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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 29, 2014 — For centuries, Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds had coexisted in Mosul, but some fear ruptures there may be harbingers of the partition of Iraq. If that happens, Ahmed Ali may never see his farm again.
Jul 27, 2014 — Doing the wash can be a chore, but for the poor, the cost of laundry often means forgoing other essentials. Laundry Love aims to relieve the burden with fellowship, free soap and lots of quarters.
Jul 25, 2014 — In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.
Jul 24, 2014 — New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?
Jul 20, 2014 — It might sound crazy to run while fasting, but runners in five U.S. cities joined the Fasting 5K, held during Ramadan, to share their commitment to their faith.

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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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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 cascade of difficult news has had on priests and parishioners.  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 contraceptive coverage for employees. The Catholic leaders were more reluctant to speak about the growing child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the church in recent weeks. Karen Dewitt reports.  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" in Canton.  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

Women in Islam

Martha Foley talks with the Reverend Cynthia Walton on women in Islam.  Go to full article

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Todd Moe talks with North Country resident LeMoyne Robinson about this unique celebration of traditional African values of family, community and responsibility.  Go to full article

People: Rev Sunny Oey, Conversations Betwenn Muslims and Christians

Martha Foley talks to the Reverend Sunny Oey of Malone, an Anglican clergyman who was born in Indonesia and is going back to moderate conversations between Christians and...  Go to full article

Mixing Religion with Renewable Energy

President Bush is again promoting what many environmentalists view as an outdated energy plan, with an insufficient focus on renewable energy. Some may be surprised by who's...  Go to full article

Wiccan Anti-Globalization Activist Starhawk Cancels Visit After Border Crossing Incident

David Sommerstein talks with Wiccan author Starhawk. Earlier this week border security forced the Californian author and anti-globalization activist to cancel talks planned...  Go to full article

Talking About Islam: Forum Series Begins in Malone

A forum tonight in Malone begins a series of community converations on the world of Islam. Todd Moe talks with the Reverend Sunny Oey.  Go to full article

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