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Report: Religion at Heart of Illegal Ivory Trade
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Since the ban on international trade of ivory in 1989, the ivory black market has been on the rise, and a National Geographic investigation found that demand for religious art pieces carved out of the precious ...

Episcopal Priest Under Scrutiny for Nude Photos
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

How does the church recognize the beauty of art that depicts God's creation — the human form — without seeming to condone "a beauty exciting to lust"? In the middle ...

Middle East Riots Fueled by Competition Between Radicals, Moderates
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Anti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures between radical and more moderate Islamists that are vying for power as their societies undergo ...

Sudanese Peace Activist Beaten in South Sudan
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, activist rapper Emmanuel Jal was beaten by polic in Juba, South Sudan, while promoting his International Peace Day Concert. Emmanuel Jal—South Sudanese pop music ...

Why I’m Taking my Hunger Strike from Bogota to Detroit
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Colombian Chevy-plant worker explains his faith-based reasons for standing up for himself and other workers fired after sustaining on-the-job injuries. In Colombia, where I live, ...

Blindfolded Judges
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

“comforters” saying “when the land falls into the hand of the wicked He (God) blindfolds its judges” (9:24 ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

A Conversion of Connections in the Global Village
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

As an expression of faith, and in response to the gracious love of God and call to follow Jesus, the time has come to function in ways that restore the global village into that which God is calling it to be. W ...

U.S. Muslims and Coptic Christians Petition Egypt Not to Include Shariah
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are calling on the Egyptian government to exclude any mentions of Islamic law or language that discriminates against minorities in its draft constitution. ...

Achieving an AIDS-free Generation by Healing the International Village
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The International AIDS Conference left me more convinced that if we start seeing this virus through the same lens as God, the acronym HIV takes on another meaning of Healing the International Village. ...

Politics, Gaffes, and Truth
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

One wonders if we have received a rare gift of unaltered reality in this period of deepening crisis in the Holy Land and overheated atmosphere in the American presidential campaign. ...

God Loves Losers: Reflections on the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

I’m usually a fan of the underdog, and I’m not exactly a sports fanatic, but something about the national zeal, combined with the athletic excellence, brings it out in me. I’m an ...

Interfaith Prayer Room Welcomes Worshippers at AIDS 2012
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s a rare place of worship where Muslims and Baha’is both congregate, and where prayer rugs share space with a silver cross, religious pamphlets on healing in Hebrew, and a bright scarlet AIDS bow. ...

The HIV Minister (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Andrena Ingram is currently the only known Lutheran ordained pastor living openly with HIV. Her husband's death from an AIDS-related illness, and the shame that he felt, inspired the pastor to be open about her own diagnosis with HIV. She ...

David, Bathsheba, and the AIDS Pandemic: A Video Scriptural Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

In the video below, Eric Barreto, an assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn., explains how the story of David and Bathsheba relates to our modern-day struggle to end the oppression of women through sexual violence an ...

David, Bathsheba, Grace, and AIDS
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Like the story of David and Bathsheba, death and love too often are linked in the stories of women living with HIV and AIDS in Africa. If we want to see this pandemic end, women must be given space to have pow ...

ONE and Funny or Die Team to Fight AIDS
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In their latest promotional message, they enlist help from the folks at Funny or Die, along with bigger names like Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, and Tracy Morgan. In a video that seems like a sketch stra ...

Daily Peacemaking: an Interview with the Indigenous Peacemakers of Cauca (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Activists from Colombia’s indigenous Nasa people continue to make headlines — but there’s far more to their peacemaking than the occasional story that makes the U.S. news. Here’s part II of the interview I di ...

‘We Believe in Our Communites’: an Interview with the Indigenous Peacemakers of Cauca, Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Last summer, in Cauca with Witness for Peace, I was able to interview two of those activists, members of the Indigenous Guard formed by the Nasa ethnic group. The Indigenous Guard , armed only with beribboned ...

Ramadan Fast Poses Challenge for Muslim Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

This year, more than 3,000 Muslim athletes will compete in the Olympics, but many will not fast, a decision that has been sanctioned by religious authorities. While Muslims are increasingly common on Western t ...

Atheists Rally for Persecuted Unbeliever in Indonesia
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The atheist community has embraced the cause of an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, who was beaten and jailed after denying God’s existence on Facebook and posting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. ...

'God Particle' Discovery Ignites Debate Over Science and Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The July 4 discovery that marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge also reignited debate over the universe’s origins — and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands. ...

Melinda Gates: 'I'm a Catholic, But Women Need Access to Contraceptives'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: Melinda Gates talks to the Guardian (UK) newspaper about reconciling her Catholic faith  — the wife of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates says she attends mass regularly — with her work promoting family planning. Gates was i ...

God Particles (or Everything You Wanted to Know About Higgs-Boson But Were Afraid to Ask)
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Physicists answer the question "What is the Higgs-Boson?" In 1964, the British physicist Peter Higgs wrote a landmark paper hypothesizing why elementary particles have m ...

Medjugorje Visionary: Virgin Mary Has Her Eye on the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

STERRETT, Ala. — Marija Lunetti, one of six young peasants who claimed that the Virgin Mary began appearing to them in 1981 in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, says the mother of Jesus is aware of the economic crisis ...

As the World Bank Turns
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis The Bank's new head has community-level anti-poverty expertise—and many challenges to face. ...

From the Archives: July-August 1996
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos A Latino Pilgrimage “This year we’re going to march together into the Promised Land, ...

Fighting the Real Enemy: Fear
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!" Siham Abu ...

World Refugee Day 2012: Redefine Who Deserves Refugee Protection from Christian Communities
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Who is a refugee in our world today? How does one receive “refugee protection” and is this determination fair and just? On World Refugee Day 2012, June 20, we remember those who have fled persecution because o ...

Coptic Christian Ex-patriots Keep Wary Eye on Egyptian Elections
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The fate of Copts looks as tenuous as ever as Egyptians struggle to determine who won this weekend's first-ever democratic presidential elections. Abdel was born into a Musli ...

Entrepreneur Sees Hope for Clean Water on Wal-Mart Shelves
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

If every American spent $10 per year on his Humankind Water — less than they spend on Halloween candy — it would be enough to nearly eradicate the world's water sanitation problems, a youth minister says. ...

Missionary Mom Returns Home With Unexpected ‘Gift’
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

When Becky Morlock was asked to adopt a son from India, she said a prayer. Then she hired a lawyer. When Becky Morlock was asked to adopt a son from India, she said a prayer. Then ...

Deadly Earthquake Hits Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

As many as 100 people are feared dead in an earthquake and landslide that buried more than 20 houses in northern Afghanistan. From The Associated Press : "As many ...

Episcopal Bishops Ask Obama for Continued Aid to Middle East Hospital
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

nearly $1 million of the hospital’s annual $2.4 million operating budget. Under U.N. policies, ...

Trade Agreements vs. Democracy
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Conrado Olivera and Jed Koball Lawsuits help corporations run roughshod over governments and the environment. ...

Stunned and Hopeful
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians ...

Top U.S. official: progress being made in hunt for Joseph Kony
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Coons "encouraged" by U.S. investments in Uganda. Julian Pecquet  reports for  The Hill : Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said he was “encouraged” by the prog ...

'A World Journey' Documents the Richness and Beauty of People Around the Globe
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In a new photo series called “A World Journey,” photographer Jim Stipe documents the people that have made an impact on his travels. Particularly in low income countries, Jim exposes the faces and lives that h ...

Much to Be Done at This Year's G8 Summit
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

JAY NEWTON-SMALL For  Time Magazine ,  Jay Newton-Small  reports on the upcoming G8 summit: Not since the oil shocks that first brought the world’s superpowers togeth ...

China's problems stem from its poor human rights record
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

For The Atlantic, scholar Michael Fullilove on China's poor human rights record and why it matters. For  The Atlantic , scholar  Michael Fullilove  on China's po ...

In Mali, Junta Claims Victory Over 'Counter-Coup'
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

From  Agence France-Presse  late last night: The soldiers who staged a coup in Mali in March said they had defeated a counter-coup by foreign-backed forces loyal to the ousted president in fighting that left 14 people dead.  They called th ...

World Malaria Day Concert for Sierra Leone
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

But the main thrust for engaging the fight against malaria is that it is a preventable disease. When I moved to DC, I –like perhaps most other 20-somethings—imagined this place as ...

Driving Toward Cuba's Future
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson A U.S. church delegation this winter discovered a Cuba at the crossroads of change. T ...

After Pope’s Trip, Catholic Bishops Seek End to Cuba Embargo
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Following Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Cuba, U.S. Catholic bishops are pushing the State Department to lift the 50-year Cuban embargo in order to improve religious liberty and human rights for the C ...

Vatican Orders Crackdown on American Nuns
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America's 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion ...

Religious Belief Highest in Developing and Catholic Countries
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, according to a new poll, but the truest of the true believers can still be found in developing countries and Catholic societies. ...

Mission Not Accomplished
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Whatever President Obama does at the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia this weekend may not be front-page news in the U.S—but for many Colombians trying to make an honest living in their h ...

No Joke: The Beginning of the End of AIDS by 2015
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Our friends at the ONE Campaign took traditional April 1 tomfoolery and turned it on its head with the new video "I Predict," that uses humor to drive home a stone-cold sober reality: Within three ye ...

Pope Meets with Fidel Castro, Urges More Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI ended his three-day visit to Cuba on Wednesday (March 28) with an appeal for more religious freedom for the Catholic Church, ahead of a highly anticipated meeting with the island's histo ...

Soul-Searching for Colombia
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It's ripped from the headlines: A young person is killed, but the police seem to be casting aspersions on the victim. It outrages us when it happens in Florida, and it should outrage us just as much when ...