Religion

Elections 2012
7:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Reporter's Notebook: The Political Neutrality Of The Mormon Church

Mitt Romney's candidacy makes the Mormon Church's political neutrality a tricky issue to navigate.
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In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality.  It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature.  For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions.  It has deep religious and cultural roots.  After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester

Diocese of Manchester, NH

We sit down with Bishop Peter Libasci, nearly one year after he took over as head of the Diocese of Manchester. We’ll talk with Bishop Libasci about what he hopes to achieve as leader of more than a quarter million New Hampshire Catholics.

Word of Mouth
12:06 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

What Color was Christ?

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If you grew up in a religious home with a portrait of Jesus on the wall, he was probably portrayed as brown-haired, brown eyed, and Caucasian.  But have you ever wondered why a Judaic man born in the Middle East would look like an aquiline-nosed Northern European?  Edward J. Blum is a professor of history at San Diego State University, and along with Paul Harvey, is author of “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America".  

Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Aug. 25: Wesley Wildman-Make it Start! Make it Stop! Technology & the Future of Religious Experience

Cambridge University Press

This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on August 19. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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All Things Considered
6:11 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Incoming Bishop Sees Vibrant Community, Not Disunity, in Episcopal Diocese

Bishop Coadjutor-elect Robert Hirschfeld. This weekend he'll be consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor, and in January he'll serve as Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

This weekend the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire formally begins the process of installing its next bishop.

His name is Robert Hirschfeld, and he comes to New Hampshire after working for about a decade at a church in western Massachusetts. He’ll formally be consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor at a ceremony this weekend in Concord. Once that happens Hirschfeld will be in line to lead the Diocese next January, when Bishop Gene Robinson retires.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

July 14: Christie Hager - A New Era of Health Reform: The New England Experience

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This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on July 8. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:
 

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
1:09 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

July 7: Leaf Seligman - Opening the Window: A Sabbath Meditation on Paradox, Meaning and Joy

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Leaf Seligman's book can be found here.
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This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on July 1. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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Religion
4:23 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Friars Come To Nuns' Defense In Vatican Investigation

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:59 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

For us, there can be no dispute that God has been and continues to be revealed through the faithful and often unsung witness of religious women in the United States. So reads a recent letter written by the Franciscan Friars of the U.S. expressing support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The LCWR represents most of the country's nuns and it's now the subject of a Vatican investigation for encouraging, in the Vatican's words, radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.

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Religion
4:58 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Three Candidates in Consideration for New Hampshire's Next Episcopal Bishop

New Hampshire Episcopalians are set to choose a successor to retiring Bishop Gene Robinson, whose election in 2003 as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop created worldwide headlines and controversy between the church and the Anglican Communion.

Lisa Wangsness covers religion for the Boston Globe; she joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to look at the three candidates and the state of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire.

NH News
4:53 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Tibetan Monks Meet Shaker Tradition

Todd Bookman/NHPR

This weekend, the Canterbury Shaker Village opens its doors for the season.

It’s 600 acres of stillness, of restored buildings and manicured fields. But there’s one thing missing.

“Visitors come here expecting to see Shakers,” says Funi Burdick, Executive Director of the Village.

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Word of Mouth
11:17 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Shunned (Working Title)

(Photo by Twinxamot via Flickr Creative Commons)

These days, there’s a reality TV show for every hobby, lifestyle, income bracket, family situation, and even religious persuasion.

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Books
11:04 am
Fri April 20, 2012

The St. Cuthbert Gospel: Looking Pretty Good At 1,300

The Gospel, buried with St. Cuthbert in 698, was recovered from his grave in 1104. Its beautiful red leather binding is original.
Courtesy of the British Library

How much would you pay for a very rare book?

The British Library in London has just paid about $14 million to purchase Europe's oldest intact book, known as the St. Cuthbert Gospel. It's a copy of the Gospel of St. John, thought to have been produced in northeastern England sometime during the seventh century.

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Religion
3:22 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government?

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with his 2012 budget plan. Ryan cites his Catholic faith in justifying his proposed cuts to social safety-net programs.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 9:45 am

What would Jesus do with the U.S. economy?

That's a matter of fierce debate among Christians — with conservatives promoting a small-government Jesus and liberals seeing Jesus as an advocate for the poor.

After the House passed its budget last month, liberal religious leaders said the Republican plan, which lowered taxes and cut services to the poor, was an affront to the Gospel — and particularly Jesus' command to care for the poor.

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Religion
2:55 am
Wed April 11, 2012

To Some Hindus, Modern Yoga Has Lost Its Way

Bernice Acosta and other yoga enthusiasts practice in New York's Times Square at an event marking the 2011 summer solstice. Some Hindus say such events have little to do with yoga's spiritual roots.
Mario Tama Getty Images

About 20 million people in the United States practice some form of yoga, from the formal Iyengar and Ashtanga schools to the more irreverent "Yoga Butt."

But some Hindus say yoga is about far more than exercise and breathing techniques. They want recognition that it comes from a deeper philosophy — one, in their view, with Hindu roots.

Many forms of yoga go back centuries. Even in the U.S., the transcendentalists were doing yoga in the 1800s.

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Religion
4:38 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

A Church Divided: Ruling Ends Va.'s Episcopal Battle

The St. Stephen's Church in Heathsville, Va., has been at the center of an ugly custody battle between the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and the newly affiliated St. Stephen's Anglican Church.
Barbara Bradley Hagerty for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 8:19 pm

On a bright Sunday morning in the tiny town of Heathsville, Va., Jeffrey Cerar surveys the church he's preached in for the past 15 years — its 130-year-old wooden pews, its stained glass windows, its paschal candles, its cross.

"Virtually everything you see here is going to stay; the high altar, the credence table, the hymnals and books of common prayer will all stay," he says. "The Bibles will go with us."

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