religion en Christian leaders speak up for same-sex marriage: "We stand with the God of compassion" <p>A group of Metro Detroit clergy leaders stood together Thursday to send a clear message: They support same-sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT people.</p><p>They also strongly condemned some of their fellow Michigan Christian leaders who are fighting to uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>Last week, a group of about 200, mostly Michigan-based black pastors declared that “the fight is on” to protect “traditional” marriage.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17730 at Christian leaders speak up for same-sex marriage: "We stand with the God of compassion" Arab American festival in Dearborn canceled once again <p>The festival has been canceled for the second year in a row due to higher liability insurance costs for festival organizers.</p><p>The three-day festival in Dearborn celebrated Arab culture and was one the largest gatherings of Arab Americans in the U.S., but it also attracted anti-Islamic protestors and Christian missionaries from around the country.</p><p>Niraj Warikoo reports for the&nbsp;<a href="">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Tensions at the festival broke out in 2010 when a group of Christian missionaries arrived with video cameras to record their attempts to debate Muslims. Some were arrested for disturbing the peace, though later acquitted of most charges. Their arrests drew outrage from conservatives across the U.S.</p><p>Another Christian group filed a lawsuit against the city, saying the missionaries were restricted in where they could distribute their literature. In 2012, a separate&nbsp;<a alt="" href="" target="_blank" title="">group of Christians brought a pig’s head mounted on a pole&nbsp;</a>with anti-Islam signs, resulting in some youth hurling bottles at them.</p></blockquote><p>Warikoo reports that Dearborn was forced to pay $300,000 to the Christian missionaries arrested in 2010.</p><p>The Arab-American Chamber of Commerce says they’re still looking for ways to move forward with the festival.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:52:10 +0000 Mark Brush 17417 at Arab American festival in Dearborn canceled once again Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems <p>TRAVERSE CITY –&nbsp;Many fish markets in the Great Lakes region are running short of whitefish, and it's coming at a bad time: the Passover holiday.</p><p>Whitefish is a key ingredient in gefilte fish, a traditional Jewish dish that originates in eastern Europe. Recipes vary, but it often consists of ground fish, vegetables such as onion and carrots, and bread crumbs formed into loaves or balls.</p><p>The shortfall results partly from the bitterly cold winter that caused vast sections of the Great Lakes to freeze over. The ice cover kept some commercial fishing crews stuck in port. A drop in the whitefish population is also to blame.</p><p>Kevin Dean of Superior Fish Co. near Detroit says his latest shipment amounted to just 75 pounds, although he requested 500 pounds.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:32:14 +0000 The Associated Press 17231 at Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems This is what it sounds like when a neighborhood church closes <p>St. Henry’s in Lincoln Park held its first Mass on June 3, 1923 and its last Mass on March 2, 2014.</p><p>At the end of the church’s final Mass, parish members took the most important objects and walked them out the door.</p><p>The holy oils were carried by five members of the Olive family. Jackie and Bill Balmes carried out the marriage registry (they’ve been married for 65 years). Four men, including Jim Bomia and his two grandsons, lifted the crucifix off the wall (it weighed several hundred pounds), and walked it down the aisle and out the door.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17119 at This is what it sounds like when a neighborhood church closes How one Michigan church is changing its views on gay marriage <p>There can be little doubt that we are living at a time when our attitudes as a society are undergoing a tremendous shift in what we think of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.</p><p>Recently, <a href="">we spoke on this show</a> with Michigan State University professor Charley Ballard, who directs the state of the state surveys. The most recent MSU survey found, for instance, that 54% of Michiganders support gay marriage, with 36% opposing it.</p><p>Just four years ago, gay marriage was opposed by 51% and favored by 48% of those surveyed.</p><p>That is the view from social science. But what about the view from the pulpit?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ken Wilson is pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor. The evangelical minister has spent years wrestling with this question:&nbsp; Where do we – as a Christian faith community – draw the line on the gay marriage issue?</span></p><p>His journey to rethinking his beliefs about where LBGT people fit into what he calls “the company of Jesus” is spelled out in his new book “A Letter to my Congregation:&nbsp; An evangelical pastor's path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus.”</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:24:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 16828 at How one Michigan church is changing its views on gay marriage CMU class teaches religion by examining 'The Walking Dead' <p>A college class that involves poring over ancient biblical texts might not inspire much excitement.</p><p>But a college class that teaches some of the same lessons using zombies? Ah, that's going to grab 'em!</p><p>That's the idea behind a religion class at Central Michigan University that has, indeed, grabbed a lot of attention. It's called "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead,'" and it’s taught by religion professor Kelly Jean Murphy.</p><p>CMU student Carl Huber is a junior who is double-majoring in Comparative Religion and Sociology, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:46:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 16841 at CMU class teaches religion by examining 'The Walking Dead' Nation of Islam's Farrakhan to speak in Detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan will deliver the keynote speech on the final day of the movement's four-day convention in Detroit.</p><p></p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:05:20 +0000 Associated Press 16566 at Nation of Islam's Farrakhan to speak in Detroit St. Clair County Jail implements new policy for religious diets <p>The St. Clair County Jail has installed new procedures for inmates who request religious diets.</p><p>Until now, inmates who wanted religious diets were required to pass a written exam that tested their knowledge of their faith.</p><p>A lawsuit filed last year by the Council on American-Islamic Relations claimed that policy was unconstitutional.</p><p>The case concerned Aaron Utley, a Muslim man and a former inmate at the jail, who was denied a Halal diet – in keeping with Islamic tradition – after failing a test on Islam.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:45:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16556 at St. Clair County Jail implements new policy for religious diets Brighton High School students don hijabs to explore literature, religion and identity <p></p><p>Maybe more than any other, high school can be a time when what you choose to wear has a huge impact on your sense of identity.</p><p>As students take their first steps into adulthood, they walk a fine line between fitting in with their peers and developing a unique sense of self.</p><p>Earlier this fall, a group of AP language students at Brighton High School were asked to read a memoir by Iranian author Azar Nafisi. The book detailed the experiences of women during that country's religious revolution, including dealing with new standards of modesty in the way they dressed.</p><p>To experience the material first-hand, several girls in the class in Brighton chose to spend a full school day wearing hijabs, the head-scarves worn by Muslim women in many parts of the world.</p><p>The exercise gave students a chance to learn about an unfamiliar culture and religion. But in a school community where no students and only one teacher outwardly practice Islam, wearing the scarves was a good way to draw curious looks, questions and a few unfriendly comments.</p><p>Teacher Diana Mason and three students at Brighton who took part recently told Stateside about the experience.</p><p>-<em> John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:25:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15718 at Brighton High School students don hijabs to explore literature, religion and identity Buddhism's growing place in our culture <div><p>There is no questioning the data: Buddhism is a force to be reckoned with. Estimates of the number of practicing Buddhists around the world ranges from 350-million all the way up to 1.6 billion.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Buddhism is also recognized as one of the fastest-growing religions in the world.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Michigan professor has spent the past 12 years putting together what's being hailed as the most authoritative and comprehensive reference on Buddhism ever produced in English.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is "The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism," co-authored by Robert Buswell of UCLA, and Donald Lopez.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He is the Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and he is a Distinguished Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan.</span></div><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:04:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 15353 at Buddhism's growing place in our culture How do Michigan Catholics view Pope Francis? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It has been seven months since the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario </span>Bergoglio<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was chosen as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.</span></p><p>He took the name Francis. And s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ince then, the Argentinean pontiff has caught the world's attention, ruffling more than a few conservative feathers with his words on abortion and gay rights, attempts to reform the way the Vatican runs, and how the Catholic Church connects with the people.</span></p><p>We wondered how much impact Pope Francis is having on Catholics in Michigan, and how he’s seen by members of other religions.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We began the conversation with Dave Willey, the Rome correspondent for the BBC.</span></p><p></p><p>Then, we hear from Jesuit priest&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Father Karl&nbsp;Kiser, and Baptist minister&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ural Hill.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 14881 at How do Michigan Catholics view Pope Francis? You're not alone, billboard tells nonreligious <p>A billboard alongside a highway in western Michigan is spreading the message that religion is something people can live without.</p><p></p> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 18:31:49 +0000 Associated Press 14739 at You're not alone, billboard tells nonreligious Michigan organization combines faith with environmental stewardship <p>It’s been written "you will know them by their fruits." And what some congregations of faith are harvesting these days is energy - saving energy, and producing energy from the sun and from the wind.</p><p>Julie Lyons Bricker is the executive director of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that aims to get Michigan faith communities involved with promoting and implementing energy efficient practices.&nbsp;</p><p>Bricker joined us in the studio today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:08:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 13215 at Michigan organization combines faith with environmental stewardship Can American politics learn something from religion? <p>One of the most frustrating aspects of living in American in 2013 is the way we seem to have lost a sense of being on the same team.&nbsp;</p><p>Instead of thinking of ourselves as Americans or Michiganders, it's all too often Democrats or Republicans, Christian, or Muslim.&nbsp;</p><p>This deep sense of division leads to gridlock in Congress and in Lansing.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:56:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 12567 at Can American politics learn something from religion? Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced he will not run for re-election. What does this means for the city moving forward while currently under emergency management?</span></p><p>And we took a look at what's behind Michigan's high infant mortality rate.</p><p>And author, theologian, preacher, and social activist Jim Wallis joined us to talk about his book and <em>The Common Good</em> for America.</p><p>But first in the show, we got an update on the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, where crews are trying to figure out what caused the release of slightly radioactive water.</p><p>The plant was shut down a little over a week ago because of the leak, and crews say they have discovered a new crack in a water tank that has been leaking on and off for at least two years. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith discussed the issue with us. Tue, 14 May 2013 20:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 12562 at Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Ann Arbor nuns going to finals on 'American Bible Challenge' game show <p>Sure, the three sisters from Ann Arbor's Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are probably going to beat you in a game of trivia about the Bible.</p><p>But you wouldn't expect them to take you on the physical challenges as well.</p><p>It turns out Sister Evangeline, Sister Peter Joseph and Sister Maria Suso are pretty darn good at flipping forks into glasses:</p><p></p><p>"American Bible Challenge" airs on the Game Show Network at 9 p.m. Thursdays.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:00:52 +0000 Mark Brush 12180 at Ann Arbor nuns going to finals on 'American Bible Challenge' game show Good Friday <p>Christians across Michigan are observing Good Friday.</p><p>Observances are taking place in many different places.</p><p>Beginning outside the state capitol building, a few hundred members of Lansing’s Christo Rey church followed a group of actors through the streets of the state capitol as they recreated the biblical story of Jesus’ crucifixion.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Holy week observances conclude on Easter Sunday.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:48:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 11933 at Good Friday Michigan lawmaker introduces religious holiday-school attendance bill <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Democratic Michigan lawmaker wants to ensure that students are not penalized for missing school to observe a religious holiday.<br><br>Democratic Rep. Kate Segal of Battle Creek recently introduced a bill that would prohibit public school officials from counting days students take off to observe religious holidays against them when handing out perfect attendance or other awards.<br><br>Segal said in a statement that if children make up their missed work they should not have to choose "between observing their faith and boosting their academic resume."<br> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:09:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11720 at Stateside for Wednesday, March 13, 2013 <p>2012 was a pretty terrible year for Michigan farmers.</p><p>On today's show, we'll take a look at what 2013 has in store, and what it means for the state's economy.</p><p>And, a few days before Saint Patrick's Day, we meet a Michigan musician who is immersed in both Irish music and Techno music.<br><br>But first, ever since last month when the world was stunned by Pope Benedict the 16's resignation, and today's announcement of a new Pope, religion has been on the minds of many, and that includes&nbsp; Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst.</p><p>We spoke with Jack about the religious views of Michigan's legislators. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:13:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 11682 at Stateside for Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Michigan judge extends McDonald's halal meat case 4 weeks <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan judge has approved a delay in closing a $700,000 settlement between McDonald's and Muslims who were mistakenly told that food at a restaurant conformed to Islamic dietary rules.<br><br>Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald on Monday granted a 28-day extension of a notice period in the case and lifted an injunction against a lawyer not originally connected with the case from making public statements. A final settlement hearing is scheduled April 17.<br><br>The Jaafar and Mahdi Law Group filed the suit and agreed to the judge's actions.<br> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:44:10 +0000 The Associated Press 11635 at