Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1545 is fed over PBS on Friday, July 6 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).
• E.J. Dionne on Liberty and Community - Managing Editor Kim Lawton talks with author and commentator E.J. Dionne, Jr, about his new book, Our Divided Political Heart. Dionne argues that since the beginning of the nation, Americans have tried to balance an impulse toward individualism and an impulse toward community. He says in today’s politics, the balance has shifted too far in favor of individualism, and the result has been division and gridlock. Lawton and Dionne discuss the debate and its implications for religion and politics.
• Converting Maasai – Lucky Severson goes to remote Tanzania where Christian missionaries have been proselytizing the legendary African Maasai tribal members for over 150 years, with little success. But recently many Maasai have been converting to Christianity. Those who have benefited the most are probably women who no longer undergo the painful process of female circumcision and have more freedom and better access to education
• Sister Corita Kent: Nun, Activist, and Artist – Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly visits an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrating the colorful graphic art work of Sister Corita (1918-1986), a member of the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles during the 1960s. Her images challenged the political and religious establishments of the times, mixing advertising, poetry, and Bible verses, and today her work is being rediscovered by a new generation of artists and activists.