religion http://wkar.org en Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers http://wkar.org/post/detroit-mass-mobs-look-fill-pews-coffers <p></p><p>Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘<a href="http://www.detroitmassmob.com/" target="_blank">Detroit Mass Mob</a>’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:14:28 +0000 Peter Whorf 56849 at http://wkar.org Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse http://wkar.org/post/mediator-lansing-church-dispute-impasse <p></p><p>The sign on the vacant church building on Pleasant Grove in south Lansing says “Friendship Baptist,” but in recent months relations between two groups within the congregation have been anything but friendly. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:33:20 +0000 Kevin Lavery 56729 at http://wkar.org Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse Breaking the stigma: Training imams to identify mental illness http://wkar.org/post/breaking-stigma-training-imams-identify-mental-illness <p></p><p></p><p>Later this week in Dearborn, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and religious leaders from around the world will gather for the <a href="http://psychiatry.msu.edu/_files/docs/save-the-date-MMH-conference-2014.pdf" target="_blank">Sixth Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference</a>. According <a href="http://psychiatry.msu.edu/staff/abbasi.html" target="_blank">Dr. Farha Abbasi</a>, an MSU assistant professor of psychiatry and a founder of the conference, this is one of the very few of its kind in the world, if not the only one. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:05:51 +0000 Joe Linstroth 52568 at http://wkar.org Breaking the stigma: Training imams to identify mental illness Behind the effort to create a new Lansing area high school http://wkar.org/post/behind-effort-create-new-lansing-area-high-school <p></p><p>The idea of starting a high school under any circumstances is a daunting one, to say the least. With schools struggling all across Michigan, the economy still on the rebound, and the constant political maneuvering in education policy, the task of creating a new high school in the Lansing area seems that much more difficult. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:35:18 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 52042 at http://wkar.org Behind the effort to create a new Lansing area high school The bells of St. Mary's ring out at centennial http://wkar.org/post/bells-st-marys-ring-out-centennial <p>This Sunday marks the second week of Advent, the start of the Christian church year and the prelude to Christmas.&nbsp; It’s also the 100th anniversary of Lansing’s Roman Catholic cathedral, <a href="http://www.stmarycathedrallansing.catholicweb.com/">St. Mary’s</a>. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:54:10 +0000 Current State 46304 at http://wkar.org The bells of St. Mary's ring out at centennial Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area http://wkar.org/post/church-survey-assesses-needs-tri-county-area <p>In 2012, the <a href="http://icogl.com/">Church of Greater Lansing</a> conducted a community leadership survey to learn what local leaders feel are the Lansing area's biggest problems. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:35:23 +0000 Current State 45236 at http://wkar.org Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area National group promotes community of non-believers in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/national-group-promotes-community-non-believers-michigan <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e09a-8165-256a-a5e45edd8a5a"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Driving around Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo or suburban Detroit you’re apt to see an interesting new billboard. &nbsp;Alongside smiling, ethnically diverse faces, the boards read: “<a href="http://www.livingwithoutreligion.org/">Millions of Americans are Living Happily Without Religion</a>.”</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e09a-8165-256a-a5e45edd8a5a"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">These billboards and a related website are the work of the secularist organization <a href="http://www.cfimichigan.org/">The Center for Inquiry</a> which is based in New York. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e09a-8165-256a-a5e45edd8a5a"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Jennifer Beahan is the assistant director of the Center's Michigan chapter, and she joins us to discuss the campaign and her organization.</span></span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:54:36 +0000 Current State 44131 at http://wkar.org National group promotes community of non-believers in Michigan The challenge of Ramadan fasting inspires cookbook http://wkar.org/post/challenge-ramadan-fasting-inspires-cookbook <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-05389eec-bf69-4646-506b-853e9e213a17"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This week is the official start of the Muslim holiday Ramadan. While part of the month-long celebration focuses on the reading of the Quran, it is also marked by fasting from sunup to sundown.</span></span> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Current State 38783 at http://wkar.org Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history http://wkar.org/post/book-explores-shifting-image-christ-throughout-us-history-0 <p></p><p><em>Originally aired on March 27, 2013. &nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:28:20 +0000 Current State 36132 at http://wkar.org Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history Former priest makes case for ordination of women http://wkar.org/post/former-priest-makes-case-ordination-women <p></p><p>For more than 40 years, <a href="http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=413">Roy Bourgeois</a>’ life has been devoted to an often controversial liberal activism. The former Catholic priest is the founder of the <a href="http://www.soaw.org/index.php">Schools of the Americas Watch</a> and has spent eight years in prison for illegal protests. &nbsp;Five years ago, the 74-year old was excommunicated for his support of the ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:55:15 +0000 Current State 34419 at http://wkar.org Former priest makes case for ordination of women A discussion about Islam and the West http://wkar.org/post/discussion-about-islam-and-west <p></p><p><br></p><div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s understatement to say that Islam is misunderstood in the West. While we see images of people in the Muslim world that often depict the religion as violent and backward -- images that fuel&nbsp;</span>Islamophobia<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But of course there’s more to Islam than stereotypes, as there are millions of Muslims we don’t see who are working to feed their families and to give themselves better lives.</span></p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 18:33:48 +0000 Current State 33849 at http://wkar.org A discussion about Islam and the West Lansing celebrates Good Friday with Stations of the Cross reenactment http://wkar.org/post/lansing-celebrates-good-friday-stations-cross-reenactment <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Cambria, serif; line-height: 17.5pt;">Tomorrow is Good Friday, the date two-thousand years ago on which Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death and crucified. &nbsp;For more than 30 years, volunteers in Lansing have memorialized the events of that day with a live reenactment of the Passion.</span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:17.5pt"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:13:00 +0000 Current State 33424 at http://wkar.org Lansing celebrates Good Friday with Stations of the Cross reenactment Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history http://wkar.org/post/book-explores-shifting-image-christ-throughout-us-history <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;In the Book of Genesis it says “... God created human beings in his own image,” however according the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://colorofchrist.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">book</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;" The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America,"&nbsp; we made his son in our image. Throughout the 20th century,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> varied configurations of Jesus tell the history of race and religion in the United States.</span></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:32:54 +0000 Current State 33356 at http://wkar.org Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history From Rome: Michigan priest describes wait for new pope http://wkar.org/post/rome-michigan-priest-describes-wait-new-pope <p> In a surprisingly short conclave, the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new pope yesterday. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, became the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be named pope.</p><p>Monsignor Jerry Vincke of the Lansing diocese is stationed at the North American College in Rome. He shares what the process has been like and introduces &nbsp;Pope Francis the First.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:36:42 +0000 Current State 32676 at http://wkar.org From Rome: Michigan priest describes wait for new pope Lansing choir sings for papal conclave at the Vatican http://wkar.org/post/lansing-choir-sings-papal-conclave-vatican <p></p><p></p><p>Twenty-five members of the <a href="http://stmarycathedrallansing.catholicweb.com/">St. Mary’s Cathedral</a> Choir of Lansing and several members of St. Mary’s and St. Stan’s in Jackson performed recently in Italy, including at a Vatican mass as the papal conclave was assembling. &nbsp;</p><p>Monsignour Steven Raica, Chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, and choir member Gratz discuss the once-in-a-lifetime experience.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:34:32 +0000 Current State 32491 at http://wkar.org Lansing choir sings for papal conclave at the Vatican Friday Fish Fry: A Lenten Tradition http://wkar.org/post/friday-fish-fry-lenten-tradition <p>During the season of Lent, selling fish is big business. It seems that every restaurant with a sign out front promotes fish meals on Fridays, when many Roman Catholics avoid eating meat. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 31923 at http://wkar.org Friday Fish Fry: A Lenten Tradition Barbara Bradley Hagerty Speaking In Mid-Michigan http://wkar.org/post/barbara-bradley-hagerty-speaking-mid-michigan <p>NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty will be in mid-Michigan next Wednesday to talk about the intersection of religion and science. She wrote a book on the subject recently, and WKAR&rsquo;s Melissa Benmark asked her about the response so far. Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 16743 at http://wkar.org Barbara Bradley Hagerty Speaking In Mid-Michigan