Category Archives: Religion

Why is Orthodox Christmas late?

Of course, this all depends on your perspective. To some Orthodox Christians, Jan. 7 will be right on time. As for the discrepancy, blame it on the moon and sun — and centuries of human disagreement. Differences about when Christmas … Continue reading

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Bias Busters enjoys good allies

The Michigan State University School of Journalism is proud to have its Bias Busters series recognized by Read the Spirit, the online magazine arm of Front Edge Publishing, our publisher. That team has supported Bias Busters since we started this … Continue reading

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Hanukkah is light in a dark year

Hanukkah, a communal celebration of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem, is getting a reboot in this year of the coronavirus. The eight-day holiday, Dec. 10-18 on this year’s Gregorian calendar, is traditionally a time to be together, eat, … Continue reading

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Bodhi day will enlighten you

It is not your imagination. The end of the Gregorian calendar that predominates in the United States really is crowded with religious holidays. There is one December holiday, Bodhi Day, which consistently falls on Dec. 8 and might have escaped … Continue reading

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Church, synagogue win COVID Supreme Court case

That didn’t take long. The month after a new Supreme Court justice was sped onto the bench, the new court began to show its new conservative lean. In a decision announced Nov. 25, the night before Thanksgiving, the court ruled … Continue reading

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First Black U.S. cardinal speaks on social issues

The first African American Roman cardinal in the United States is not expected to be a quiet one. It’s not his style. Wilton Gregory was one of 13 Roman Catholic cardinals elevated 28 by Pope Francis, who according to National … Continue reading

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Money-changers tale and Jewish stereotypes

The New Testament story about money changers in the Temple is widely known and sustains a darker meaning writes Menachem Wecker, a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. In a column published by the National Catholic Reporter, Wecker writes that … Continue reading

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Latter-day Saint chooses baseball AND outreach

Detroit Tigers baseball prospect Gage Workman faced a dilemma that the most athletically gifted Latter-day Saints face. Should he go on the transformational, 2-year mission experience some of his peers choose when they complete high school, or should he pursue … Continue reading

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COVID-19 unites Jews, Muslims over burial practices

Often, as Michigan State students create their bias busting cultural competence guides, they encounter examples of how, whoever we are, we are more alike than how different. Judaism, Christianity and Islam owe much of their similarity to their shared Abrahamic … Continue reading

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Diwali, Kamala Harris’ election coincide

Diwali, the Indian festival of lights celebrated this month, receives some extra attention because Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who won this month, is of Indian and Jamaican descent. The festival is celebrated in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism, ancient religions … Continue reading

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