12/22/14 - Monday's Topical Currents: Millions of Americans who aren’t religious feel a bit excluded from many friends and relatives during the holiday season. Professor of sociology and secular studies Phil Zuckerman has researched those whose religious beliefs have waned . . .
We told you the Satanic Temple was preparing to file a lawsuit this week against the state of Florida. Now, those plans have been dropped because the temple is being allowed to put up a holiday display inside the Capitol.
The display depicts an angel falling into a pit of fire. It’s scheduled to go up on December 22. It includes a banner with the words "Happy holidays from the Satanic Temple.”
Roman Catholic Mass was at one time universally celebrated in Latin, the ancient Roman language.
After the second Vatican Council in the 1960s, Mass was allowed to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning Mass in Peru was celebrated in Spanish and Mass in the United States was celebrated in English -- you get the picture.
Latin is now sometimes referred to as “the dead language,” but it is not dead in Miami.
The Episcopal Church of the Intercession first opened its doors in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1950s. But churchgoers dwindled over recent years and the church couldn't afford to stay open. Its members celebrated mass for the last time this past Sunday.
Reverend Fred H. Johnson Jr. was called to the church three years ago as a supply priest, something a little like a substitute teacher.
By Carla Javier & Jephie Bernard & Selima Hussain & Constanza Gallardo
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day -- no food or drink. They break the fast with a meal after sundown called iftar. (See our Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition.)
Mohamed Ghumrawi and Sholom Neistein have been friends for six years.
Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent.
"I think it’s interesting how people perceive our friendship," says Mohamed, or Moe for short. "People see us and the first thing that comes to mind is, 'A Palestinian and an Israeli together? What? I must be in the "Twilight Zone".' ”
Florida International University hosted a panel discussion between leaders of different faiths Wednesday evening. The theme of this interfaith dialogue was “Love and Compassion is Our True Nature.”
Representatives from six different religions each spoke about compassion and how it relates to their practices.
The panel was put together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Paramahamsa Hariharananda’s journey to the West. He was born in India, studied all religions and worked and lived in Miami before passing away in 2002.
Chaz Stevens is a South Florida activist who passionately disagrees with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. In a five-to-four split, the high court ruled that opening a town board meeting with prayer was constitutional.
So to poke fun at the decision, Stevens has asked Deerfield Beach to allow him to read a Satanic prayer to open a commission meeting.
04/28/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features a conversation with author and radio producer, Selina O’Grady. At the time of Jesus’ birth, there were thousands of gods worshiped across the world. So how was Christianity able to survive to become one of the world’s dominant religions?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Wednesday allowed media to tour the church's new temple in Broward County. There are 143 Mormon temples worldwide, but this is the first one in South Florida.
Before entering the temple, visitors were asked to place plastic slips over their shoes. It wasn’t a religious request, but more of a courtesy to the new building.