UA-130573019-1 2019 September

Archive for September 2019

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest country in sub-saharan Africa. The area has struggled with outbreaks of both ebola and measles, and the province of Kivu has seen broad conflict and the UN’s largest and most expensive peacekeeping mission that's been in operation since 2010. 

When government and social systems fail, it's often the church that steps in to save the people. This is an example in one of the world's poorest places. 

Host Bill Baker met Bishop Djomo in New York to learn about the role the Catholic Church plays in supporting the stability of Congo. 

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Our guest this week serves in an unexpected ministry – volunteer chaplain at a reproductive health clinic. Scholar, activist, and Presbyterian minister Reverend Marvin Ellison is professor emeritus in Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary.  He has spent a career working for a more nuanced understanding of of the awesome power of human reproduction.  

Beliefs producer Jay Woodward met with Rev. Ellison at his home in Portland, Maine. 

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Tracking the path of religion through childhood, relationship, and parenting. 



Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on issues regarding child welfare, as well as a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. She also writes about parenting, higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture.  

Naomi and I met to look back across her work and research to explore the relationship between children, partners, and religion. 

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Faith and Politics – Debate Prep with RNS National Reporter Jack Jenkins 



The third round of Democratic party debates on September 12th shrinks the field of candidates down to ten. To break down how faith and religion is affecting the debates we’re speaking with RNS reporter Jack Jenkins, about what voters of faith are seeking in their candidates, and what candidates are trying to say to voters. 

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A new national reporter, Alejandra Molina, is joining the newsroom at RNS. Molina will be reporting on Latinx religion in the U.S. Molina most recently served as Journalist in Residence at the University of Southern California and as Equitable Cities Fellow at Next City. In 2018, she was named one of the 15 most influential Latina journalists by Latino Journalists of California.


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