Religion http://wunc.org en Plans For Raleigh's Catholic Cathedral Updated http://wunc.org/post/plans-raleighs-catholic-cathedral-updated <p>Catholic parishioners in the <a href="http://www.dioceseofraleigh.org/home/index.aspx">Raleigh Diocese</a> can expect the ground to be turned on their new cathedral by the end of the year.</p><p>Plans have been underway for years to raise $41 million to build a “mother church” for the people of the Raleigh Diocese.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Bishop Michael Burbidge heads the Raleigh Diocese.</p><p>“We will build what the people of God let us build, so this was a good faith campaign," said Burbidge.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 11:34:28 +0000 Leoneda Inge 35070 at http://wunc.org Plans For Raleigh's Catholic Cathedral Updated First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce http://wunc.org/post/first-openly-gay-episcopal-bishop-announces-divorce Bishop Gene Robinson says he and his husband, Mark Andrew, are getting a divorce. The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Robinson retired last year, a decade after his election alienated many conservative Anglicans.<p>The pair had been together for 25 years. Sun, 04 May 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 34927 at http://wunc.org First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce My Accidental Jihad, A Love Story http://wunc.org/post/my-accidental-jihad-love-story <p></p><p><a href="http://kristabremer.com/">My Accidental Jihad</a> is a book Krista Bremer never imagined that she'd write. Krista is a surfer, she'd&nbsp; grown up in a secular middle-class California family, dreaming of "a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity."</p><p>Then she met Ismail. When Krista discovered she was pregnant, the two joined their lives. Ismail seemed to come from another world. He'd been raised in a fishing village in Libya, one of eight children. His parents are illiterate. His family was raised Muslim.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:53:18 +0000 Carol Jackson 34797 at http://wunc.org My Accidental Jihad, A Love Story Duke Chapel Closing For Restoration; Two Stunning Photos http://wunc.org/post/duke-chapel-closing-restoration-two-stunning-photos <p>Duke Chapel is closing to the public May 11, 2015 for a year-long restoration project. The ceiling will be worked on and the original chapel roof will be replaced. Crews will also work to restore the stained-glass windows and woodwork.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:40:35 +0000 Carol Jackson 34712 at http://wunc.org Duke Chapel Closing For Restoration; Two Stunning Photos Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community http://wunc.org/post/statue-homeless-jesus-startles-wealthy-community A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.<p>The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.<p>Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.<p>The reaction was immediate. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:43:00 +0000 John Burnett 33726 at http://wunc.org Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community 'It Will Look Profoundly Different When My Father Dies' - Nate Phelps, Son, Westboro Church Founder http://wunc.org/post/it-will-look-profoundly-different-when-my-father-dies-nate-phelps-son-westboro-church-founder <p></p><p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;">The pastor of the much-reviled Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, has died at age 84. Phelps' message became synonymous with hatred. The pastor and his family made it a point to carry signs at funerals saying, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” They showed up to events with signs that read, “God Hates Fags.”</span></font></p><p><a href="http://natephelps.com/bio" target="_blank">Nate Phelps </a><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;">is the sixth of Fred’s 13 children. He describes his father as verbally and physically abusive. When he was 18,&nbsp;Nate ran away from home and from religion.</span></p><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;">In recent years Nate found himself publicly squaring off with his father and siblings to reverse their legacy of intolerance. He lives in Calgary, Canada, where he has become a public speaker who champions LGBT rights and raises awareness about the connection between extreme religion and child abuse. He is currently writing a book about his life and is the subject of an upcoming documentary.</span></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">He spoke with Dick Gordon in 2012. The story, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/09/25/son_of_a_bigot/" target="_blank">"Son of a Bigot," was featured on Salon.com</a>.</div><p>Listen to Nate Phelps' conversation with Dick Gordon from 2012:</p><p>http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.thestory.org/sites/default/files/public/audio/story/nate_phelps.mp3</p><p><strong>Here are some highlights of the conversation:</strong></p><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><b>What was your childhood like?</b></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:47:28 +0000 Carol Jackson & Dick Gordon 32446 at http://wunc.org 'It Will Look Profoundly Different When My Father Dies' - Nate Phelps, Son, Westboro Church Founder Photographing Father Divine http://wunc.org/post/photographing-father-divine <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px;">Photographer Kristin Bedford spent five weeks living with the followers of Father Divine and learning about their religion. </span>She photographed their lives. Her exhibit, The Presence of Father Divine, has been postponed.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:13:28 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31867 at http://wunc.org Photographing Father Divine "Apostles of Reason" Finds Historical Explanations For Political Polarity http://wunc.org/post/apostles-reason-finds-historical-explanations-political-polarity <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">Evangelical Christians are a diverse group with similar questions but vastly different answers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:23:41 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31191 at http://wunc.org "Apostles of Reason" Finds Historical Explanations For Political Polarity Does God Want You To Be Rich? http://wunc.org/post/does-god-want-you-be-rich <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size: 10pt"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:50:24 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 24283 at http://wunc.org Does God Want You To Be Rich? Doris Duke's Shangri La Comes To Durham http://wunc.org/post/doris-dukes-shangri-la-comes-durham <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 1.5;">Doris Duke, heiress to the American Tobacco Company fortune,</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 1.5;">built a sprawling estate in Hawaii in the 1930s. She named her secluded getaway Shangri La and she spent the rest of her life filling it with Islamic art. After her death, Shangri La was opened to the public.</span></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:43:02 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 21542 at http://wunc.org Doris Duke's Shangri La Comes To Durham