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The call for congregation


The steady call to reopen churches –amplified by Presidential encouragement- is thrilling to some and alarming others. How do we return to worship when the act of group singing, chanting, and praying can be so dangerous? 

How can churches be told to cease their primary function? 

Beliefs producer Jay Woodward spoke with RNS opinion columnist Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, and RNS Editor-In Chief Bob Smietana to assess the tensions facing churches across the country. 

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A ministry of song and service, with devotion to the most invisible among us.  

The husband and wife singer-songwriting team of Al and Andi Tauber, Urban Mennonites: 

They seek and value the simple life – in much the same way as their Amish and Quaker spiritual cousins, but their calling returns them to urban spaces; to pressing societal concerns. 
This episode of Beliefs was produced by Monique Parsons in collaboration  with KALW's The Spiritual Edgethe University of California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and Religion News Service. 

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The ritual of remains.

We all have Beliefs on where our soul goes upon death.  
What remains is just that – remains.  
How do we honor the vessel that held the person we used to know? 
From earth to water, and even to the sky, 
delivering the body back to dust contains deep ritual for many faith traditions.  

Bill Baker speaks with Hamilton College Professor S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate  
to find guidance on the comfort of the ritual of passing. 

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America leans in to faith

To understand who we are,  and what our numbers signify, we turn to the math, to the staticians. 

Some among us combine psychology, algebra, opinion, and faith to read the rivers of American opinion.   

Greg Smith is associate director of research at Pew Research Center.  He helps to coordinate the Center’s domestic polling on religion. 

As the world gets stranger, we look for answers - from the divine, and from the numbers...  

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