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“Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, is being marketed as a kind of action-disaster movie — think “Gladiator” meets “Armageddon.” And on its face, the Great Flood story from the book of Genesis seems like a...
Do you wear something – anything – that indicates a religious inclination? Does it bother you if someone else does? Is that something government can regulate? These questions are the subject of intense debate in Quebec and (to a lesser...
Happy Friday! It seems to be sunny today, at least in Canton, and it looks like we may at least see sun for the next couple days to come. So hooray! Lots in the news today: I blogged earlier this week about Canton and Potsdam’s tentative...
Here’s one about potential traps strewn across unfamiliar cultural landscapes. As recounted by the National Post, a French author and a French publishing house with a popular series of  children’s books set in Quebec got it...
The conclave has begun. Any day now there will be a new Pope. There’s been vigorous speculation about who it might be. According to numerous media reports in Canada, Cardinal Marc Ouellet is in the running. And he has a chance,...


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Jul 27, 2014 — Doing the wash can be a chore, but for the poor, the cost of laundry often means forgoing other essentials. Laundry Love aims to relieve the burden with fellowship, free soap and lots of quarters.
Jul 25, 2014 — In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.
Jul 24, 2014 — New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?
Jul 20, 2014 — It might sound crazy to run while fasting, but runners in five U.S. cities joined the Fasting 5K, held during Ramadan, to share their commitment to their faith.
Jul 19, 2014 — A new Pew poll asked how warmly respondents felt toward people of varying religious groups. The answers varied with race, age and political leanings — and not all the feelings were mutual.

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Rev. Fred Garry of Watertown and his family travel to Malawi on a Lily Foundation sabbatical grant.
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Inside the Amish schools
They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam, has been visiting Amish schools; she talks with Gregory Warner .
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
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Mandala Dismantling Ceremony: All Things Transitory
Visitors to St. Lawrence University's Brush Art Gallery have had an opportunity for quiet reflection while viewing a sand mandala constructed by Tenzin Yignyen, a Tibetan Buddhist monk. But, like life, it isn't permanent.Tenzin returns to lead a dismantling ceremony..
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Celebrating Buddha's Birthday
Roko Sherry Chayat, Abbot of the Zen Center of Syracuse, came to Canton to lead a celebration of the Buddha's birth.

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Book Review: "The Orenda," by Joseph Boyden

What was life like for the first French Jesuits, men who rode in canoes up the St. Lawrence River to live with the Iroquois and the Huron? In Joseph Boyden's epic novel, The Orenda, Jesuit priests come to live with a community of Wendat-Huron people at a time of change and disaster.  Go to full article
US District Court in Brokklyn. Photo: <a href="http://www.panoramio.com/photo/72769135">Adam Elmquist</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Catholic groups win NY contraceptive ruling

NEW YORK (AP) A Brooklyn judge has granted a permanent federal injunction that exempts four organizations with ties to the Catholic Church from being required to provide contraceptive care to its employees through a third party.

The Daily News says the ruling released Monday by Judge Brian Cogan in Federal District Court in Brooklyn affects more than 25,000 employees at two high schools, six hospitals, three nursing homes and several nonprofits.  Go to full article

Watch: 92nd annual Candlelight Service in Canton

St. Lawrence University held its 92nd Annual Candlelight Service in Leithead Fieldhouse on the university's Canton, NY campus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

The service features traditional Christmas carols and special music by the Laurentian Singers, the University Chorus and a Community Children's Chorus. This year's readings focused on the theme of journeying. The service was relocated due to a fire that damaged the chapel on Oct. 6. The chapel remains closed and under repair. Watch the entire service in this NCPR video.  Go to full article
West Side United Methodist Church in Syracuse is on the auction block. Photo: David Chanatry

After 140 years, a church closes its doors

This a bittersweet story, especially coming just as the Christmas draws near.

Another church has gone silent.

The West Side United Methodist Church in...  Go to full article
Richard Rodriguez at the Pacific News Service 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnsnam/5182211403/">New American Media</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Richard Rodriguez discusses "Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography"

Essayist Richard Rodriguez is most widely known as a commentator on the PBS NewsHour. He is the author Hunger of Memory, Brown, Days of Obligation, and the...  Go to full article
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Pope Francis' ambassador to the U.S., leads Holy Communion for a crowd of more than 2,100 people at Sunday's Solemn Mass in Lake Placid. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Pope's personal representative leads mass in Lake Placid

Catholics from all corners of the North Country traveled to Lake Placid Sunday for a special Mass led by Pope Francis' personal representative to the United States.
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St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Saranac Lake's historic churches

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people...  Go to full article
Hearth Moon Rising is an ordained priestess in the Dianic tradition and in the Fellowship of Isis.  She lives in Keene Valley.  Photo: Hearth Moon Rising

Books: Invoking Animal Magic

Hearth Moon Rising is an Adirondack psychotherapist who is passionate about nature, the environment, animals and her own pagan spirituality. For more than 20 years she has...  Go to full article
The Hill Cumorah Pageant. Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mormon pilgrims bring tourism dollars to Palmyra, NY

With 750 cast members, more than 1,000 costumes, and special effects to rival a James Cameron film, the Hill Cumorah Pageant draws thousands of people to western New York...  Go to full article

Earlier bar closing raises issues of safety, religion

The Essex County Board of Supervisors has approved a measure that changes last call for bars and nightclubs from 4 am to 3 am.

The resolution moved through two...  Go to full article

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