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RadioActive Youth Media
11:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Creative Or Analytical? Ask A Wiccan!

Meghan and Noah have a laugh over tea while recording this podcast.
Lila Kitaeff KUOW

Meghan O'Kelley and Noah Phillips Reardon attend a Wiccan gathering at Edge of the Circle Bookstore on Capital Hill. Listen as they discover and share the ancient secrets of palm reading.

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Faith
6:54 am
Mon July 21, 2014

The Fasting 5K: No Food, No Water, No Problem For Muslim Runners

Runners form a human bridge at the finish line to cheer fellow racers. Participants completed a 3-mile loop around the National Mall — without food or water since sunrise.
Rund Abdelfatah NPR

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:53 am

With the sun lingering on the horizon and the Capitol in the distance, runner after runner completed a 3-mile loop around the National Mall and was met with cheers and high-fives. Standing in two parallel lines with hands outstretched, the crowd of mostly 20-somethings formed a celebratory human bridge for their fellow runners to pass under as they crossed the finish line.

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Sex Abuse Scandal
1:01 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles

Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on Sunday. Francis reportedly told an Italian newspaper that statistically, about 2 percent of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles.
Tony Gentile Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 6:09 am

Calling the church sex abuse scandal a "leprosy in our house," Pope Francis tells an Italian newspaper that 1 in 50 Catholic clerics are pedophiles.

In an interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the 90-year-old founder of La Repubblica, Francis is quoted as saying that advisers in the Church "reassure me" that the problem amounts to "about 2 percent."

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Politics & Religion
2:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Changing Relationship Between Israel And American Jewry

Marcie Sillman talks with journalist Lesley Hazleton about the disparate ways young and old Jews regard the actions of Israel, and what this means for their future.

Religion
3:26 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Is Mars Hill Church Shrinking?

David Hyde talks with Warren Throckmorten, writer for the religion news site Patheos, about Seattle-based Mars Hill Church's recent layoffs and increased drives for donations.

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Author Interview
3:26 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Story Of Joseph Smith: Founder Of The Mormon Church

David Hyde talks to Alex Beam about his new book "American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and The Fate of The Modern Church."

Excommunication Controversy
3:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Local Mormon Woman On Ordination: 'I Have Always Felt Very Empowered' In The Church

David Hyde talks with Carolyn Sudds, a Seattle Mormon critical of the organization Ordain Women. The group is advocating for women to be allowed access to the Mormon priesthood. Last week, Hyde interviewed Ordain Women member Natalie Kelly about the excommunication of the movement's founder.

Islam
10:01 am
Mon June 30, 2014

What's A Caliphate?

An Iraqi Turkmen fighter looks at an icon of seventh century Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, Islam's fourth caliph and cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, in Taza Khormato, Iraq, earlier this month.
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:32 am

The Islamic caliphates had a long and glorious run, but in the 21st century, they seemed consigned to history. Simply put, a caliphate is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader, and it has existed in one form or another for most of the 1,400-year history of Islam.

The collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago marked the end of the last caliphate, an extraordinarily powerful one that had survived for more than four centuries.

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Religion
3:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Women's Advocate Says Excommunication Will Haunt The Mormon Church

Seattle's Mormon Temple, used for rituals and weddings. Mormons attend church in wards on Sundays.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tyler Foote (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Earlier this week Kate Kelly, the founder of a group advocating for women to be ordained into the Mormon priesthood, was excommunicated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for apostasy.

“For Mormons it’s really the equivalent of spiritual death,” said Natalie Kelly, a Seattle-based member of that group, Ordain Women. She is not related to Kate Kelly.

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Church Scandal
2:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Congregation Of Christian Brothers Crumbling Under Sex Abuse Settlements

Marcie Sillman talks with Jason Berry, author of "Lead Us Not Into Temptation" and contributor to the National Catholic Reporter, about the long history of sex abuse in the Catholic church and one organization that is crumbling in the wake of sex abuse settlements.

Faith And Love
4:24 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Methodists Reinstate Minister Who Officiated At Son's Gay Marriage

United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer (right) hugs the Rev. David Wesley Brown after a news conference Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Pa. Schaefer was reinstated by the church after being defrocked for presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 5:24 pm

A Methodist minister in Pennsylvania, who was defrocked last year for presiding over his son's same-sex wedding, has been reinstated by the church.

A nine-person appeals panel of the United Methodist Church ordered Frank Schaefer's pastoral credentials restored, saying "the jury that convicted him last year erred when fashioning his punishment," according to The Associated Press.

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Wiccan Tradition
3:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

A Pagan Primer On The Evolution Of Solstice Celebrations

Seattleites find a number of ways to celebrate the summer solstice, including dancing at Gas Works Park. One church used to stage sword fights, but has since changed traditions.
Flickr Photo/Gary VanDerBerg (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Reverend Belladonna Laveau of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church about the pagan history behind the summer solstice and how modern Wiccans celebrate the longest day of the year.

Author Interview
3:15 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Can Comedy Wake Up Your Soul?

Credit Iman Jamal Rahman's book "The Laughter of the Sufis."

Marcie Sillman talks to Imam Jamal Rahman, one of the three Interfaith Amigos, about his new book "Sacred Laughter Of The Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom."

Student Reaction
10:52 am
Fri June 6, 2014

SPU Student President: 'Truth Is Confusing, And Frustrating And Angry'

Seattle Pacific University students gather in the "Tiffany Loop" on campus Friday to pray for each other in the wake of the shooting Thursday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Lisa Brooks talks with Seattle Pacific University Associated Students President Isaac Gundersen about faith and the aftermath of Thursday's campus shooting.

Cage Fighting Ministers
10:43 am
Fri May 16, 2014

'I Can Love My Neighbor And Punch Him In The Face'

Preston "Pastor of Disaster" Hocker, KUOW's Ross Reynolds and Bryan Storkel, co-director of the documentary "Fight Church" in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Ross Reynolds interviews Bryan Storkel, the co-director of a new documentary called "Fight Church" about cage fighting Christian ministers, and Preston Hocker, one of those ministers who is known as the "Pastor of Disaster." 

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