Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
This series offers distinctive, informed and one-of-a-kind coverage of religion's role in American life, international news and major ethical issues. Its award-winning team of correspondents, including Lucky Severson, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Judy Valente, Saul Gonzalez, Betty Rollin, Tim O'Brien, Deborah Potter and Bob Faw, along with series host Bob Abernethy and managing editor Kim Lawton, have traveled around the world to report on stories about the faith communities, filling a void that is often neglected by other mainstream media. This season, segments will include the role religion will play in the 2012 elections and its involvement in various controversial issues; profiles of individuals whose faith impels them to extraordinary actions; pieces examining the role of religion in international affairs; and segments that explore medical ethics and bio-ethics issues. The program will also continue its much-praised reporting on the role of spirituality in the lives of men and women of all religious traditions and none.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Previous Broadcasts
KQED World: Sat, Dec 14, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
EL SALVADOR'S BAN ON ABORTIONS - Strongly influenced by Catholic teaching, El Salvador now forbids all abortions. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from San Salvador on the consequences for many women, including some who say they suffered a miscarriage, when abortion is considered murder.
MORE MORMON MISSIONARIES - At a time when many Christian denominations continue to lose members, the number of people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is going up steadily, from 3 million in 1970 to more than 15 million today, worldwide. One reason is new, lower age limits for both men and women who want to serve as missionaries. Lucky Severson reports that there are now more than 80,000 Mormon missionaries, all over the world, trying to combat what one Mormon leader calls the "growing level of wickedness."
- KQED World: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 15, 2013 -- 8:00 AM
KQED World: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
HISPANIC PROTESTANTS - The explosive growth of the number of evangelical Protestants who are Hispanic. Deborah Potter reports on the personal religious experiences of Hispanic evangelicals in Chicago at what is now the largest Assembly of God church in the country. (Previously aired July 19, 2013)
CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING - The tradition of giving Christmas presents is often tied to the magi, or wise men, who according to the Bible story, brought precious gifts to the baby Jesus. But many Christians say things have gotten out of hand. The average American family is projected to spend about $750 on Christmas this year. Kim Lawton looks at the ways some churches are urging their members to avoid consumerism and practice more meaningful Christmas gift giving. (Previously aired December 14, 2012)
WHIRLING DERVISHES - Like other major religions, Islam has a mystical branch, Sufism, which teaches many ways to experience spiritual union with the divine. One of those paths - dating from the 13th century - is dance, specifically the dancing of whirling dervishes, who were followers of the poet Rumi. Manjula Kumar, a program manager at the Smithsonian Institution, describes the origins and meaning of whirling dervish dancing. (Previously aired June 7, 2013)
PUNDITS AND THE POPE - Two prominent Washington columnists, E.J. Dionne and Michael Gerson, assess Pope Francis's call for the Catholic Church not only to make caring for the poor a higher priority but to work for a more just economic system.
- KQED World: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 8, 2013 -- 8:00 AM
KQED World: Sun, Dec 1, 2013 -- 8:00 AM
METHODIST GAY MARRIAGE CONTROVERSY - The issue of same-sex marriage continues to roil the United Methodist Church, the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. Last week, a Methodist court convicted a Pennsylvania pastor of violating church law after he officiated at a gay wedding. He will be defrocked ifhe does not withdraw his support for same-sex marriage in 30 days. And other church trials on the issue are still ahead. Betty Rollin speaks with Rev. Tom Ogletree, a United Methodist scholar and former Dean of the Yale Divinity School and the Drew Divinity School, in New Jersey, who faces a possible trial for officiating at the marriage of his gay son. Rev. Ogletree says there is "no concept of homosexuality or sexual orientation at all" in scripture. But Rev. Rob Renfroe of the Woodland United Methodist Church, near Houston, is among Methodists who insist "there is not any passage in scripture that is condoning or accepting of that practice." (Originally aired on September 20, 2013)
TAYLOR BRANCH ON 1963 - Last week the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch says that event was among several major milestones in 1963that played a key role in struggle for civil rights. "1963 is without a doubt the breakthrough pivotal year" for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, says Branch, whose latest book is called The King Years. Managing editor Kim Lawton talks with Branch about some of those events and the central role churches played in all of them.(Originally aired on June 21, 2013)
GETTYSBURG ADDRESS 150THANNIVERSARY - Students and tutors from Washington DC's New York Avenue Presbyterian Church's after-school tutoring program Community Club recite the Gettysburg Address in honor of its 150thAnniversary. The club meets at the church every week and provides dinner, academic tutoring and mentorship to DC students ranging in age from 5 to18. New York Presbyterian is also the church where President Lincoln rented a pew and sometimes attended services.
- KQED World: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 -- 4:30 AM