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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 #1844
Airs Sunday July 5th
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 5th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1845
Airs Sunday July 12th
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 12th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1846
Airs Sunday July 19th
26 minutes long
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Episode #1847
Airs Sunday July 26th
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 26th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1848
Airs Sunday August 2nd
26 minutes long
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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
26 minutes long
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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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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

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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Episode #1838
Previously aired Sunday May 24th
Nepal Earthquake Relief - One month after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, humanitarian workers are still struggling to help the more than 8 million people affected. Kim Lawton talks with Kent Hill, senior vice president of international programs for World Vision U.S. about the challenges of delivering immediate aid while also working for long-term recovery. Homeless Female Veterans - This Memorial Day weekend, the nation remembers military men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to the country. Many returning service members have challenges trying resume their lives. Correspondent Bob Faw reports on the situation for women - many of them single mothers - who come back to neither jobs nor homes, and looks at Final Salute, a group trying to help them.
26 minutes long
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Sun May 24th @ 11:30 am

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Sun May 24th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1837
Previously aired Sunday May 17th
Kairos Prison Ministry - For more than 30 years trained volunteers from Kairos Prison Ministry have been involved in group discussions and one-on-one mentoring in more than 400 prisons, trying to transform the inmates they meet. Lucky Severson watched the volunteers at work on a recent weekend at the Branchville Correctional Facility in Indiana - working intensely with inmates, bringing them forgiveness, love and on this occasion, 24,000 cookies. Wayne Meisel's Seminarians - Rev. Wayne Meisel is a Presbyterian pastor with a strong, self-chosen mission. He works with students at the Princeton Theological Seminary and other divinity schools around the country, hoping they can create a national movement of young Christians who want to make the world a better place, especially for the poor. As one of Meisel's seminarians, Theron Cook of Alexandria, VA., told Bob Abernethy, "If we don't do it, who will?"
26 minutes long
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Sun May 17th @ 11:30 am

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Sun May 17th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1836
Previously aired Sunday May 10th
Anti-Muslim Charges and Responses in North Carolina - Three North Carolina universities - Duke, Wake Forest and UNC-Chapel Hill, are struggling to overcome sharp divisions about the substance of Islamic teachings and the role of Islam in the U.S. Lucky Severson reports on the accusations and violence that have accompanied discussion of Jihad and Sharia law. Yale's Institute of Sacred Music - Can even the most beautiful classical church music hold modern audiences attuned to hip hop? Can great sacred music continue to feed the spiritual lives of performers and their listeners? Judy Valente reports on the musicians devoted to sacred music - their commitment and their uncertain future.
26 minutes long
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Sun May 10th @ 11:30 am

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Sun May 10th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1835
Previously aired Sunday May 3rd
Baltimore Tensions - Tensions remain high in Baltimore in the wake of protests-sometimes violent-over the death of an African-American man Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody. Host Bob Abernethy talks with Bishop Eugene Sutton, Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, about how clergy and community leaders are working for peace and justice, and the national conversation he believes needs to take place about race and policing. Same-Sex Marriage Case - The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that considers granting a constitutional right to marry to same-sex couples nationwide. Religious groups have been actively lobbying on both sides of the issue. Correspondent Tim O'Brien reports on the arguments and the implications of this important case. Converting to Judaism - Judaism does not encourage conversions but, as Bob Faw reports, converts he interviews say converting enriches them and gives them peace - and enriches Judaism as well.
26 minutes long
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Sun May 3rd @ 11:30 am

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Sun May 3rd @ 4:30 pm


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