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St. Louis on the Air
1:13 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Police Department Chaplain: Uniform And Race Bias ‘Part Of The Tragedy’

Rabbi Mark Shook
Credit Courtesy of Mark Shook

Members of the clergy have taken on important roles since the August shooting death of an unarmed black man by a police officer in Ferguson. That’s also true within the St. Louis County Police Department.

The department has 23 volunteer chaplains from 11 denominations who have focused on the needs of police officers and their families, program coordinator Rabbi Mark Shook told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday. The chaplains often have an opportunity to talk with officers during breaks.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:14 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Church Leader: Ferguson Is About All Of Us

The Very Rev. Mike Kinman prepares for an interview Tuesday with 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh at St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Religious leaders have actively addressed Ferguson issues and participated in Ferguson demonstrations since August. For the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, getting involved comes down to one word: Listen.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Priest Silenced By Vatican Shares His Story, Views On The Catholic Church

Tony Flannery
Credit Courtesy of Call to Action

In 2012, Tony Flannery, an Irish priest and religious writer, found out the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s watchdog group, was displeased with some of his writings about the church.

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Beyond Ferguson
5:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Clergy's Role In The Ferguson Protests Is Controversial And Expected

Clergy stand guard around a memorial to Mike Brown and other victims of police violence on October 14, 2014. The action was part of a day of civil disobedience.
Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

Though he didn’t want to go to jail, Rabbi Ari Kaiman, the assistant rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona, was willing to be arrested in front of the Ferguson police station on Monday.

It was the fifth day of Sukkot, the holiday during which Jews are commanded to dwell outside in temporary houses with open roofs. The holiday calls for an act of vulnerability, Kaiman said, trusting that God will provide the protection needed.

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Teacher and preacher
3:32 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

The Rev. Sean Martin Will Be The First Non-Dominican To Head Aquinas Institute

The Rev. Sean Martin
Credit Provided by Aquinas

Today, for the first time in the 88 years since the Dominican friars founded Aquinas Institute of Theology, a scholar and priest who is not a Dominican becomes its president.

Father Seán Charles Martin is the new Aquinas president.

“It is a big step for us because in our long history we have always had a Dominican,” the Very Rev Charles Bouchard said. He's the Dominican provincial, its elected leader, over 14 states from Michigan to New Mexico, who made today’s announcement in Chicago.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Author Examines Jesus As A Historical Figure

Reza Aslan spoke at the Indian Summer Festival in in July 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Credit us_mission_canada via Flickr

Who was Jesus? Much has been written about his religious influence, but less is known about the man from a historical perspective.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:41 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

How Are Religious Leaders Responding To Ferguson?

Protesters gather in Ferguson.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren I St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

As communities seek leaders, members of the clergy are responding.

After the death of Michael Brown, followed by looting, riots, peaceful protests and arrests, local clergy and religious congregations are responding to the turmoil in Ferguson. On Wednesday, we talked to some of those leaders:

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Student Religious Liberties Act
5:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

New Law Protects Religious Expression At Missouri's Public Schools

Elijah Haahr
Credit Campaign site

A newly signed law designed to protect religious expression in Missouri’s public schools reinforces a constitutional amendment passed two years ago, but some say that it could lead to fewer opportunities for students to express their religious views.

The law, HB1303, was signed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon. Dubbed the “Missouri Student Religious Liberties Act,” it says that:

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Good Friday Blues
5:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Cathedral's Unique Good Friday Service Merges The Gospel And The Blues

Christ Church Cathedral is a national historic landmark
Credit Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

The blues will spill out the open front doors of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis on Good Friday evening as local performers join in a service that blends religion with music rooted in city tradition.

The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of the Episcopal cathedral, says blues will be incorporated throughout the program. The service will begin with a dramatic reading of gospel accounts of the passion of Jesus Christ and will conclude with a live concert.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:58 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Author Discussion: 'Mission at Nuremberg'

Credit Wm Morrow

At the close of World War II, Adolph Hitler committed suicide rather than face a world not shaped to his liking. So too did high-ranking Nazi officials Joseph Goebbel and Heinrich Himmler. But 23 of the leaders of the Third Reich remained alive to face justice for their crimes.

From November 1945 to October 1946, the world watched as the Allied forces tried 21 of those leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the background, unnoticed by most, was an army chaplain from St. Louis named Henry Gerecke.

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