Religion & Faith

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The faithful are still reeling from revelations unearthed a 900-page Grand Jury report implicating 300 "predator priests" across six Pennsylvania dioceses, including 99 in Pittsburgh alone.

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The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have lived on a hill in Millvale for more than 100 years: they started a hospital and a high school and taught generations of children.

But over the years their numbers have dwindled, and the order has decided to sell its 25-acre campus, Mount Alvernia.

The Sociology Behind The Future Of Religion

Dec 23, 2015
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According to a recent Pew Research poll on the religious landscape in the United States, more than a third of millennials are not identifying with any faith population and more than 72 percent of nonaffiliated individuals are below 50.  The news coincides with the closures or mergers of many churches in the region. But how does this impact the future of religion throughout western Pennsylvania and the United States? Dr. Sarah MacMillen, a sociology professor at Duquesne University, says this has been a trend partially predicted and partially circumstantial.  She joins us in studio with more.

Orthodox Churches Prepare for Christmas

Jan 5, 2015

Just as the holiday festivities begin winding down for many Christians, Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville is putting up trees and preparing Christmas hymns. Southwestern Pennsylvania is home to dozens of orthodox parishes including Saint Nicholas, many of which follow a different liturgical calendar that places Christmas on January 7th.

Cornerstone Praise Network Expanding in Pittsburgh

Nov 4, 2014

Cornerstone Television has announced the launch of its new affiliate, the Pittsburgh Faith and Family Channel, which features a partnership with Christian churches in the region

The station replaced the Bible Discovery Network with its soft launch on August 17, and now is expected to add additional programming to the lineup, increasing from 72 hours to 108.

Buddhist Relics On Display In Pittsburgh

Oct 9, 2014
courtesy Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour

This week Chatham University is hosting a traveling exhibition of thousands of Buddhist relics, including one that organizers of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour believe belonged to the religion's founder.

Most of the relics are of the type known in the Tibetan tradition as "ringsel," according to tour manager Amanda Karg.

"They look like pearl-like crystals or jewels," Karg said. "We only find these relics in the cremation remains of people who are highly realized and great saints."

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Despite an impassioned speech from Republican Allegheny County Councilwoman Sue Means, an initiative to place the words “In God We Trust” above the Bill of Rights in Council Chambers failed Tuesday night.

Six members of Council voted for the bill, while eight voted against it. A bill needs eight affirmative votes to pass.

After months of planning and preparation, Pittsburgh will host Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, and a variety of Christian speakers and musicians this weekend during the Three Rivers Festival of Hope.

Cynthia Scott, Chair of the Leadership Team for the festival, says Pittsburgh has not seen a religious gathering of this magnitude since Billy Graham visited in 1993.

Reza Aslan on The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Sep 12, 2013

Religious scholar and best-selling author, Reza Aslan challenges many long-held assumptions about the leader of the Christian religion in his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

He has received criticism for his frank examination of the 1st century Jewish leader because he does not paint Jesus as a celestial “deity on earth.”

Instead, Aslan has illustrated the political and social importance of his life. “When you’re ushering in the rule of God, you’re ushering out the rule of Caesar,” he explains.

Black & Gold Devotion and the Steeler Fan Diaspora

Sep 5, 2013
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For Steelers fans living outside the city, it isn’t hard to find a nearby Steelers bar. But with more than 700 in the United States, Pittsburgh devotees can connect across the country to cheer on the iconic football franchise.

This diaspora of fans grew out of the economic decline of the 1970s and '80s when many Pittsburghers had to leave the city to find jobs.

But as PRX reporter Lauren Ober observes, “You can leave Pittsburgh, but the black and gold never leaves you.”

Black and Gold Religion

From wrapping newborns in Terrible Towels to black and gold wedding cakes, Steelers fans are notorious for their passionate devotion.

More than 3,000 people are gathering in Pittsburgh for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America biennial church-wide assembly.

Each time the group meets, it releases a statement on a specific social issue.

“(This year) we will be considering a proposed social statement called ‘The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries,’ said Kurt Kusserow, bishop of the local synod. "This is a social statement that tries to understand both the experience of victims in our criminal justice system and the justice system itself.”

Lewis, Tolkien and the 'True Myths' of Faith

Jun 24, 2013
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Steve Tuell studies Hebrew and the Old Testament at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. As a theologian and a scholar of ancient languages, he has a special appreciation for the fantasy fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.