Religion

Adora Namigadde

Andrea McCanney started dabbling in Hinduism five years ago. Now the ritual coordinator for Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple of Ohio, in Delaware, McCanney's commitment has reached a level that she's working on legally changing her name.

"My spiritual name is Nithya Guru Priya,” she says.

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday in a Missouri case with the potential to open grant programs to parochial schools.

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Sunday services at Five14 Church begin loud.

Worshippers are greeted into with heavy bass and synth beats. The morning starts off with a game, delivered by a standup comedian. At the nondenominational New Albany church, this is gospel.

The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country.

For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-sex marriage and other practices that go against their beliefs. LGBT advocates and their allies, meanwhile, say no one in the United States should face discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

Hundreds were detained at airports around the country Saturday in a chaotic and confusing day following President Trump's Friday night executive order temporarily banning Muslims from seven countries.

It spurred protests and backlash — even from some in Trump's own party, for either mismanagement of the rollout of the order or the values it represents.

The Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Northern Virginia has seen its share of attention. Two of the hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks prayed there, and jihadi propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki served as an imam at the mosque before heading off to Yemen to join al-Qaida.

Now, with a U.S. president-elect who has suggested he will take a hard line with Muslim-Americans, the worshipers at Dar al-Hijrah again are bracing for scrutiny and looking for reassurance.

LGBTQ Members of Religious Faith

Jun 14, 2016
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Christian rock band, Everyday Sunday, made national news when the band's founder, Trey Pearson, came out as gay. Today, we will discuss the intersection of faith and sexuality and how different faiths understand homosexuality within their teachings. 

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A bill in the Ohio Statehouse seeks to ensure that public school students who want to express their religious viewpoints can get the same access to school facilities as secular student groups.

Psychology and Religion

Dec 4, 2015
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More than 4,000 religions exist today. But no matter how different some may seem, all are centered around 16 psychological needs deeply rooted in human nature. Whether you're religious or not, everyone has a spiritual personality. A new book, “The 16 Strivings for God: The New Psychology of Religious Experiences” explores those needs and the psychology behind them. 

Psychology and Religion

Nov 2, 2015
Mercer University Press

More than 4,000 religions exist today. But no matter how different some may seem, all are centered around 16 psychological needs deeply rooted in human nature. Whether you're religious or not, everyone has a spiritual personality. A new book, “The 16 Strivings for God: The New Psychology of Religious Experiences” explores those needs and the psychology behind them. 

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Lawyers for the Central Ohio megachurch World Harvest Church and its former insurance company are squaring off in the Ohio Supreme Court over payment of $3.1 million settlement in a lawsuit over the alleged beating of a toddler at the church.

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Central Ohio Congressman Pat Tiberi was in the audience this morning for Pope Francis' speech to Congress. Tiberi, a Catholic, called the occasion historic and the highlight of a life time.

Mayor Stands Behind Head Scarf Ban For Police

Aug 18, 2015
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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says he supports the decision by Police Chief Kim Jacobs to ban officers from wearing headscarves for religious reasons. The issue came to light after Ismahan Isse, a Somali-American and Muslim woman, left the Columbus police academy in March because of the department's rule.

The Changing U.S. Religious Landscape

May 22, 2015
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Nearly one-fourth of Americans define themselves as "religiously unaffiliated," according to a recent study by the PEW Research Center. Coming up, how the U.S. landscape of religion, spirituality and secularism is changing. 

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As the country awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, clergy are weighing possible options. WOSU takes a look at the controversy through the eyes of two denominations.

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