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“Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, is being marketed as a kind of action-disaster movie — think “Gladiator” meets “Armageddon.” And on its face, the Great Flood story from the book of Genesis seems like a...
Do you wear something – anything – that indicates a religious inclination? Does it bother you if someone else does? Is that something government can regulate? These questions are the subject of intense debate in Quebec and (to a lesser...
Happy Friday! It seems to be sunny today, at least in Canton, and it looks like we may at least see sun for the next couple days to come. So hooray! Lots in the news today: I blogged earlier this week about Canton and Potsdam’s tentative...
Here’s one about potential traps strewn across unfamiliar cultural landscapes. As recounted by the National Post, a French author and a French publishing house with a popular series of  children’s books set in Quebec got it...
The conclave has begun. Any day now there will be a new Pope. There’s been vigorous speculation about who it might be. According to numerous media reports in Canada, Cardinal Marc Ouellet is in the running. And he has a chance,...


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Aug 27, 2014 — Across the U.S., women work the kitchens of temples, mosques and Sikh gurudwaras, putting on both simple meals and complex feasts. They see their work as serving God by serving others.
Aug 27, 2014 — Villagers in Al-Qoush opened homes and schools to Iraqis fleeing the advance of the Islamic State. But that was June. Now it's a ghost town, as silent as its 6th-century monastery.
Aug 24, 2014 — Locals in Lancaster County, Pa. — where the Amish community plays a big part in agriculture and tourism — are speaking out against reality TV shows like Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia.
Aug 24, 2014 — As things calm down after dramatic weeks in Ferguson, Mo., Rev. Carlton Lee will address his congregation in St. Louis. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about how the city can begin to heal.
Aug 23, 2014 — Tess Vigeland speaks with John Allen, associate editor with The Boston Globe, about Pope Francis' recent comments that appear to support the use of force against the the Islamic State.

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Rev. Fred Garry of Watertown and his family travel to Malawi on a Lily Foundation sabbatical grant.
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Inside the Amish schools
They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam, has been visiting Amish schools; she talks with Gregory Warner .
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
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Mandala Dismantling Ceremony: All Things Transitory
Visitors to St. Lawrence University's Brush Art Gallery have had an opportunity for quiet reflection while viewing a sand mandala constructed by Tenzin Yignyen, a Tibetan Buddhist monk. But, like life, it isn't permanent.Tenzin returns to lead a dismantling ceremony..
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Celebrating Buddha's Birthday
Roko Sherry Chayat, Abbot of the Zen Center of Syracuse, came to Canton to lead a celebration of the Buddha's birth.

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University Chapel to Perform Same-Sex Ceremonies

It took three years for approval, but the Gunnison Memorial Chapel at St. Lawrence University can now perform same-sex union ceremonies. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Creating Safe Places for Domestic Violence Victims

A North Country intervention group is working with local faith-based organizations to help train clergy in the dynamics of domestic violence. The objective of the daylong seminar this May in Lake Placid is to help clergy create a place where victims feel safe enough to talk about being abused.
Jan Demers has first-hand experience in the positive effects of talking about domestic violence intervention programs. She's eager to show how clergy and their congregations can help stop the cycle of domestic violence. She spoke with Jody Tosti.  Go to full article
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Being Peace in a Time of War: A Conversation about Buddhism and Turmoil

Martha Foley talks with Roko ni-Osho Sherry Chayat, Abbot of Hoenji, the Zen Center of Syracuse. It's one of the oldest Zen Buddhist centers in the United States. Roko Sherry Chayat will present an introduction to Zen Buddhist meditation and give a talk tonight at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

Churchgoers Seek Peace of Mind During War

As Fort Drum buzzes with deployment activity, area churches are busy helping people cope during times of war. The First Baptist Church in Black River is just a few minutes...  Go to full article

Preview: Pianist Christopher Dellen Performs Saturday Night in Malone

The Foothills Art Society presents a concert by pianist Christopher Dellen Saturday night at 6:30 at First Congregational Church of Malone. Todd Moe talks with Dellen about...  Go to full article

Diocese of Ogdensburg Settles Priest Abuse Case

The Diocese of Ogdensburg will pay a total of 180 thousand dollars to four women, who accused a Roman Catholic Priest of sexually abusing them as children. The settlement...  Go to full article
Rohan Roy takes his message to the streets in Plattsburgh.

In A Time Of War, Voices For Peace

The U.S. Military continues to prepare for war in Iraq, sending thousands of troops to bases in the Persian Gulf. The Bush Administration says war isn't certain, but many...  Go to full article

Catholics Sue to Block New Women's Health Care Law

The Catholic Church is seeking a legal injunction against a women's health care law that takes effect on January 1st. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Music With a Mission

A group of church musicians has released a CD of Christmas carols, to share a love of music and as a fundraiser. Rejoice contains music for the season, recorded...  Go to full article

Salvation Army: Volunteers and Donations Down This Holiday Season

North Country officers of the Salvation Army say donations and the number of volunteers are lagging this season, more so than in recent times. In Watertown, the number of...  Go to full article

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