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Final Look Back (Episode #2026)

KQED World: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

After almost 20 years of distinctive coverage of religion on mainstream television, this is the final episode of RENW. Kim Lawton looks back at some of the many changes she has covered in the American religious landscape over the last two decades. Also, Lucky Severson recalls some of his memorable stories and interviews, and University of Virginia Professor of Religious Studies Vanessa Ochs reflects on some of the many religious beliefs, practices, and rituals the series has spotlighted. Finally, on behalf of the program, longtime host Bob Abernethy says goodbye.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2025

KQED World: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

After almost 20 years of distinctive coverage of religion on mainstream TV, RENW is coming to an end. In its last two episodes, the series looks back at some of its most memorable reports and interviews.
This week, longtime host Bob Abernethy remembers some of the many people of faith and religious leaders he has profiled. Also, correspondents Fred de Sam Lazaro, Judy Valente and Tim O'Brien recall some of the stories they've covered, the people they've met and the changes they've seen.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2024

KQED World: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

* Conflict Resolution in Public Schools - Judy Valente reports from Kansas on restorative justice and conflict resolution circles to help resolve conflicts in schools. The circles are built on principles with roots in Quaker, Mennonite, and Native American beliefs. Teachers say they hope the students will take the peace-making skills they learn at school into their communities, and administrators hope to expand the program statewide.
* In the Footsteps of Mother Teresa - Fred de Sam Lazaro travels to India with a group of Catholic seminarians from Minnesota who experience for themselves Kolkata's poverty and the legacy of Saint Teresa of Calcutta's ministry. They visit the sisters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity who continue to provide care for the poorest of the poor, including patients with leprosy.
* Perspective on Syrian Refugees: Imam Omar Suleiman - Watch north Texas imam Oman Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, visiting Syrian refugee camps on the Jordan-Syria border, and listen to him talk about the moral obligations and spiritual lessons he learned there. "It opened my eyes to the neglect of the Syrian people," he says. "We have an obligation to make things better. They are human beings, and they have a right to live in peace and security."

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  • KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2023

KQED World: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

* Sanctuary Movement - One of the most frequently mentioned obligations in the Bible is to "welcome the stranger." Since the 1980s, churches and synagogues have offered sanctuary to undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Lucky Severson reports on the current sanctuary movement from Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona, where it first began, and talks with the church's pastor, Rev. Alison Harrington, who says, "My scriptures don't ask me but command me to stand with those who are being persecuted and those who are being oppressed." He also interviews Roy Beck of Numbers USA, a lobbying group that works to reduce the number of immigrants in the US, both legal and illegal. Says Beck, "I do feel that the sanctuary churches are undermining the rule of law, which is the cornerstone of a just society."
* 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation - The year 2017 marks 500 years since a stubborn monk and towering thinker, Martin Luther, published his 95 theses or complaints against the Catholic Church and launched the Protestant Reformation, a momentous religious revolution whose consequences we still live with today. The Reformation divided the Western church and transformed millions of people's understanding of their relationship with God. Kim Lawton traveled to Germany to report on how the anniversary is being commemorated there and how its legacy is understood by scholars and theologians, both Catholic and Protestant.

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  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 7:00 AM
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