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The Islamic Center of East Lansing was one of several places across the country to receive a hate letter last week. They responded with a respectful reply. For Neighbors in Action, we speak to Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji and Farah Khalil of the Islamic Center to find out what opportunities they have to learn and to volunteer.


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Churches of all denominations are grappling with issues ranging from a loss of membership to LGBTQ inclusion. The United Methodist Church in Michigan has a new leader who’s trying to forge a way ahead for his congregation. We talk with Bishop David Bard about those challenges.


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On Sunday, a new church held its first public meeting in Lansing. The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason is an agnostic group of followers bound together by their common enjoyment of marijuana. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us inside.


MSU athlete shares faith and sports in South Africa

Dec 19, 2015
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State lacrosse player Helen Young never thought her life would be transformed by merging her sport with her faith. A recent trip to South Africa, through Athletes in Action, has opened Young's heart and mind to the power of sports and how she can practice her beliefs. Current Sports beat reporter Laurel Young chats with Helen to discuss the life-changing experience and how it continues to live with her back here on campus.

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Current State speaks with Islamic Center of East Lansing board member Dr. Farhan Bhatti and Dr. Farha Abbasi, a psychiatrist at MSU, about the misunderstandings surrounding Islam today.


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Simone Campbell isn’t one to sit in the back of the bus. In fact, the politically-minded Catholic nun is something of an American folk hero. As executive director of the social justice lobby NETWORK, Sister Simone and her fellow nuns criss-cross the country speaking out for health care reform, immigrants rights and wage equality. Current State speaks with Sister Simone about her work.


A group of MSU alumni spent a month this summer traveling the country in search of stories about death, religion, and the supernatural. Then, they turned those stories into the first season of "The Looncast." We talk with two of the creators of the new Detroit podcast about what they learned along the way.


Jesus is a prominent figure in the Quran, a fact that might come as a surprise to Christians. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Zeki Saritoprak, author of “Islam’s Jesus” prior to an appearance on Wednesday in East Lansing.


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Catholic churches have seen a decline in attendance, and a movement called Mass Mob wants to bring it back up. Mass Mob has made its way from New York to Detroit, and now to mid-Michigan. We speak with co-founder of the Detroit Mass Mob, Thom Mann, and Rudy Haapala, a parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church in Flint.


Current State talks with two people connected to Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that wants to get religious people involved in environmental stewardship.


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A Muslim faith leader from southeast Michigan has recently returned home from a long trip.  It was not the time-honored pilgrimage to Mecca, which all Muslims are encouraged to do at least once during their lifetimes. Instead, Jameel Syed toured America, visiting mosques in all 50 states.  

Syed is a muaddhin, which is a special position in the Islamic faith who calls the faithful to prayer several times each day and is affiliated with the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit in Rochester Hills. Current State's Kevin Lavery talked to Syed about the motivation behind the trip. 

A class in the Michigan State University School of Journalism has produced a collaborative book exploring the Lansing area’s many religious institutions. Over the span of just a few days, a team of students spent time at churches around mid-Michigan, talking with clergy and parishioners, and they’ve written about their experiences. It’s called “One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief”.

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Lansing area Muslims are being led by a new Imam. Sohail Chaudhry comes to the Islamic Center of East Lansing from West Virginia.

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The Reverend Michael Murphy is being laid to rest today. Murphy spent more than 20 years in Lansing as founder of St. Stephen’s Community Church. He also served as a Lansing city council member and state Representative. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Tabernacle of David Church in Lansing.

A legal primer on religious displays at the Capitol

Dec 18, 2014
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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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