religion

Politics & Government
11:38 am
Thu December 18, 2014

A legal primer on religious displays at the Capitol

MSU Law professor Frank Ravitch
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A display at the state Capitol sponsored by a group called “The Satanic Temple” is raising eyebrows, even though it hasn’t been put up yet.

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Community
11:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bible with a beer chaser at The Loft

Noah Filipiak
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Beer, rock bands, and spoken word poetry probably aren’t the first things that pop into your mind when you think about church. But that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Upper Room, a new ministry from Crossroads Church. The project hopes to bring people into the church by getting them to the bar.

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Community
11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

East Lansing Episcopalians debate gun control resolution

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Some mid-Michigan members of the Episcopal Church are disagreeing with each other over a recent resolution on guns. At a late October convention in Lansing, The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan passed a resolution supporting stricter gun control. It includes calls for background checks on all gun sales and a ban on certain military style, semi-automatic weapons.

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Community
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

East Lansing priest considers Vatican stance on gay, divorced Catholics

Fr. Mark Inglot
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This past weekend, the Extraordinary Papal Synod on the Family convened to discuss issues regarding the Catholic Church’s gay and divorced members.

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Community
12:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Pew Crew helps furnish new chapel at Lansing Catholic HS

The Pew Crew works on pews for Lansing Catholic High School's new chapel.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Lansing Catholic High School is building a new chapel, and the project is getting an unusual boost from a team of volunteers. They call themselves the Pew Crew, and they're building all of the pews that will be installed in Lansing Catholic’s new chapel. These pews won’t cost the school a dime.

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Community
1:03 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

At divided Friendship Baptist Church, one congregation seeks to end other's right to convene

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A long-standing dispute within a Lansing church has captured public attention for several months. Friendship Baptist Church on Pleasant Grove Road is a house divided. Two congregations, each with its own pastor and governance boards, are asserting their claim to the building. But the doors to the church have been barred since June, and neither side has since held services there.

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Arts & Culture
1:14 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers

Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit.
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Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘Detroit Mass Mob’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse

Bishop Maxwell says the dispute is not a theological one, but rather an administrative disagreement.
Credit Nicole Strobel

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.

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Health
12:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Breaking the stigma: Training imams to identify mental illness

The Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Later this week in Dearborn, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and religious leaders from around the world will gather for the Sixth Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. According Dr. Farha Abbasi, 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.

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Education
11:35 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Behind the effort to create a new Lansing area high school

Organizers say many leaders of local Lutheran congregations think now is the time to try and get a new high school off the ground.
Credit Flickr - Jerzy Kociatkiewicz

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

The bells of St. Mary's ring out at centennial

St. Mary's Cathedral in Lansing was consecrated on December 8, 1913.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

This Sunday marks the second week of Advent, the start of the Christian church year and the prelude to Christmas.  It’s also the 100th anniversary of Lansing’s Roman Catholic cathedral, St. Mary’s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area

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In 2012, the Church of Greater Lansing conducted a community leadership survey to learn what local leaders feel are the Lansing area's biggest problems.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

National group promotes community of non-believers in Michigan

Members of the group, including our guest Jennifer Beahan, say the purpose of the campaign is to connect with what polls suggest is a growing number of Americans not affiliated with any religion.
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Driving around Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo or suburban Detroit you’re apt to see an interesting new billboard.  Alongside smiling, ethnically diverse faces, the boards read: “Millions of Americans are Living Happily Without Religion.”

 

These billboards and a related website are the work of the secularist organization The Center for Inquiry which is based in New York.  

Jennifer Beahan is the assistant director of the Center's Michigan chapter, and she joins us to discuss the campaign and her organization.

Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The challenge of Ramadan fasting inspires cookbook


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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history

The remaking of Jesus’ image at the crossroads of race and religion is what Edward Blum and Paul Harvey discuss in their book, “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”
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Originally aired on March 27, 2013.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Former priest makes case for ordination of women

Many wonder if Pope Francis will take a more liberal position on women seeking priesthood.
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For more than 40 years, Roy Bourgeois’ life has been devoted to an often controversial liberal activism. The former Catholic priest is the founder of the Schools of the Americas Watch and has spent eight years in prison for illegal protests.  Five years ago, the 74-year old was excommunicated for his support of the ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:33 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

A discussion about Islam and the West

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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 Islamophobia. 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Lansing celebrates Good Friday with Stations of the Cross reenactment

Arnold Hennig is the lead organizer of Cristo Rey Catholic Church's 34th annual Stations of the Cross reenactment. He is pictured on the steps of the State Capital, where the performance begins.
Credit Kevin Lavery

Tomorrow is Good Friday, the date two-thousand years ago on which Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death and crucified.  For more than 30 years, volunteers in Lansing have memorialized the events of that day with a live reenactment of the Passion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history

The remaking of Jesus’ image at the crossroads of race and religion is what Edward Blum and Paul Harvey discuss in their book, “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”
Credit By Joe Martinez via Flicker

 In the Book of Genesis it says “... God created human beings in his own image,” however according the book " The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America,"  we made his son in our image. Throughout the 20th century,  varied configurations of Jesus tell the history of race and religion in the United States.

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Religion
5:36 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

From Rome: Michigan priest describes wait for new pope

Newly elected Pope Francis, 76, is the first Latin American and Jesuit pope.
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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.

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  Pope Francis the First.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:34 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Lansing choir sings for papal conclave at the Vatican

St. Peter's Square, Vatican.
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Twenty-five members of the St. Mary’s Cathedral 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.  

Monsignour Steven Raica, Chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, and choir member Gratz discuss the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Friday Fish Fry: A Lenten Tradition

At St. Casimir, french fries are served next to the fried perch
Scott Pohl WKAR

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.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Barbara Bradley Hagerty Speaking In Mid-Michigan

NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Courtesy photo

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’s Melissa Benmark asked her about the response so far.

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