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New Chabad Directors Seek to Serve Jewish Students at Rice University

Posted on · Rabbi Shmuli Slonim and his wife Nechama Slonim are the new directors of the Chabad Jewish Center at Rice University, where they will serve Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. We talk with Rabbi Slonim about his journey from Australia to New York — and now to Houston. Plus we learn about the differences between Chabads […]

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Uncovered: Houston Author Leah Lax Discusses Leaving the Hasidic Faith

Posted on · Houston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected […]

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Rescuing Jesus: Women, Minorities and LGBT Christians Look to Reclaim Evangelicalism

Posted on · The annual Gay Christian Network Conference kicks off in Houston today (Jan. 7, 2016) and runs through the weekend. Deborah Jian Lee will present on one of the panels at the conference. She’s the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. We talk with her about her […]

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Texas is Home to the Most Megachurches

Posted on · Greater Houston is home to more than forty megachurches – those are Protestant congregations with a sustained attendance of 2,000 or more per week. And among those are some prominent examples: Lakewood Church and Second Baptist Church – two of the ten largest megachurches in the nation, according to a recent study from the Hartford Institute for […]

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Houston Faith Communities Hope to Appeal to Millenials

Posted on · Studies show fewer adults under the age of 30 choose to affiliate with a religion. Are they walking away from faith, or towards something else? And what are Houston area religious leaders doing about it? We talk over the rise of religiously unaffiliated Houstonians with Anthony Pinn, a Professor of Humanities and Religion at Rice […]

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LGBT Rights, plus Millennials and Religion: Friday’s show (June 26, 2015)

Posted on · The US Supreme Court today, in a 5-4 ruling, declared state bans on same sex marriages unconstitutional. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy based the opinion on the due process and equal protection clauses in the 14th Amendment, writing that same sex couples, too, have a “fundamental right to marry.” To put it mildly, […]

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How Have Views on Religion Changed in the Past Decade?

Posted on · What do Americans think of religious these days? Penny Edgell, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, recently gave a lecture hosted by Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program on her work addressing Americans’ attitudes about public religious expression. We talk with her about what her research suggests is a growing divide between people of […]

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Sleep and Sleep Disorders, and Finding a Community of Faith: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Posted on · Ahh the sweet caress of sleep. It’s where our bodies recharge and our minds defragment. Of course, we all know we’re supposed to get eight hours of sleep a night. But too often we’re forced to live by the philosophy of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” squeezing in four hours here, a power nap there, […]

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Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: A Conversation with David McAfee

Posted on · David McAfee grew up going to church with his family, but says he never really believed the stories of the Bible were true. But when he discovered that his family truly did believe them, instead of being driven away from religion he became obsessed with learning more about it – so much so that he […]

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How a Former Atheist Became an Episcopal Minister

Posted on · A few weeks back, Rev. Clay Lein delivered his first sermon as the new rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks. But he wasn’t always a religious man. He’s a former electrical engineer who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” How did he find himself heading up a 4,000 strong Episcopal congregation in Houston? We find […]

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Zealot: Reza Aslan Discusses the Life and Times of Jesus

Posted on · Religious scholar Reza Aslan is the author of the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Any time someone seeks to examine a religious figure as a real-life, flesh and blood human being, it’s bound to generate some measure of controversy, and last year Aslan found himself defending his book, and that effort. He […]

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The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: Priest Incorporates Alcohol into Devotion

Posted on · You may not have heard of Episcopalian priest Father William “Bill” Miller, but he grew up close to The Heights, in Garden Oaks. Recently he released his second book, “The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth About Lager, Loving, and Living.” For a priest to choose a topic like God and […]