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Faith & Spirituality

Who Are The Rastafari?

June 29, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

We will be providing discussion and insight into the very small religion of the Rastafari. Who are the most vital historic figures? What tenets does it prescribe to? And how do they respond to the public view of the Rastafari?

What Is Scientology?

June 7, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

We will be providing a forum to discuss one of the most controversial religious traditions of modern American times- Scientology.

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Catholic Church Goes Green To Counter Global Warming

May 10, 2011
By Peggy Pico

Pope Benedict XVI issues a “call to action” to deal with climate change.

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San Diego Catholics Protest For Women's Equality In The Church

April 15, 2011
By Susan Murphy

A group of San Diego Roman Catholics is calling for the equality of women in the church. It's part of a nationwide effort to let women be priests.

What Fuels Atheism in America?

April 12, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Atheism, although having a more subtle impact throughout American history, has never been in the forefront of societal discussion. This recently growing popularity of Atheism, or "unbelief," has helped push this quiet minority into greater popularity. We will be providing a spotlight for this movement and show its true nature in the U.S.

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What Will Be The Ramifications Of The Dalai Lama's Political Resignation?

March 30, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Known in religious communities as "His Holiness," The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has decided to resign his position as political leader of Tibet. What will the ramifications be for the global Buddhist community and Tibetan people who currently reside in Dharamsala, India? And how will this impact the relations between the Chinese government and Tibet?

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Does It Pay To Believe?

March 9, 2011
By Tom Fudge

Religion is a staple of human society but that might be unfortunate. More than a thousand people showed up at UCSD this week to hear a debate on whether religion is a good or a bad influence on us.

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Why Did Supreme Court Rule In Favor Of Church’s Right To Protest?

March 3, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Westboro Baptist Church has angered many by protesting at military funerals and other events. The church protesters often hold signs with anti-gay messages and say things like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Despite the church's offensive messages, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects their right to protest, and use signs containing what many consider hurtful speech. KPBS Guest Military Blogger Beth Ford Roth joins us to explain the Supreme Court's ruling.

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Local Atheist Groups Wish For Critical Look At Religion During Holidays

Dec. 23, 2010
By Ruxandra Guidi

The holidays are a time of religiosity, and the San Diego atheist community would like to change that now, and in the new year.

Guns Exchanged For Food Cards

Dec. 20, 2010
Rebecca Romani

The third-annual exchange of guns for food gift cards was a success at Lincoln Park church.

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Latino Evangelical Churches Changing the Religious Landscape

Nov. 29, 2010
By Ruxandra Guidi

Evangelical pastors along the U.S.-Mexico border are increasingly building their Latino church services. They're focusing on youth ministry, women in the church and popular culture, and rapidly reinventing a traditionally Catholic community.

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What's Fueling Conflict Between Religion And Science?

Nov. 10, 2010
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

What can be learned by seeking a deeper understanding of both science and religion? We speak to one of the world's most renowned voices on the intersection between religion and science.

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Cloistered Nuns. Cloistered Workers.

Oct. 14, 2010
By Tom Fudge

There’s a Carmelite monastery on the edge of a cliff above Mission Valley just a quarter mile from my former home in Normal Heights. Shutting yourself off from the view of the world, as the nuns there do, may seem strange to the spiritually undeveloped.

Bill Moyers Talks Politics, Religion, Media

Sept. 22, 2010

Long-time public broadcasting journalist and author Bill Moyers joins us today to discuss the state of politics, the role of religion in the U.S., and recent changes in the media.

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How Widespread Is Anti-Muslim Sentiment?

Sept. 10, 2010
By Amita Sharma, Hank Crook, Megan Burke, Natalie Walsh

Amita Sharma speaks with Imam Taha Hassane, director of the Islamic Center of San Diego, about Muslim sentiment following a Florida pastor's intention to burn copies of the Koran.