Stories tagged: religion
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017
Faith and Values: The rise of #MeToo helps women understand they’re not alone
Perhaps #MeToo is the result of 5 million women marching in January this year saying they’d had enough. We’re done being silent; done laughing it off; done pretending it hasn’t …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:45 p.m.
Faith and Values: Tolerance, a step toward embrace
How can we see tolerance as one (big) step toward more fully embracing either our own humanity or someone else’s? I was stimulated to ask this question of myself – …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
India says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims
India’s foreign minister told Bangladesh’s government that Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims to resolve one of Asia’s largest refugee crises in decades, the government said.
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Faith and Values: Path to unity can be found in scripture, ‘If it is possible … live peaceably with all men.’
Media – social media in particular – have made it all too easy for us to substitute quick, cutting criticism in social discourse when tempered, thoughtful responses to divergent views …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Trump pledges fealty to religious values, “Merry Christmas”
President Donald Trump assured a high-profile gathering of Christian conservatives on Friday that his administration will defend religious organizations, promising a return to traditional American values while again subtly stoking …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 10:48 p.m.
Faith and Values: Showing up for our young people
Recently, I was grieved to hear about five teenage football players in Creston, Iowa, who were photographed wearing KKK hoods with a burning cross and a Confederate flag, and who …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
Birth control: Trump expands opt-out for workplace insurance
The Trump administration is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women for religious and moral reasons.
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
New discussion in challenge to LGBT religious objections law
Opponents might get another chance to block a Mississippi law that lets government workers or private businesspeople cite religious beliefs to deny services to gay or lesbian couples.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Terrorism, race, religion: Defining the Las Vegas shooting
The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, but is it terrorism? While much will hinge on the motives of a white gunman attacking a …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Pastor says God put him in right place when he saved man
Terence Jay Shaw, 51, would likely be dead, if not for Albany resident Chuck Zeitler.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
U.N. chief urges Myanmar to halt anti-Rohingya operations
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, calling the crisis “the world’s fastest developing …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 12:51 p.m.
Seattle Archdiocese pays $1.3M to settle sex abuse case
The Seattle Archdiocese has paid $1.3 million to settle a sex-abuse lawsuit involving a former member of a religious order who taught in its schools.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Trump signs proclamation restricting travel from 8 countries
Citizens of more than half a dozen countries will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
Mass with the cardinal: Former Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich returns to receive lifetime achievement award
The energy was palpable. Smiles were on high. Children were giddy. On this Sunday, at this cathedral, Cardinal Blase Cupich, the former Bishop of Spokane, would return home and deliver …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem ‘a bit late’
Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice …
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Jada Pinkett Smith shuts down Leah Remini’s claims that she’s a Scientologist
Jada Pinkett Smith says she’s no Scientologist.
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017
Alex Yablon: Video games, politics, religion don’t drive mass shooters
My experience suggests that the outsize attention paid to the shooter’s particular beliefs obscures the real connections between mass shooters. What binds them together and elevates their likelihood of killing …
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod installs its first female bishop
The Rev. Kristen Kuempel spends a lot of time on Facebook. She posts inspirational memes, notes on how people can contribute to area wildfire relief and, recently, reminders about Saturday.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Pope blasts climate change doubters
Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the …
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
Initiative aims to return fatherhood into the fabric of family
When Ron Hauenstein started volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s shelter for homeless women in 2008, he had an encounter that would change his life. Hauenstein had stopped at the …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:58 p.m.
Prosecutor blasts court for decision on oldest U.S. synagogue
Rhode Island’s attorney general is criticizing an appeals court decision handing ownership of the nation’s oldest synagogue to a congregation in New York, saying it ignored state law and “overwhelming …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Pope urges forgiveness in Colombia after decades of conflict
Pope Francis urged young Colombians on Thursday to take the lead in promoting forgiveness after a half-century of armed conflict, and he demanded the ruling class address the entrenched inequalities …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:42 a.m.
Survey: White Christians are now a minority of US population
The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fueled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organized religion …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:11 a.m.
U.S. military apologizes for ‘highly offensive’ leaflets it distributed in Afghanistan
The U.S. military in Afghanistan apologized Wednesday for distributing leaflets featuring an image “highly offensive” to Muslims.
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
Vatican declares Mother Teresa a patron saint of Calcutta
The Vatican on Wednesday declared Mother Teresa a patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta at a Mass in the city where she dedicated her life to the poorest of …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
Kathleen Parker: Harvey, Katrina comparisons intriguing
Chief among the obvious differences is the death toll. Katrina took close to 2,000 lives. As of Friday, Harvey’s toll was 46.
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 1:40 p.m.
Tillerson’s State Department plan slashes envoys for climate, Muslims, Syria
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined a major reorganization of the State Department, eliminating a raft of special envoy posts established to reach out to Muslim communities, support anti-government fighters …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
More than 1.7 million Muslims gather for start of hajj
In Saudi Arabia, more than 1.7 million pilgrims are marking the start of the hajj pilgrimage on Wednesday by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca – Islam’s holiest site – …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Second Sikh temple opens in Spokane Valley
Spokane’s second Sikh temple, Gurudwara Shree Guru Nanak Darbar, opened last month about 5 miles west of an older temple on Barker Road.
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
Faith and Values: Letting scapegoats loose in our lives
So it’s up to us – you and me – to stop the vicious scapegoating game when and where we can! It may involve curbing our tongues, and thinking more …