christians in 2018, with 40 cases already in 2019.

We rounded up what we think are the most insightful takeaways from Twitter about the Notre Dame fire so you don't have t...
04/17/2019
8 Takeaways from the Notre Dame fire and its aftermath

We rounded up what we think are the most insightful takeaways from Twitter about the Notre Dame fire so you don't have to.

(NEWS ANALYSIS) In the wake of the devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, insightful reporting of the event and reflections of its significance could be found across Twitter a day after the catastrophic blaze. Here are eight percpectives that stood out to us.

No. 12 seed Liberty University knocking out No. 5 Mississippi State Men's Basketball on Friday night was the basketball ...
03/25/2019
March Madness 2019: God takes center court at NCAA basketball tournament

No. 12 seed Liberty University knocking out No. 5 Mississippi State Men's Basketball on Friday night was the basketball equivalent of David beating Goliath. #brackets were busted and God was thrust into one of the biggest sports stories of the year #MarchMadness via Clemente Lisi

(COMMENTARY) These God connections aren’t always easy to spot during March Madness. The TV coverage or your local newspaper’s sports section aren’t always there to point them out. It’s often something a player or coach will say in postgame news conferences — and highlighted by Christian ne...

Cannabis has long held a high place in Hinduism, unlike the Western vices of alcohol and tobacco. No other day is this m...
03/22/2019
Holi Festival shows Cannabis' High place in Hinduism

Cannabis has long held a high place in Hinduism, unlike the Western vices of alcohol and tobacco. No other day is this more apparent than during the ancient Hindu festival Holi.

Cannabis has a long regard in Hinduism going back thousands of years, unlike the Western vices of alcohol and tobacco. No other day is this more apparent than during the ancient Hindu festival Holi.

Tarrant’s manifesto is part of a grim tradition of mass murderers composing tracts that they hope will provoke copycat...
03/21/2019
Brenton Tarrant’s Mein Kampf: Inside the manifesto of New Zealand’s mosque shooter

Tarrant’s manifesto is part of a grim tradition of mass murderers composing tracts that they hope will provoke copycat attacks.

Brenton Tarrant is becoming a sickeningly familiar figure in the modern West: an angry, disaffected,  lone wolf who finds purpose and community online with extremists who offer an escape from the wrenching dislocations of modernity through a blood-soaked path to redemption. His manifesto re

#BrentonTarrant's manifesto is a screed against immigrants, #Muslims, #Jews, democracy, capitalism, and Westerners who c...
03/19/2019
Brenton Tarrant’s Mein Kampf: Inside the manifesto of New Zealand’s mosque shooter

#BrentonTarrant's manifesto is a screed against immigrants, #Muslims, #Jews, democracy, capitalism, and Westerners who convert to #Islam #NewZealandShooting #NewZealandMosqueAttack via Robert Carle

Brenton Tarrant is becoming a sickeningly familiar figure in the modern West: an angry, disaffected,  lone wolf who finds purpose and community online with extremists who offer an escape from the wrenching dislocations of modernity through a blood-soaked path to redemption. His manifesto re

Which school will be crowned the nation’s top men’s basketball team is a question each year during #MarchMadness. If...
03/18/2019
March Madness 2019: Catholic schools look to maintain winning tradition

Which school will be crowned the nation’s top men’s basketball team is a question each year during #MarchMadness. If the past is any gauge, odds are good that #Catholic institutions like @VillanovaU will emerge as contenders this year via Clemente Lisi

Can a Catholic school once again win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament? If the past is any gauge, the odds are very good that a few Catholic institutions of higher learning will emerge as contenders over the next few weeks.

Fort St. James National Historic Site was founded in 1806 by Simon Fraser, an entrepreneur and explorer who opened up we...
03/17/2019
Pilgrimage: Fort St. James National Historic Site

Fort St. James National Historic Site was founded in 1806 by Simon Fraser, an entrepreneur and explorer who opened up western Canada. The site was named Fort St. James, possibly to inspire some devotion to God in an extremely isolated area. via Julia C. Duin #pilgrimage

A unique bed and breakfast where one can experience life in 1896 is in a Canadian fort named after a saint in central British Columbia. Fort St. James is the only national park in the country where people can sleep in historic dwellings, making it one of the best-kept secrets of the Canadia

St. Patrick's cathedral, the largest in the country, is considered one of the most visible symbols of Roman Catholicism ...
03/16/2019
Pilgrimage: Inside New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's cathedral, the largest in the country, is considered one of the most visible symbols of Roman Catholicism in New York City and the United States. It takes up an entire city block in the center of Manhattan and remains at the the heart of New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade via Clemente Lisi

New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral is considered one of the most visible symbols of Roman Catholicism in the United States. It takes up an entire block in the center of the city and at the heart of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The oldest Christian guesthouse in the Old City, in a neighborhood some souls are wary to venture into, is an oasis of G...
03/12/2019
In Jerusalem's Muslim quarter, an Austrian Hospice serves peace and strudels

The oldest Christian guesthouse in the Old City, in a neighborhood some souls are wary to venture into, is an oasis of Gemutlichkeit (hospitality), apple strudel and spiritual peace that contrasts the greater reality of conflict in the Middle East.

The oldest Christian guesthouse in the Old City is a hub for interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

Christianity is not even mentioned on the show.
03/09/2019
How 'American Gods' On Starz Excludes American Gods

Christianity is not even mentioned on the show.

The new imaginative TV show American Gods takes us on a cross-country road trip to encounter the Gods of America. However, the show barely mentions Jesus or other manifestations of the Christian faith. The show’s season two premier airs on Sunday, March 10th.

Happy Women's Day! Read the story of Samra Zafar - a woman of faith who left an abusive marriage to save herself and her...
03/08/2019
'A Good Wife' is Samra Zafar's story of leaving an abusive marriage without leaving Islam

Happy Women's Day! Read the story of Samra Zafar - a woman of faith who left an abusive marriage to save herself and her daughters.

Zafar agreed to an arranged marriage at age 17, believing the man and his family that the move from Pakistan to Canada would give her more educational opportunities. She didn’t expect to become a prisoner in her own home.

On April 17 #Indonesia holds elections for President and Vice-President, for the legislature, and for a host of other of...
03/04/2019
Religious Tension on the Rise in Indonesia

On April 17 #Indonesia holds elections for President and Vice-President, for the legislature, and for a host of other offices. In order to help preserve harmony, electoral law prohibits all candidates from insulting others on the basis of race or religion via Paul Marshall

Ongoing Indonesian elections are marked by blasphemy convictions, political imprisonment and a patchwork of laws aimed at preventing pornography, ethnic conflict and religious persecution.

Our correspondent shares her views on Venezuela's attempt to prevent its citizens from fleeing amidst a food shortage. C...
03/02/2019
Prayers for Venezuela: Faith and famine in the ongoing economic crisis

Our correspondent shares her views on Venezuela's attempt to prevent its citizens from fleeing amidst a food shortage. Christians churches are on the forefront, brokering peace between governments and addressing the largest refugee crisis to hit South America for generations.

Every day, state control intensifies at every level. All forms of demonstrations are prohibited. Cities across Venezuela have become militarized zones littered with heavily-armed soldiers and tanks. My friends, who are also journalists, have been fired from reporting the truth.

02/28/2019
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Also:
The Intercept | Muslim immigrants sue ICE for obstructing religious practices
https://theintercept.com/2019/02/27/ice-detention-center-muslim-immigrants-glades/

Time Magazine | 40 Miles From Auschwitz, Poland's Jewish Community Is Beginning to Thrive
http://time.com/5534494/poland-jews-rebirth-anti-semitism/

LA Times | Supreme Court will look at whether a cross is promotion of religion or war memorial
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-supreme-court-cross-religion-kavanaugh-20190226-story.html

AP
02/26/2019
AP

AP

United Methodist Church delegates rejected a move to ease the faith's ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. The proposal would have let regional and local church bodies decide for themselves on gay-friendly policies.

At a four-day conference on clergy sex abuse, Pope Francis said people are “looking at us and expect from us not simpl...
02/25/2019
Pope's clergy sex abuse summit: 5 questions for the Catholic Church going forward

At a four-day conference on clergy sex abuse, Pope Francis said people are “looking at us and expect from us not simple condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to put in place. We need to be concrete.”

Here are the key points the Church still needs to address:

What next for the church? A few days clearly isn’t enough to heal the deep wound that decades of abuse and inaction have caused. To recap the very busy events of the past few days, here’s a look at five questions to emerge from the Vatican’s summit and how the church hopes to handle cases of c...

Jackie Robinson's faith is not lost on everyone but historians and academics have pointed out how pop culture, sports jo...
02/21/2019
Jackie Robinson's forgotten Christianity: How being a devout Methodist impacted his life

Jackie Robinson's faith is not lost on everyone but historians and academics have pointed out how pop culture, sports journalism and Hollywood have often left Robinson’s religion out of his life story via Clemente Lisi #BlackHistoryMonth #jackierobinson

A lot has been said and written about Jackie Robinson. The baseball legend — famous for breaking baseball’s color barrier — was known for many things. His athletic abilities, courage in the face of racism and the dignity with which he went about it all remain the focal points. What is often ig...

Amir Hamja considers himself more of a photographer than a photojournalist. He trained himself by following other photog...
02/20/2019
A migrant photographer’s guide to survival from Bangladesh to New York City: “Do it yourself”

Amir Hamja considers himself more of a photographer than a photojournalist. He trained himself by following other photographers that he admired and attending workshops held by locals in different cities.

Long before he became an esteemed, internationally-recognized photographer — or even long before he owned a camera — Amir Hamja spent his college years in pharmacy school absorbing articles, books and tutorials of photography online.

Applications are now being accepted for this year's TMP Coaching & Leadership Fellowship Program Sept 30-Oct 4 at the Po...
02/18/2019

Applications are now being accepted for this year's TMP Coaching & Leadership Fellowship Program Sept 30-Oct 4 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. Participants will engage in small group, interactive sessions taught by experienced journalists and industry experts. Space this year is limited to 12-participants. Application deadline: May 1st. Share this link with your colleagues and friends and apply today! https://form.jotform.com/90304706346150

Great opportunity for journalists in Europe. Please share with your network.
02/18/2019
How to Apply - European Journalism Institutes (EJI)

Great opportunity for journalists in Europe. Please share with your network.

To apply to the European Journalism Institutes (EJI) in Prague, prospective participants must complete the online application.

We went to a Black Hebrew Israelite meeting in Harlem to find out what this controversial group is really up to. They be...
02/12/2019
My visit to a Black Hebrew Israelite meeting in Harlem

We went to a Black Hebrew Israelite meeting in Harlem to find out what this controversial group is really up to.

They believe only minority groups like African Americans and Mexicans are called to God. Some even believe a vengeful black Jesus will return to earth to kill or enslave all white people.

“Our people are lost because they have been lied to by the European people,” said the high priest.

Read more here:

There are faiths that people may be hesitant to understand. Some wouldn’t dare walk through the church doors because of the group’s radical theology. And the Black Hebrew Israelites are one of those faiths that many would pass by.

With #PresidentsDay coming up, we reflect on George Washington's faith and dedication to religious freedom. A member of ...
02/12/2019
George Washington’s forgotten legacy: Defense of religious minorities

With #PresidentsDay coming up, we reflect on George Washington's faith and dedication to religious freedom. A member of the Anglican church, Washington recognized America’s pluralism and the constitutional role of religion in public life via Clemente Lisi

What has largely been forgotten over the course of the last two centuries is George Washington’s faith and dedication to religious freedom. Although he was a member of the Anglican church, Washington recognized America’s pluralism and the constitutional role of religion in public life.

#Brazil’s Jair #BolsonaroPresidente — who has been dubbed by some political commentators as the “Trump of the Trop...
02/05/2019
'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro beholden to Catholic-Evangelical alliance to stay in power

#Brazil’s Jair #BolsonaroPresidente — who has been dubbed by some political commentators as the “Trump of the Tropics” — has already been dogged by controversy and scandal via Clemente Lisi

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro — who has been dubbed by some political commentators as the “Trump of the Tropics” — has been dogged by controversy and scandal. The result? That Christian coalition of supporters, a U.S.-style religious right, could very well abandon Bolsonaro if he ultimately fail...

The Roman Catholic Womenpriest (RCWP) movement began in 2002 in Germany and now has ordained 264 women.
02/04/2019
A look at the Roman Catholic 'Womenpriest' movement

The Roman Catholic Womenpriest (RCWP) movement began in 2002 in Germany and now has ordained 264 women.

The Roman Catholic Womenpriest (RCWP) movement began in 2002 when two Catholic male bishops ordained seven women. Those women, and the ones after, have continued to ordain women to the priesthood. There are currently 264 ordained women in the RCWP movement throughout the world.

There are currently 264 ordained women in the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement throughout the world. They have a sp...
02/03/2019
Roman Catholic Womenpriest

There are currently 264 ordained women in the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement throughout the world. They have a spiritual authority passed down from the 12 #apostles through successive popes and bishops.

The Roman Catholic Womenpriest (RCWP) movement began in 2002 when two Catholic male bishops ordained seven women. Those women, and the ones after, have continued to ordain women to the priesthood. There are currently 264 ordained women in the RCWP movement throughout the world.

In the new book "From Fire, by Water", Iranian-American Sohrab Ahmari writes about growing up in revolutionary Iran and ...
01/31/2019
An Apostate Iranian’s path to God

In the new book "From Fire, by Water", Iranian-American Sohrab Ahmari writes about growing up in revolutionary Iran and his journey from Marx to Jesus.

"From Fire, By Water shows us why the skeptical and infertile West has lacked resources to respond to an energetic and virile Islamist revival. Islamists gain steady streams of recruits by addressing an enormous human problem--spiritual, cultural, political, and ethical alienation. Western secularists respond to this culture of death with insipid promises of self-actualization..." - TMP contributor Dr. Robert Carle

A review of the book From Fire, By Water, which recounts Sohrab Ahmari’s spiritual journey from revolutionary Iran to membership in the Communist Party before he finds a spiritual home in the Roman Catholic church.

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