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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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Jul 11, 2014 — T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.
Jul 10, 2014 — The latest revelation from Edward Snowden's NSA trove is a story that appeared in the online publication The Intercept. Five prominent American citizens say they were spied on because they're Muslims.
Jul 9, 2014 — The men quoted in the story by reporters Glenn Greenwald and Murtuza Hussain say they were targeted because they were Muslims. But it is unclear why they were targeted.
Jul 8, 2014 — Christian businessmen and women react to the Supreme Court's recent decision on contraception coverage, exploring the role of religion in business life from an evangelical point of view.
Jul 7, 2014 — In his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis asked forgiveness on behalf of the church.

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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

What's Shavuot?

David Sommerstein talks with Matt Wexler of the Potsdam Jewish synagogue and Shmuel Gurvitz, an Israeli visiting Clarkson University, about the little known Jewish holiday, Shavuot. Shavuot begins at sundown tonight.  Go to full article

New Plans For Wadhams Hall

The Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg has new plans for its seminary-college on Route 37 in Ogdensburg. Starting this summer, Wadhams Hall will host retreats and conferences for people both inside and outside the Church. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Sackets Harbor Church Hosts Interchurch Families Symposium

Todd Moe talks with Rev. Cynthia Walton: previewing a Sackets Harbor symposium this Sunday night on interchurch families.  Go to full article

Baptist Minister Steps Down After Naming "Satanic" Businesses

A Baptist minister in Tupper Lake has resigned after distributing a list of local businesses and organizations that he described as "satanic". The list of names included the...  Go to full article

New York Senate Cracks Down on Sexual Abuse in the Church

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would require priests and other clergy to report evidence of child sexual abuse. It was passed in response to the growing...  Go to full article

Former North Country Priest Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

A Catholic priest that served in small towns across the North Country has been accused of sexually abusing children. A lawsuit filed by two women in Syracuse hopes to win a...  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Bishop Responds to Sexual Abuse Scandal in Church

David Sommerstein talks with Gerald Barbarito, bishop of Ogdensburg, about how the local diocese responds to allegations of sexual abuse by its priests and what impact the...  Go to full article

Cardinal Egan Lobbies Against Contraceptive Coverage Measure

The state's Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Edward Egan came to Albany to lobby against a Senate bill that would require some Catholic run schools and hospitals to pay for...  Go to full article

Feminism and Religion

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University professors Kelley Raab and Kathryn Poethig about this week's Mackay lecture series--"Women, God, Power: Crossing Boundaries"...  Go to full article

Wadhams Hall Seminary College to Close

Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg will close in May, the victim of a long decline in enrollment, and lack of prospects for the future. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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