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On Jamaica: Harry Belafonte Meets the Rivers of Babylon

Bob Schulman | Posted 11.21.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

It's "Sing-Along Night" at one of the posh resort hotels in Port Antonio on the northeast beaches of Jamaica. Guests are wearing funny hats while they...

Tales of a Last Supper on Fiji

Bob Schulman | Posted 11.01.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Dancers reenact wars between cannibal tribes. In the summer of 1867 Methodist missionary Thomas Baker made the history books when he became the last ...

Teaching The Greeks And Critical Thinking -- Part 12: Can You Be a Good Person if You Don't Believe in an Afterlife?

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: So far, we've been discussing how the Greeks viewed this life given their view of the afterlife, then whether the belief in the afterlife tod...

How Russia's New Anti-Extremism Law Affects Mormon Missionaries

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion

A new anti-terrorism law in Russia includes measures that will limit religious work in the country, calling into question the fate of Mormon missionar...

The Heart Of A Surgeon

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
SreyRam Kuy, MD

The Heart of a Surgeon Dr. SreyRam Kuy was recently interview by Sally Croom, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport. This interview was or...

How to Smuggle Vegetables Into North Korea

Rachel Stine | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Rachel Stine

Reverend Peters' latest project, however, aims to impact more lives. Rather than just spiriting a trickle of refugees to freedom abroad, he is also smuggling nutrient-rich vegetable seeds into North Korea, in a bold effort to provide food security for the 24.9 million people still trapped behind its barbed wire borders.

"Mom, Today I Became a Catholic": Analysis of a Teen Conversion

Stafford Betty | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

About five years ago Natalie Thomson, an attractive, popular, well-adjusted 16-year-old girl made this surprising announcement. It was surprising for...

Missionaries Come Home

Martin Marty | Posted 11.01.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

Newspeople and commentators outside the South ordinarily pay little attention to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). But they should find reason to care, even insofar as mere statistics and size alone count.

How to Manage Mormon Missionaries

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I know all the clichés. We Mormons sometimes make fun of them ourselves. But as a mother whose daughter recently returned from the Houston, Texas mission, I've found that I have new insights about what is the best thing to do in various situations.

Meeting Saint Fleur Junior Charles

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.21.2016 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

Sometimes, no amount of research can prepare you for an interview. Such was my recent experience in interviewing Saint Fleur Junior Charles, a 32-year-old man brimming with courage, strength, and -- more recently, he says -- faith.

Huston Smith Has Studied Religion All His Life and There's Something He Wants You to Know

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Huston Smith was 93-years-old, plagued by hearing loss, weakened eyesight, and debilitating osteoporosis. You'd think he'd be ready to take it easy.

Pope's Apology For Imperialism Foreshadows Upcoming Canonization Of Junipero Serra

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) If Pope Francis’ powerful denunciation of the global economic system was the heart of his talk to Bolivians on Thursday (July 9), his apology ...

Lunch on Fiji: A Tale of the South Pacific

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

What in the world could Thomas Baker have been thinking when he started fiddling with a hair comb worn by a Fijian chief in 1867? After eight years on...

Fiji: Bula, Bula, Pass the Kava

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.30.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

In the 1830s, stories about the stewpots of Fiji finally brought a tsunami of pastors to the islands from the London Missionary Society, and later on canoe loads of Wesleyan Methodists from Tonga. Progress was slow at first, and a good number of soul-savers themselves ended up saved for Fijian feasts.

Canadian Pastor Goes Missing After Aid Trip To North Korea

Reuters | Andrea Hopkins | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

A head pastor of large Canadian church has failed to return from a humanitarian mission to North Korea, and the Canadian government has reached out ...

Why Some Synagogues Are Using Mission Trips To 'Heal The World'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian missionary work spans the globe. But Jewish mission trips? Your average American synagogue is not planning a congregatio...

Missing AirAsia Jet Carried A Young Family Of Korean Christian Missionaries

Wall Street Journal | JONATHAN CHENG AND MIN-JEONG LEE | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion

YEOSU, South Korea—The young Korean family aboard the AirAsia jetliner that vanished on Sunday belonged to a group of active South Korean travelers:...

American Ebola Survivor Kent Brantly Donates Blood To Fellow Missionary Doctor

Religion News Service | Karen Weintraub and Liz Szabo | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) An American physician who contracted Ebola while working in a West African hospital has received a blood transfusion from another American missi...

Grieving Town Buries Brutally Murdered Italian Nuns Who Served Africa More Than 50 Years

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Thursday (Sept. 11) in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo ...

Martin Scorsese To Direct Movie About Jesuit Missionaries

Religion News Service | Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead,” at least o...

Sectarian Scavengers

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

In Entebbe on August 9, more than one hundred LGBT Ugandans celebrated the first Pride Uganda since the Constitutional Court overturned the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) for being passed without a quorum.

Ann Coulter, Donald Trump Ebola Comments Prompt Christian Backlash

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Prominent conservative voices are criticizing the decision to bring two medical missionaries who contracted Ebola back to the United States for ...

Herpes Shows Up Like a Missionary

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Terrell

Herpes shows up like a missionary -- completely unexpected and completely inconvenient. Like said missionary, herpes stops by to warn how dangerously you lead your life. But, really, you know Goddess sent them here to punish you.

Vice President Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force On Ukraine Trip

Steve Horn | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDuring his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S. Cris...

Bianca Bosker

Meet The Mormon Church's First Online-Only Missionary | Bianca Bosker | Posted 04.11.2014 | Technology

Can people feel the Holy Sprit through a screen? Or accept a new faith via Facebook? Tyson Boardman had no idea. No one did. But as the Church of J...