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Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #1848
Airs Sunday August 2nd
26 minutes long
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Sun Aug 2nd @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1849
Airs Sunday August 9th
26 minutes long
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Sun Aug 9th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1850
Airs Sunday August 16th
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Episode #1851
Airs Sunday August 23rd
26 minutes long
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Sun Aug 23rd @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1852
Airs Sunday August 30th
26 minutes long
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Sun Aug 30th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1901
Airs Sunday September 6th
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Episode #1902
Airs Sunday September 13th
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Episode #1903
Airs Sunday September 20th
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Episode #1904
Airs Sunday September 27th
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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #1847
Previously aired Sunday July 26th
Religion in Cuba - As the U.S. and Cuba reopen their embassies, what is the state of religion in Cuba after 50 years of repressive Communist rule? Dan Lothian reports from Cuba ahead of the Pope's September visit on the wary but emerging signs of religious life there, and the growing hope that Cuba's younger generation can somehow be introduced to the religious practice that many have never known. Women's Mosque of America - American Muslim women can feel marginalized at worship services in traditional mosques. Only men are allowed to lead the prayers and preach the sermons, and women are usually seated in separate areas. Correspondent Kim Lawton reports on a new project, the Women's Mosque of America, believed to be the first female-only mosque in the U.S. Participants say creating a space where women lead empowers them to influence the broader community. Hindu Coming-of-age Ceremony - A Hindu coming-of-age ceremony, or "sacred thread" ceremony, for a nine-year-old boy at a temple in Adelphi, Maryland. Presiding over the two-day event was Dr. Siva Subramanian, a Georgetown University neonatologist and a Hindu leader in the greater Washington, DC area.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 26th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jul 26th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1846
Previously aired Sunday July 19th
A Different Islamic School - Centuries ago, family operated Muslim schools - madrasas - taught not only Arabic and the Koran but also a wider curriculum. Then, in recent years, many madrasas became politicized and even radicalized -breeding grounds for violent extremism. Fred de Sam Lazaro travelled to predominantly-Muslim Pakistan and visited one family's madrasa, in Karachi, that is trying against strong opposition to restore what many say all Islam needs: giving male and female students a broad general education. Singing in a Choir -Volunteers in the Choral Society at New York's Grace Church tell Bob Faw what choral singing does for them. They say it overcomes hardship, feeds the soul, creates community, serves as a workout, shrinks the ego and just plain makes everyone happy. Belief and Practice: Eid al-Fitr - This week, with the sighting of the new moon, Muslims around the world will observe Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival marking the end of Ramadan. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims who were able fasted from sunrise to sunset. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, director of community outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, describes the rituals and spiritual significance of this important holiday.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 19th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jul 19th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1845
Previously aired Sunday July 12th
Moving Beyond the Confederate Flag - As South Carolina continued debate this week over whether to fly the Confederate flag at the State Capitol, many African-Americans are urging the nation to also examine deeper issues such as systemic injustice and ongoing racism. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Harold Dean Trulear, associate professor of Applied Theology and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Howard University School of Divinity. Interracial Diversity in a Black Church - At First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, a historically African-American congregation, there's a small but growing number of white members. One of them is even on the church staff, in charge of community outreach. The white members told David Tereshchuk they feel at home - not as visitors but as fellow-worshippers, as one said, "tuning in to God." American Eye Surgeons in Vietnam - A "flying eye hospital" has taken American surgeons to 92 countries, among them Vietnam, where they heal and teach others to heal, too. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the airfield at Hue, once a battlefield in the Vietnam War. One American surgeon told him, "Every life matters, and every life matters equally."
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 12th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jul 12th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1844
Previously aired Sunday July 5th
Can charity do harm? - People of faith consider it their religious duty to give to the poor. But Lucky Severson reports on a Presbyterian psychologist in Atlanta, Robert Lupton, who thinks some charity can do harm. He preaches helping the very poor to learn to help themselves, and what is called "re-neighboring" -- encouraging the well-off to come live alongside the poor. Ethics of Gene Editing - There is a new genetic editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 which has the potential to fix devastating illnesses. It allows scientists to identify a single defective gene among 30,000 and then cut and repair it. Correspondent Betty Rollin speaks with George Church of Harvard Medical School about its therapeutic potential and with ethicist Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society who has called for a moratorium using gene editing on human embryos. Darnovsky is concerned about gene editing's safety especially since changes made to a human embryo would not only affect that individual but all of his or her descendants and also has ethical concerns that the same gene editing technique used to cure diseases, could potentially allow wealthy parents to genetically enhance their offspring. Religious Reaction to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling - Faith groups continue to analyze the implications of last week's landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton discuss the range of religious reactions, from those who are celebrating the decision to those who fear it could infringe on their religious liberty.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 5th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jul 5th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1843
Previously aired Sunday June 28th
Healing Moral Wounds of War - 2.6 million U.S. service members have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-the largest number since the Vietnam War. In her new book Afterwar, Georgetown University professor Nancy Sherman argues that many of them suffer from moral wounds, a complex set of emotional injuries that are often separate from post-traumatic stress. In an interview with Managing Editor Kim Lawton, Sherman explores these injuries and says the entire nation has a "sacred obligation" to help service members heal. Lawton also talks with a veteran who suffered moral injury. Former Mormons - In recent years a number of young U.S. members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, have left the Church. One reason, many of them say, is because they no longer believe in the accuracy of some of the Church history they learned as children. Over the past year, Church officials have commissioned straightforward essays about many of these teachings and posted them on the Church's website. The results have been mixed, as Deborah Potter reports. She spoke with Church officials about what they hope the postings will achieve and also with former Mormons trying to adapt to the world outside the Church.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jun 28th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1842
Previously aired Sunday June 21st
Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment - This week, Pope Francis released his first major teaching document, a strong statement on the environment. He specifically raised concerns about the impact of climate change on poor and vulnerable people and said care for the earth and care for the needy are both moral mandates. Faith-based Activism on Climate Change - Kim Lawton traveled to the bayous of South Louisiana, where faith-based activists are trying to help vulnerable communities they say are directly affected by climate change. Most scientists say climate change has led to rising sea levels which are accelerating erosion and land loss. Lawton talked to delta residents who are being displaced, as well as local religious leaders. She also spoke with national advocates who appreciate the pope's efforts, and those who believe concerns about climate change are overblown. Recalling Liberation Theology - With its link between protecting the Earth and helping the poor, Pope Francis's encyclical brings back for many people memories of what Catholics and others called "Liberation Theology." It was a controversial effort in the 1970's and '80s to bring about social and economic changes with the support of the Catholic church, and it was practiced most notably in Central and South America. On a recent trip to Nicaragua, Fred de Sam Lazaro spoke with some of the aging veterans of that country's Liberation Theology struggles of a generation ago.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jun 21st @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jun 21st @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1841
Previously aired Sunday June 14th
Birth Control in the Philippines - For more than a year, the Philippines has been testing a highly controversial new law requiring public health facilities to offer free contraceptive services to everyone who wants them. The Catholic church strongly opposed the law, arguing that only natural family planning (NFP) should be legal, not artificial contraception and abortion. But those favoring the law say it is necessary to control the Philippines' soaring population which, they say, is the principal cause of the country's poverty. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Manila on the continuing debate there and on how the new law is working. Benedictine Nuns Raising Cattle - The Abbey of St. Walburga in Colorado is also a 300 acre working ranch managed by 23 nuns who gather for prayer seven times a day, in full black habits, and also, among other things, work as ranch hands raising their herd of beef cattle. Lucky Severson paid them a visit. Ramadan on the Road - This coming week, with the sighting of the new moon, Muslims around the world will begin observing their holy month of Ramadan. Those who are able are expected to fast from sun up to sun down. This can pose special challenges for Muslims in many professions. We talk with members of the Muslim hip-hop group Native Deen about how they observe Ramadan's strict requirements while on musical tours.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jun 14th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jun 14th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1840
Previously aired Sunday June 7th
Latino Converts to Islam - As Muslims around the world prepare to begin their month-long Ramadan fasting (expected to begin around June 18), Managing Editor Kim Lawton looks at one of the fastest-growing segments of the American Islamic community: Latino converts. Experts say there may be as many as 250,000 Hispanic Muslims in the US. Lawton looks at the reasons why Latinos are converting and the challenges they face from both inside and outside the Muslim community. John Unger - Pastoring three churches and helping run his state's Senate - all at once. In Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, John Unger is the pastor simultaneously of three churches of three different denominations. He thinks he is the first minister in the country to do this across religious traditions. Meanwhile, Unger is the minority whip in the West Virginia Senate. He tells Bob Abernethy he does not bring politics into his ministry but that he certainly does bring his faith into politics. He adds that a pastoral approach to legislating is just what the Congress in Washington ought to have. Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace - The international Buddhist community Shinnyo-en emphasizes what it calls "altruistic Buddhist practice." The community has developed contemporary forms of fire and water ceremonies, such as the annual Memorial Day Floating Lantern ceremony in Hawaii. We visited a Lantern Floating in Central Park New York City which focused on peace.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jun 7th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1839
Previously aired Sunday May 31st
Seminary Graduate Pastorate Prospects - It's graduation season, and many new graduates are optimistic about embarking on their chosen career. Lucky Severson reports that some seminary-trained men and women who feel called to be ministers can't find Protestant churches that can afford to hire them. Part of the problem is the lingering effects of recession. Part of it is the Mainline Decline - fewer church members, therefore less money to pay pastors. Micro-Preemies - Betty Rollin reports on the agonizing decisions being made by doctors, families and chaplains looking after premature and critically ill newborn babies. Modern medical technology has enabled those caring for these newborns to keep them alive. But, often, that means surviving with terrible problems. Jordan River Baptism Site - Outside of Israel, one of the most popular destinations for Christian pilgrims is in neighboring Jordan--at the Jordan River Baptism site. It is revered by many as the place where Jesus was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist. Although there are other supposed baptism sites, recently-discovered archeological ruins are giving this spot new prominence. Kim Lawton reports from there.
26 minutes long
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Sun May 31st @ 11:30 am

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