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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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Apr 25, 2014 — Americans don't eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise for refugees and immigrants, with hopes to mainstream it.
Apr 24, 2014 — Word about what the pope reportedly said when he called a woman in Argentina set off speculation that he wants to reverse church teachings. His spokesman says that's reading too much into the story.
Apr 24, 2014 — From adultery to envy, is social media making it harder to honor the Ten Commandments? Paul Edwards of The Deseret News talks about its series on how the Commandments fit into American life today.
Apr 23, 2014 — Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.
Apr 22, 2014 — A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.

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The Garrys in Mzuzu
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.

UpNorth Concert Hall: Sacred Music

Meet the Masters of North Country Folklife:
Veronica Terrillion: Sculptor of Religious Art
Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

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 earlier this fall at the Ecumenical Choir Festival 2002. Proceeds will benefit people in need. Todd Moe talks with Ted Tate about "Ministries in the North Country", or MINC, one of the groups behind the idea for Rejoice.

You can order Rejoice from Jan Fife, 505 Anthony St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Cost per copy is $15--half the proceeds support MINC, half the church of your choice.  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 families asking for assistance during the holidays is up, while donations are down. In Ogdensburg, money and volunteers are also scarce. Captain Charles Whitacre attributes poor economic conditions with the decrease in offerings.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Catholic Archdiocese Recalls Two Priests from Peru

After 40 years of missionary work in Peru, priests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg are being asked to return home because of the continuing shortage of priests. Jody tosti reports.  Go to full article

Presbytery of Northern New York Sends Anti-War Resolution to Congress

The Presbytery of Northern New York has sent a resolution to local Congressional representatives urging the government not to take unilateral action against Iraq. Martha...  Go to full article

Redefining Leadership in the 21st Century

Martha Foley talks with Mark Moreau, founder of the Center for Real Leadership, about redefining leadership. How can truth, justice and compassion be brought back into our...  Go to full article

Interfaith Understanding

The Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor is hosting two women from Jordan this week. Their visit to the North Country is part of the National Interfaith Listening Project,...  Go to full article

Potsdam Muslim Leader Reflects on 9/11 Aftermath

Martha Foley talks with a spokesman for the local Muslim community in Potsdam. Thoughts from Abul Khondker one year after the terrorist attacks.  Go to full article

New Chapel For State Prison, Built by State Prison Inmates

A crew of state prison inmates in Ray Brook has spent the summer building a new chapel. The men doing the work come from all the prison's religious groups. Jews and...  Go to full article

Special Report: Roman Catholic Priest Shortage Reshapes North Country Life

The Roman Catholic Church has been a powerful force in the North Country since the region was settled by whites hundreds of years ago. But the once-firm fabric of community...  Go to full article
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Spreading a Legacy of Harmony

This week the Tree of Peace Learning Center in Rossie in western St. Lawrence County hosts an annual workshop series called the Sacred Circle. It brings together people to...  Go to full article

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