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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 #1815
Airs Sunday December 14th
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Sun Dec 14th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1816
Airs Sunday December 21st
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Episode #1817
Airs Sunday December 28th
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Sun Dec 28th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1818
Airs Sunday January 4th
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Episode #1819
Airs Sunday January 11th
26 minutes long
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Sun Jan 11th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1820
Airs Sunday January 18th
26 minutes long
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Sun Jan 18th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1821
Airs Sunday January 25th
26 minutes long
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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #1812
Previously aired Sunday November 23rd
Pope Francis to Visit Turkey - On November 28-30, Pope Francis will visit predominantly Muslim Turkey, once the center of ancient Christianity. The Western and Eastern churches split in 1054 and have remained separate ever since. Pope Francis will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians. In a special report from Turkey, Kim Lawton looks at local hopes for how the visit will affect Orthodox-Christian dialogue and interfaith relations. Westerners Who Join Radical Islam - One estimate says 15,000 Westerners - men and women, from many countries - have enlisted in ISIS and other branches of violent, radical Islam this year. Correspondent Dan Lothian talks with experts and a former recruit about the promises, lack of knowledge, social media and other reasons some young Europeans and Americans have gone to join radical Islam. Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica - It's the most popular Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world. December 12th is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, venerated by millions of believers after her mystical appearance to a Mexican nobleman in the 1500s. Fred de Sam Lazaro tells the story of the Saint's importance to Mexico through the centuries and today, as 20 million people visit her shrine each year.
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Sun Nov 23rd @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1811
Previously aired Sunday November 16th
New Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism - As ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups ramp up their recruiting efforts in the West, many Islamic organizations in the US are launching new initiatives aimed at preventing radicalization. They say while the number of Americans Muslims seeking to commit acts of terror is small, the issue must be addressed. Kim Lawton looks at some of the new efforts, as well as some of the controversy that surrounds them. Louisiana Southern Baptists Save a Nova Scotia Church - In rural Nova Scotia a dwindling Anglican congregation had to sell its 200 year old building. In deep South Louisiana, a thriving Southern Baptist congregation needed a sanctuary. So, as David Tereshchuk reports, the Baptists discovered and bought the Nova Scotia Anglican building, took it apart and trucked it 2000 miles to Cajun country, where they are methodically putting it back together, piece by numbered piece -- a new kind of Acadian immigration.
26 minutes long
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Sun Nov 16th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1810
Previously aired Sunday November 9th
Millennials Church - Saul Gonzalez reports on Mosaic Church in Hollywood, California, a Christian house of worship that focuses on ministering to the millennial generation, young men and women born in the '80's and '90's, many of whom grew up with no strong religious beliefs but who are searching for more meaning in their lives. Profile 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 also has been the majority leader of 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.
26 minutes long
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Sun Nov 9th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1809
Previously aired Sunday November 2nd
Benefit Corporations - For-profit companies with the mission of creating both profits for their investors and long-term value for their communities, their workers and the environment. Lucky Severson reports that there are now more than a thousand so-called B-Corporations, with laws in some states allowing them to pursue their twin goals without the risk of being sued by shareholders who might be interested only in profits. Profile Author Kent Nerburn - Bob Faw profiles award-winning author Kent Nerburn who writes about the spirituality and mistreatment of Native Americans. Nerburn says their enduring values have helped him erase his own guilt. "I wanted to get forgiveness for the crimes of my culture."
26 minutes long
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Sun Nov 2nd @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1807
Previously aired Sunday October 19th
The "T" in "LGBT" - As people who are transgender speak out increasingly about their lives and their needs, some churches and other institutions are trying to respond. Judy Valente reports from Chicago on some of the theological questions around transgender identity and a church that welcomes and ministers to transgender individuals. Taking the Church to the Needy - A Lutheran pastor in Minnesota has made it her ministry to take a food truck to a neighborhood where people are hungry. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on her "church," the responses she has received and the hopes she retains. Ebola Ethical Dilemmas - As the U.S. ramps up its response to the Ebola crisis, what ethical questions should be taken into account in treating the disease and trying to stop its spread? Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Professor George Annas, Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health.
26 minutes long
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Sun Oct 19th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1806
Previously aired Sunday October 12th
Tiny Houses for the Homeless - In Eugene, Oregon the city, local churches and volunteers have created a small community for the homeless. It's called "Opportunity Village" and it consists of 8'x 8' and 8'x10' houses built with donated materials. The price to the occupants is one dollar per day and there is no cost to the taxpayers. Lucky Severson reports that the occupants of "Opportunity Village" govern themselves and establish their own rules and punishments. The pastors who are involved say what they are doing is exactly the kind of caring for the poor that the gospels teach. Joshua Bell -The famous violinist talks with Bob Faw about finding in music truth, beauty and "a sense of divine order in the world." The Practices and Meanings of Sukkot - As Jews observe the Sukkot holiday through next Wednesday, Rabbi James Michaels of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington explains the significance of building temporary shelters for eating and worship, remembering their ancestors' 40 years of wandering in the desert after their escape from slavery in Egypt.
26 minutes long
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Sun Oct 12th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1805
Previously aired Sunday October 5th
Doctors Without Borders - The worldwide movement of 25,000 volunteers in 70 countries who care for the medical needs of the victims of violence, disease and natural disasters. The leaders of MedicinsSans Frontieres, or MSF, also speak out strongly about the unmet needs of the suffering and the urgent responsibilities of those who can help. As Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, one reason Doctors Without Borders has been so successful is that it works so hard to preserve its independence - from governments and all sides in each conflict. Prison Beards - The U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term on Monday and on Tuesday will hear arguments on a case about prison beards. As Tim O'Brien reports, the issue is whether Arkansas prison officials can forbid a prisoner from growing a beard when he claims a half inch beard is a requirement of his Muslim faith. Also whether prohibiting a beard would violate a law, enacted in 2000, guaranteeing the religious liberty of inmates. Vatican Meeting on the Family - On October 5, 2014, Pope Francis will convene a special two-week long meeting of bishops from around the worldto address some of the key challenges the Catholic Church faces in ministering to families. Several hot button issues are expected to be discussed, including the controversial question of whether there should be changes to the current ban on communion for divorced Catholics who are civilly remarried. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton discuss the meeting with Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom.
26 minutes long
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Sun Oct 5th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1804
Previously aired Sunday September 28th
Rev. Amy Butler Profile - One of the nation's most prominent Protestant congregations, The Riverside Church in Manhattan, will install its first female senior pastor, Rev. Amy Butler, on October 5. Kim Lawton talks with Butler about the new position and examines the challenges still facing many women who are taking on new leadership roles in mainline Protestantism. The Spiritual Practice of Being Grateful - Correspondent Kate Olson sat in on a conversation between Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfieldon the importance of gratefulness, every moment, and the opportunities they say it brings.
26 minutes long
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Sun Sep 28th @ 4:30 pm


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