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Sexual Misconduct Investigations
3:26 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Seattle Archdiocese Releases Name Of Priest Who Kept Preaching Despite Suspension

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle P.I. reporter Joel Connelly about Father Harry Quigg, a priest who kept ministering despite being suspended for sexual misconduct in 2004. The Seattle Archdiocese announced earlier this week that Quigg had an on-going relationship with a 17-year-old.

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Philosophical Memoir
11:06 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich Talks 'Living With A Wild God'

Credit Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Living With a Wild God."

Barbara Ehrenreich is a journalist and activist known for her wry, acerbic, probing and prolific writings. She writes essays and articles related to social injustice and books on subjects she says don’t make money but fascinate her.

In 2001, Ehrenreich was undergoing breast cancer treatment and putting her papers in order simultaneously. She calls the timing “viciously appropriate.”

Among the many boxes from a lifetime of writing she re-discovered a journal she’d kept as an adolescent. Moved by the questions she found there — "Why are we here? What’s going on in the universe? What is all this about?" — she promised to try to better understand her youthful experience if she recovered.

The result is her latest book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything." She calls it a “sort of philosophical memoir, or a metaphysical thriller.”

Ehrenreich spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman at Town Hall Seattle on April 21.

Church And State
3:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

If You Want To Pray Before Government Meeting, Supreme Court Says That's OK

U.S. Supreme Court
Flickr Photo/Wally Gobetz

Marcie Sillman talks with Dahlia Lithwick, Slate law writer, about the Supreme Court's ruling Monday that allows for prayers before local council meetings. She also speaks with Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke, who implemented prayer in his own meetings.

Accidental Jihad
3:54 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Navigating Love, Marriage, And Two Different Cultures

Credit Krista Bremer's memoir, "My Accidental Jihad."

Marcie Sillman talks with author Krista Bremer about her memoir, "My Accidental Jihad." In it Bremer reflects on her marriage to a Libyan-born Muslim and the challenges she faced in a multicultural family.

Religion & Belief
3:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

How To Successfully Conduct Interfaith Dialogue

The Interfaith Amigos: Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon.
Credit Flickr Photo/University of Denver (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Imam Jamal Rahman about how to engage in a successful interfaith dialogue.

Recipes
9:18 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Some Appetizing Nibbles For Pre-Seder Snacking

A spread of Passover snacks
Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 11:38 am

The Passover Seder is usually described as a ceremonial meal: Participants sit down to a set of ritualized foods and tell the story of the exodus from Egypt. But more than just tell it, Jews are bidden to relive it. We engage in ritual and discussion and debate, until each of us feels that we've made a journey ourselves. It's a singular, time-stopping evening. But it can take a very long time.

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Santa Muerte
5:56 am
Wed March 19, 2014

'Saint Death' Now Revered On Both Sides Of U.S.-Mexico Frontier

Claudia Rosales kneels in front of her home altar devoted to Santa Muerte, or Saint Death. Rosales put up a statue of the saint in the city that was taken down by the mayor of Matamoros.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 2:40 pm

The intrepid tourist who visits the market in the border city of Matamoros will find her between the onyx chess sets and Yucateca hammocks. She looks like a statue of the Grim Reaper dressed in a flowing gown. She is Santa Muerte, or Saint Death.

Originally revered as an underground folk saint in Mexico, her popularity has jumped the Rio Grande and spread to Mexican communities throughout the United States.

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Ultra-Orthodox Judaism
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

'Cut Me Loose': After Exile, A Young Woman's Journey In 'Sin'

Leah Vincent is a board member of Footsteps and co-producer of the It Gets Besser project, both of which help support people who have decided to leave ultra-Orthodoxy.
Ned & Aya Rosen Leah Vincent

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 10:44 am

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, in Pittsburgh.

"Yeshivish Judaism life is defined by religious law," Vincent tells NPR's Arun Rath. "We keep extra-strict laws of kosher, observe the Sabbath every week, maintain a separation of the sexes and a degree of isolation from the outside world."

When she was 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend. Contact with men is forbidden in her sect, and she was cast out from her community.

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Spirituality
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Three Interfaith Amigos On Religion And Sports

Flickr Photo/Jeff Nickel (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman of the Three Interfaith Amigos about spirituality and sports.

Film Industry
3:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Let There Be Movies: Hollywood Embraces The Bible

Flickr Photo/GeoWombats

Ross Reynolds talks with film expert Robert Thompson about why 2014 has been dubbed the "Year of the Bible" in the movie industry.

Religious Employers
9:31 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Backs Discrimination Claim Against Catholic Hospital

Flickr Photo/SalFalko

Religious institutions in Washington have previously been exempt from discrimination rules but that could be changing. The Washington Supreme Court said in decisions Thursday that some employees whose duties are non-religious can bring discrimination claims against these nonprofits.

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Religion
8:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington Legislature

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:13 am

Christian Scientists who treat their sick children with faith healing, instead of medical care, have special protection under Washington law. But that could soon change.

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Music
7:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Seattle's Rafe Pearlman Finds New Music In Old World Traditions

Singer-songwriter Rafe Pearlman brings a new audience to ancient spiritual traditions.
Credit Courtesy of Rafe Pearlman

Rafe Pearlman came into his music career 20 years ago, right when grunge was capturing the world's attention. He didn’t have a meteoric rise to the top, but the singer-songwriter is still moving forward, selling out local shows where he mixes rock music with the chanting of many faiths.

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Hospital Mergers
9:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

PacMed To Partner With Providence Health, But Will Stay Secular

Pacific Medical Centers and Providence Health and Services have proposed a plan that would allow PacMed to stay secular.
Flickr Photo/Henry Alva

Pacific Medical Centers said Monday it plans to team with Providence Health and Services, the latest example of health care providers aligning with religious organizations.

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Faith And Love
3:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gay Former Nun Reflects On Homosexuality And The Church

Taken inside Eastside Catholic High School.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

Mary Dispenza came out of the closet more than 20 years ago. At the time, the former nun was directing pastoral nun services at the Seattle Archdiocese. Once Mary came out as gay, the church wouldn’t let her keep her position for long. Dispenza said that watching the gay vice principal of Eastside Catholic High School has been painful, and, after 20 years, a little too close to home for comfort.

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