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Episode #1812

KQED World: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

*Pope Francis Trip to Turkey - The pope will visit Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the world's more than 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians, in Istanbul at the end of this month. Can they help to overcome Christianity's centuries of division? ?East and West are not contradictory to each other, says Metropolitan Elpidophoros, bishop of Bursa. ?And in the last years, thanks God, we have extremely good relations.
*Recruiting Radical Muslims - Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS and the Taliban are finding some success appealing to young Muslims from Western Europe and the United States. They use the internet and social media to convince uneducated or marginalized men and women they will be rewarded by Allah for joining their cause. While some recruits are drawn by their own extremist beliefs, others are lured in much more deceptive ways. "I wanted to do something positive," says Hanif Qadir, founder of the Active Change Foundation, who once traveled from Britain to Afghanistan to aid women and children, but was taken in by the Taliban. "I was slowly drawn into radical thinking, radical views, and then slowly being sucked into looking at other options of doing positive work, and that even meant violence."
*Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica - On December 12, Roman Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Virgin Mary. Her shrine in Mexico City is the most popular Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world. Believed to have appeared in a vision almost 500 years ago, some 20 million people a year are inspired to come and pray and thank her for her help. "This place has become a place of worship," says Monsignor Jorge Antonio Palencia of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. "Our Lady has accompanied the nation across the foundation, through the independence movement, then through the revolution movement."

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Episode #1811

KQED World: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

MUSLIM INITIATIVES AGAINST EXTREMISM - As Islamic terrorists around the world attempt to recruit young Muslims to join their cause, many US Muslims are coming together to protect their communities from radicalization with new programs. Muslim Public Affairs Council national policy analyst Hoda Elshishtawy says MPAC's Safe Spaces initiative is "creating these safe spaces so that people can talk about issues and grievances that they have and work through them in a healthy way."
CHURCH RELOCATION - Pastor Jerel Keene of Louisiana Church in Abita Springs, Louisiana needed a permanent church building for his Southern Baptist congregation. The search led him all the way to rural Nova Scotia to a 200-year-old Anglican church whose dwindling number of parishioners had put it up for sale. The church was disassembled and shipped over 2,000 miles, and now it is being rebuilt by Keene's congregation under the guidance of a timber frame specialist. "I heard that they were praying for us now as we?'re erecting this building, and I hope they feel like this is still their home," says Pastor Keene of the sellers of the historic Canadian church. "They can come camp out with us anytime they want to. They can use our building anytime they want to. It's a church, it's the Lord's."
JUDAISM AND FEEDING THE HOMELESS - Rabbi Scott Perlo of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC and a group of young Jewish professionals serve breakfast to the homeless for the interfaith group So Others Might Eat, and Rabbi Perlo explains the connection between Jewish faith, social justice, and the Torah. "Everybody here is gifted with a soul that was fashioned in God's image," he says, "which is the reason that if someone needs help from me I really have to give it, because they are worth, in God's eyes, just the same as I am."

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Episode #1810

KQED World: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

MILLENNIALS AND RELIGION - Reports on the under-30 generation suggest that as many as 1 out of 3 are walking away from traditional religious affiliations and organized religion in the US. Erwin McManus, founder and pastor of MOSAIC church in Los Angeles, believes there is more to the story. "You have a generation that is saying we are tapping out of religion in many ways. But what they are not saying is that we are tapping out of a serious search for meaning in life, says McManus. In fact, if anything there is an incredible and profound hunger in millennials saying if there is something beyond this life I want to connect to it."
JOHN UNGER - Currently serving as the pastor of three small West Virginia churches affiliated with three different Mainline Protestant denominations, John Unger believes he may be the first minister to hold such a position. He is also a politician, serving as a senator in the West Virginia legislature. "I am very careful to make sure that I dont bring politics into the church. However, I'll tell you this, says Unger, "that I do bring my faith into my politics. I believe my ministry is loving God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, and my public service is loving my neighbor as myself."
KRISTALLNACHT - In November 1938, the world was largely silent about the violent anti-Semitic pogrom known as the "night of broken glass." According to historian Victoria Barnett, it was an escalation of violence against the Jewish population in Europe at a time when America was heavily isolationist: There were a variety of factors that made people turn away from actively helping the Jews just as they really needed the help the most. Originally published November 8, 2013.

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Episode #1809

KQED World: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

B CORP BUSINESS ETHICS - We talk with 3 Stanford University schoolmates who co-founded the B Corp or Benefit Corporation movement and started a nonprofit organization called B Lab, dedicated to using the power of for-profit businesses to try to solve social and environmental problems. A growing number of states are approving legislation that will make it easier for companies to join the B Corp movement, be certified, and commit to higher standards of purpose and accountability.
KENT NERBURN - Kent Nerburn says he tries to find the spiritual in everything. An award-winning writer and spiritual teacher, he tells the stories of Native Americans so they speak, he explains, "from honest emotions." His job "is to present a truth that you will embrace more fully if your believe it as you read it. Their world and their way of seeing have enriched my world and my way of seeing."
PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH - Cathy Lynn Grossman, senior national correspondent for Religion News Service, talks with R&E host Bob Abernethy about the case of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who was given 6 months to live after being diagnosed with advanced brain cancer. She made headlines when she pledged to end her life with the help of a doctor rather than continuing to endure her debilitating symptoms.

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