April 9, 2008 — Five religious women speak about their views on social justice. Four of them are sisters, and also Catholic nuns. The Rev. Peg Chemberlin is president-elect of the National Council of Churches. Guests: Kate, Rita, Brigid & Jane McDonald: Sisters and Catholic nuns, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul. Rev. Peg Chemberlin: President-elect, National Council of Churches. Executive director, Minnesota Council of Churches.
July 9, 2003 — An Evangelical Lutheran Bishop says the prayers of people throughout the nation were answered following today's release of a St Paul Hmong-American pastor from a Lao jail. Authorities released Rev. Naw-Karl Mua and two journalists following intense diplomatic pressure by the French, Belgian and U.S. governments; and reportedly a payment of nearly 25-hundred dollars from Mua's wife to Lao authorities. Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Stawicki reports:
June 16, 2003 — Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the 20th century's greatest Christian theologians. He also was involved in several attempts to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Host Krista Tippett speaks with Martin Doblmeier, director of the new documentary Bonhoeffer, which examines how this pacifistic figure struggled with some of the greatest moral issues of his day, and became an emblem of personal faith and conscience.
June 13, 2003 — A Hmong pastor from St. Paul is one of three men being detained in Laos. Karl Mua is the pastor of the Light of Life Lutheran Church in St. Paul. The Lao government says he was arrested, along with two international journalists, for helping "bandits" kill a security official in a remote village. But at least one international reporters' group has said it fears the journalists are being punished for reporting on Hmong rebels. Peter Rogness (ROG -- like cog -- ness) is the bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and he's on the line now. That is bishop Peter Rogness (ROG -- like cog -- ness) of the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
April 24, 2002 — Patrick Schiltz, Interim Dean of the University of St. Thomas Law School, talks about the American Catholic Cardinals meeting with the Pope in Rome to discuss sex abuse by priests.
April 23, 2002 — Polygamy is illegal in Minnesota. Yet activists in some immigrant groups in the Twin Cities say, while the practice is kept under wraps, it is relatively common. Younger members of the Hmong community are now trying to get the issue out into the open.
May 7, 2001 — An MPR special: A Simple Buddhist Monk. The special is about buddhism and the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
April 6, 2001 — As the sun sets on Saturday night, Jews will gather to celebrate the first night of Passover. The eight-day festival begins with family and friends participating in a ritual meal called a Seder. The leader of the Seder tells the story of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The Jewish slaves didn't have time to allow their bread dough to rise. What resulted was a flat, cracker-like bread called matzah. Chaim Goldberger (Hy-am) is a modern orthodox Rabbi at the Kenesseth (Ken-ess-et) Israel Synagogue in St. Louis Park. He says that in observing Passover, Jews are commanded to eat matzah. Opening excerpt: The Torah tells us that there is a link between dough and a human being; mixing a dusty flour with water to create bread and humans. Yeast makes bread rise and is the human equivalent for ego. Unleavened bread takes the ego out of the bread and human…
December 20, 2000 — The latest edition of "A Common Place" about children and religion.
December 5, 2000 — The second hour of Midday and the latest edition of our "Voices of Minnesota" series features the recently retired Catholic Bishop of New Ulm, Raymond Lucker. During his twenty five years of service, his outspoken and liberal views were often controversial. The program also includes Rabbi Bernard Raskes interview and Dan Gunderson report on faith-based healing.