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Meet the Nun Who Now Has Her Own Baseball Card 

Sobieck, a member of Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, autographed 260 of her baseball cards. The summer of 2018 witnessed Sister Mary Jo Sobieck going viral on several social media platforms when the nun used her bicep to bounce a baseball and threw a perfect strike. To the delight of sports enthusiasts everywhere, she then […]

Source: Meet the Nun Who Now Has Her Own Baseball Card – World Religion News

How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change by Terri Hansen 

The village of Taholah on the Quinault Indian Nation is just a stone’s throw from a pebbled stretch of beach pocked with the tiny holes of razor clams. The town is wedged between Washington state’s rocky Pacific coastline and a hillside of towering cedar and Douglas fir evergreens. It’s been the home of the Quinault peoples for 12,000 years. And for the last 50-odd years, the home of tribal member Larry Ralston. Back in 2008, when Ralston first learned climate change would cause sea levels to rise, he tho

Source: How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change by Terri Hansen — YES! Magazine

A Jewish-Muslim legal duo is turning heads in New York City 

In a world plagued by polarization and xenophobia, this Brooklyn judge and his law clerk rule in favor of peaceful coexistence.Judge Noach Dear, an Orthodox Jew, and his court attorney Deema Azizi, a Syrian Muslim refugee, have been turning heads at the New York Supreme Court since they began working together two years ago.“When people see Deema for the first time, they always do a double take,” he said. “With the response, ‘What a combination, an Orthodox Jew with a Syrian Muslim woman — it’s unbelieva

Source: A Jewish-Muslim legal duo is turning heads in New York City — Religion Unplugged

Investigation Into ‘Suspicious’ Fires That Destroyed Three Black Churches in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish 

A fourth church was also burnt down 200 miles away. All the three churches burned to the ground were mostly attended by African-American congregants. The first church to be destroyed by fire was St. Mary’s Baptist Church on March 26. Then a week later, just 10 miles away, the Greater Union Baptist Church burnt down. […]

Source: Investigation Into ‘Suspicious’ Fires That Destroyed Three Black Churches in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish – World Religion News

Muslim Writers Call for More Film, TV Inclusion in WGAE, MPAC Panel 

There has never been a more important time for positive, nuanced and authentic portrays of Muslims on television and in film and digital media. That was the message, at least, on Monday evening at a panel discussion with Muslim writers and creators Negin Farsad (The Muslims Are Coming!), Farhan Arshad (CBS’ Man With a Plan), Amber Fares (America Inside Out With Katie Couric) and Maysoon Zayid, a disability advocate and founder of the annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.  Hosted by the Writers Gui

Source: Muslim Writers Call for More Film, TV Inclusion in WGAE, MPAC Panel | Hollywood Reporter

Buddhism and Game of Thrones Have More in Common Than You Think

Of the millions of viewers expected to watch Game of Thrones when it returns for its final season on April 14, few, if any, will be tuning in because they think it is a particularly Buddhist show. Yet a new tour at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City makes the case that the fantasy series and Buddhism have more in common than we might think. Take, for example, this line spoken by the dragon-riding queen Daenerys Targaryen about the noble families: “Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell. They’

Source: Buddhism and Game of Thrones Have More in Common Than You Think

Is God really only calling single, celibate men to the priesthood?’ Why two men left 

Just a year after becoming a Catholic priest, Doug Langner said the loneliness started to creep in.”You would go through times of (thinking), wouldn’t it be nice to just share your day with someone else?” said Langner, who was ordained in 2008 after graduating from Illinois’ Mundelein Seminary, and started to work in a Kansas City, Mo.-area parish. Soon he was the only priest assigned to his church, living alone in the rectory, which isn’t uncommon as the Catholic Church faces a priest shortage that has f

Source: Is God really only calling single, celibate men to the priesthood?’ Why two men left | Lexington Herald Leader

LDS Church Will Now Allow Baptism for Children of LGBTQ Parents 

The move came after 41 months Instituted in November 2015, Russell M. Nelson, the present church president, brought forward a policy which not only deemed same-sex couples as apostates but also forbade their children from all baptisms and baby blessings. About three and a half years have passed since then, and the intervening years were […]

Source: LDS Church Will Now Allow Baptism for Children of LGBTQ Parents – World Religion News

Buddhist meditation center faces legal setback in Mobile 

A long-running legal dispute over a proposed Buddhist meditation center in Mobile appears to be near the end of one round in federal court — and probably at the beginning of another. “She has spent over $300,000,” attorney John Lawler said of his client, Sivaport Nimityongskul. “The city, on my humble estimate, has spent half a million … Is it reasonable for the city to be involved in this kind of carrying on?” Several years ago, the Thai Meditation Center of Alabama Inc. filed suit against the city and

Source: Buddhist meditation center faces legal setback in Mobile – al.com