2009 Year in Review

Year in Review 2009—and a Look Back at the 2000s
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    Spiritual Leaders Who Died in 2009

    Oral Roberts, Marie Knight, and John Daido Loori were some of the pioneers who influenced the faith landscape. Take a look back on spiritual leaders who died this year.

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    10 Health Lessons of 2009

    See what the top health stories of 2009--from swine flu to Patrick Swayze's untimely passing--taught us about wellness, hope, and staying calm in chaos.

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    Top Religion Stories of the Decade

    From the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Pope John Paul II's death to Buddhist activism in Tibet, read the stories of faith that shaped the last ten years.

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    Top Religion Scandals of the Decade

    The Catholic clergy sex scandal, the fall of evangelist Ted Haggard, and the scheming of Bernie Madoff were all scandals that shook the religious world.

Blogging on 2009 and the Past Decade

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The Decade's 10 Spiritual Pop Culture Trends

Date: 12/21/2009

Whether you've realized it or not, religion, faith, and spirituality have permeated American pop culture over the past decade. Idol Chatter's Ellen Leventry has created this wonderful gallery of the 10 Biggest Spiritual Pop Culture Trends of the Decade . From Mormon domination in film ("Napoleon Dynamite," "Twilight," etc) to chaste celebrities to the rise of the Kabbalah bracelet, take a mo ...

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Hajj roundup

Date: 11/26/2009

A few items of note: This year's Hajj has been marked by rare torrential rains . This is causing some problems with logistics but should rightly be seen as a minor miracle instead of just an inconvenience. There are amazing photos out there of past floods which really give meaning to the old adage, "when it rains, it pours" - especially in a desert. Among the pilgrims at Hajj this year, ...

Related Topics: Hajj, News, Politics

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Iowahawk rounds up Fort Hood headlines

Date: 11/12/2009

This satire is impeccable.

Related Topics: Fort Hood, Iowahawk

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Weekly Meanderings

Date: 10/17/2009

Chicago's Marathon! I'm with Dan Reid on the multiple value of multiview books  (even if I've been asked a few times to contribute to such volumes and always declined). Cynthia Weems on how messy the Lord's supper becomes. Thanks to Fr Rob , I suspect we'll have "Lady in Red" next year in our garden. iMonk and Ardi and young minds . Night comes ... with LL Barkat. Hi ...

 

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Polanski and "philistine collusion"

Date: 09/28/2009

Well, the cultural elite in Hollywood and in Europe is going to the barricades to defend Roman Polanski. The phrasing here is very telling: Meanwhile, the international outcry for Polanski's release radiated from its epicenter in Zurich, where red "Free Polanski" buttons made the film festival rounds Sunday and jury president Debra Winger (!) issued a statement accusing the Swiss judiciary of ...

Related Topics: Hollywood, Roman Polanski

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