When Ann Neumann’s father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she left her job and moved back to her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She became his full-time caregiver—cooking, cleaning, and administering medications. When her father died, she was undone by the experience, by grief and the visceral quality of dying. Neumann struggled to put her life back in order and found herself haunted by a question: Was her father’s death a good death? The way we talk about dying and the way … Learn More about A good death?
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A weekly conversation for the rest of us.
People of faith, like the communities we inhabit and represent, are not easily defined. Most of us don’t fit the labels of convenience offered in conversation, cable newscasts and even sermons.
And while our perspective may get lost in the constant noise of political campaigns and social media, we remain steadfast in our desire to be a part of the dialogue.
What most of us have in common is a desire to live out our faith in a manner that represents what we believe, taking those beliefs and putting them into action to bring about change. Without exception, people of all faiths are called to engage in the public square and to work for the common good.
In the Square covers these ongoing movements weekly; with guest interviews, First Person reflections, Field Report segments reporting on efforts on the ground creating community and influencing public life and regular commentary connecting it all to an ongoing call to justice and peace.
The show’s host is Eric Fought, a lay leader in the Christian tradition and a lifelong advocate for social justice. An award winning broadcast journalist, former political strategist and former Franciscan friar, Eric has a unique and engaging perspective on faith and current events happening in the public square.
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One year after the Supreme Court ruled that gays can legally marry across the country, and at a time when most polls show a majority of Americans support LGBT equality, the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., shocked many Americans who had begun to take gay rights for granted.
Rosie Scammell | Religion News Service | June 10, 2016 VATICAN (RNS) — The Vatican has signed a new deal with international accountants, weeks after the unprecedented audit of the Holy See’s finances came to an abrupt halt. PricewaterhouseCoopers will advise the city-state’s auditor general, the Vatican said on Friday (June 10). Resumption of PwC’s […]
For Christians, this attack on the perfectly innocent is identical to the attack on Moses as an infant, the threats against Jesus as a young child and the crucifixion of the perfectly innocent Christ. The idealization of Southern heroes was so strong it required the sacrifice of innocent blood to break it.
Muslims around the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan, during which many are fasting from sunup to sunset. The month commemorates the revelation of the Quran and is a time of prayer and reflection, and typically large evening meals featuring special foods, which vary across cultures.
In an opening with historic import, Pope Francis has said he wants to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons, a step that could for the first time open the ranks of the Catholic Church’s all-male clergy to women.
The order of deacons was reinstituted in the Catholic Church after the reforms of the 1960s, and while deacons cannot celebrate the Eucharist like a priest, a deacon can preach at Mass, preside at weddings and funerals, and perform baptisms.
Adelle M. Banks | Religion News Service | May 11, 2016 Two hundred years ago, the American Bible Society was founded to distribute Scriptures across the U.S. and the globe. The society that opened its doors on May 11, 1816, moved last year from its prominent spot on Broadway in New York City to a building […]