On Sunday, I gave a talk to a Jewish congregation in Bethesda, Md. My remarks were mainly focused on interfaith relations, why they are important and where they are heading in the 21st century.
NCR Today: "Pink Smoke" in Raleigh, N.C.; German dioceses open books to public; Eid al-Adha; and more.
Spirit Day is Thursday, Oct. 17. It is a day when millions of people wear purple to support LGBT youth and oppose bullying. In addition to celebrities, landmarks, media outlets, and everyday people, congregations and faith organizations are also going purple.
NCR readers in Boston, mark your calendars. Two NCR contributors are featured speakers at Boston College’s The Church in the 21st Century Center
Oct. 23, 6:00 p.m.
NCR columnist Phyllis Zagano will address the topic “Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future” at Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium, Brighton Campus. For more information and registration, click here.
NCR Today: Could Nienstedt lose his job?; earthquake strikes central Philippines; women and girl altar servers questioned; conservatives question pope.
The government is still shut down, and the debt ceiling has not been officially raised. Yet there is movement that suggests a deal may be close at hand. It is not too soon to be thinking about lessons to be learned from this experience and steps that could be taken to prevent such crises from continuing to occur over and over.
So it turns out there is a silver lining to the shambles of the Tea Party fiasco forced shut down of the U.S. government. And it goes well beyond two weeks of multiple media examples of vital (and now missing) federal government programs. And it goes beyond the well deserved marginalization of the Republican Party. And it goes ever beyond raising up President Obama and the Affordable Health Care Act in public polls.
Dr. Akbar Ahmed was named by the BBC as the world's foremost Islamic scholar a few years ago. Although I'm sure there are other contenders for that honor in the Muslim world, he is surely one of the best. He is also an internationally recognized leader in interfaith relations.
Dr. Ahmed is on the board of "Interfaith Voices." I've known and respected him for years. This spring, after Pope Francis was elected and spent a couple months in office, I asked Dr. Ahmed what he thought of the new pope.
NCR Today: More mess in Minneapolis; Limburg, Germany, bishop fighting for his job; changes come to S.D. diocese.
In Rome, there is a debate over whether a former Nazi officer responsible for the massacre of 335 Italians in 1944, including 57 Jews, should get a Catholic funeral.