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For months now, tensions have been brewing between Glide and the United Methodist Church. The two groups are entering talks to discuss next steps in their relationship. Reporter Marco Siler-Gonzales went to find out what that might mean for Glide.

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In India we all grew up reading the great epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata,

Sandip Roy: The Varkaris

Jul 18, 2018
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When the monsoon rains lash India most of us do our best to stay at home.

Truc Nguyen

 

Almost 60 years ago, the City of San Francisco named a unique street Brotherhood Way. On the south-side of Brotherhood Way, there’s a row of churches and faith-based institutions.

Churches help Bay Area Samoans keep traditions alive

Jun 25, 2018
Sara Harrison

 

There are the 50 states, of course, but there are 14 territories in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands that are also part of the United States. One of those is American Samoa.

Asal Ehsanipour / KALW News

 

Last Wednesday, Grace Cathedral hosted an event that got national attention: a Beyoncé Mass.

Asal Ehsanipour

Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic faith that began in ancient Iran over 3,000 years ago. The Bay Area happens to be a hub for the Zoroastrian community, whose global population has dwindled to just over 100,000. With Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebrations winding down, KALW’s Asal Ehsanipour set out to explore her roots by learning more about modern-day Zoroastrians in the Bay Area.

Sikh Coalition

 

Hate crimes against many communities have increased in recent years, and Indian Sikhs are no exception.

Philosophy Talk: Fractured Identities

Jan 23, 2018

How do you construct a coherent identity when you don’t feel like you fit in anywhere?


Philosophy Talk: What's Next? Death & the Afterlife

Dec 22, 2017

How could you, as a person, survive the destruction of your body?


Tom Levy

If you’re familiar with Black churches, you know that they’re lively and uplifting places. That’s how San Francisco native Yvette Flunder remembers hers.

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At first he was funny.  A bearded man with flowing hair dressed in his garish best, his forearms curly with knots of hair. But Ram Rahim is no ordinary rockstar. He’s a God man. 

Four religions, four takes on the afterlife

May 23, 2017
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Right now, a person born in this country will live to be 78.8 Years old. Not bad, but life expectancy has actually dropped in the U.S. for the first time in almost a quarter-century. And let’s face it: many of us don’t really think about mortality all that much.

Tom Levy

About 20% of American Muslims are converts — people who didn’t grow up with the religion and often don’t have any cultural ties.

Jaimal Yogis is a San Francisco author who lives at Ocean Beach with his wife and three sons. He spent many years traveling the world seeking spiritual enlightenment. That time is captured in his upcoming book All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride. Jaimal sat down with a fellow surfer, KALW’s Ben Trefny, to talk about it.

A spiritual haven for African refugees in Kansas City

Apr 11, 2017
Steve Mencher

Mid-February in Kansas City is usually a time for sweaters and scraping ice off your windshield. Not really when you'd expect to be firing up an air pump to inflate a kiddie pool. But the pool, if it holds air and water, may have a higher calling.

The Bay Area has about 250 thousand Muslim residents – more than three percent of the region’s population. But what many people know about Islam is limited to anti-Muslim messages that have come from the highest political office holders.

Commentary: Are all Buddhists atheists?

Dec 2, 2016
Front Group

In the comments on our Nov. 21 story, "Some, None or Done: A Zen Atheist," listeners discussed whether Buddhism is theistic or non-theistic. We asked  John Nelson, a scholar of religion who serves on The Spiritual Edge's academic advisory committee, to help us understand the issue:

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Nov 29, 2016

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

San Quentin Prison Report: A nephew's forgiveness

Sep 21, 2016
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Incubating progressive leadership in the Black Church

Sep 19, 2016
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Mike McBride is pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley. He’s also the Director of Urban Strategies for the PICO National Network of progressive, faith-based organizations.

Philosophy Talk: Do religions deserve special status?

Sep 9, 2016
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What special status, if any, should religion have in the eyes of the law? 


Courtesy of Aroup Chaterjee

As I sat down to lunch in Kolkata on Sunday, far away in Vatican City, the woman who made Kolkata famous around the world was becoming a saint.

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Last week Kolkata was busy celebrating a birthday with flowers, candles, cards and songs.

A shepherd finds the perfect flock

May 10, 2016
Michael Pisais

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church sits on a quiet residential corner in the outer Sunset district of San Francisco.

Philosophy Talk asks about good, evil, and the divine plan

Dec 22, 2015

What kind of divinity allows its believers to suffer?


Philosophy Talk asks about Taoism

Dec 11, 2015

Is Taoism a religion, a philosophy, a spiritual practice, or a way of life? 


What was so dangerous about Spinoza's ideas that he was ex-communicated for them?


Black churches opening up about mental health

Sep 1, 2015
Alyssa Kapnik Samuel

In many African American communities, mental health issues have a history of being undertreated and underdiagnosed. According to the federal government’s Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population, but less likely to seek treatment.

Hana Baba

About 20 Muslim families are gathered on a hilltop outside the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, just after sunset. A water fountain bubbles, women and men chat, kids run around with snacks in their hands, and everyone at some point or another, looks up to the sky. They are moonsighting, scanning the sky for the new crescent moon that will signify the beginning of the month, Ramadan. 

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