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Christians Debate Sinfulness Of Servicing Same-Sex Weddings

Christian conservatives who say that servicing a same-sex wedding violates their religious beliefs cite New Testament verses that suggest it is sinful not only to engage in homosexual behavior, but also to "approve" of it. Moderate theologians say such a literalist reading takes the lessons of the Bible out of context.

Community Takes Passover Tradition Back To The Desert Wilderness

Wilderness Torah celebrates the holiday in a setting rooted in heritage. Participants immerse in Jewish culture but also find meaningful personal connections from isolation not felt in everyday life.

In Easter Address, Pope Condemns Violence Against Christians

Francis, in his annual Urbi et Orbi message, decried the bloodshed in Africa and the Middle East. He also expressed hope for the framework deal on Iran's nuclear program.

Will New Zealand Rebuild The Cathedral My Forefather Erected?

NPR's Philip Reeves recently visited the earthquake-battered cathedral in New Zealand built by a 19th-century ancestor. He found his family history entwined in a fierce contemporary controversy.

Movies Explore The Intersection Of Religion And Violence

There has been a spate of religious movies and documentaries from Killing Jesus to Going Clear. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral in Washington.

Author: Ancient Texts Argue For An Islamic Feminist Movement

Journalist Carla Power has been studying the Koran. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with her about her book, If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran.

In Freedom Seder, Jews And African-Americans Built A Tradition Together

More than 40 years ago, the communities wove together their stories of enslavement and liberation to create a new Passover ritual.

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

Mixed Reaction To Changes In States 'Religious Freedom' Bills

Revisions to the measures in Indiana and Arkansas were prompted by a loud backlash from opponents who said the laws were meant to condone discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Vatican? More Like Vatican't! Eat Spaghetti, That Is

Pope Francis' doctors are telling him to lay off pasta and get more exercise. But Francis, who reportedly eats a plate of spaghetti every day, has not taken well to the suggestions.