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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is a belief in an afterlife required in your faith?

Submitted 06-24-2024 under OPINION

I'd like to know from the writers how much of an emphasis is put on afterlife reward/punishment in their faiths. Would disbelieving in such a concept rule out membership in the religion?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What do visitors to your place of worship need to know?

Submitted 06-17-2024 under OPINION

If a visitor were to attend a service/ceremony at your church, synagogue, etc., what would they be allowed to do, and what might they shouldn't do if they are not "fully initiated" in your faith?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does your faith depend on an afterlife?

Submitted 06-10-2024 under OPINION

If you were suddenly convinced that there was no afterlife, how would that affect your work in your tradition?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: As you've aged, have you grown more hopeful or more cynical?

Submitted 06-03-2024 under OPINION

After serving for as many years as you have as clergy, do you think you're become more hopeful and optimistic? Or rather cynical? I hear and read so much about people leaving the clergy due to frustration with their flocks, boards and policies.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How does your tradition understand the role of autonomy in medical care?

Submitted 05-28-2024 under OPINION

What is the role of autonomy in medical care?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Have you had family members convert out of your faith?

Submitted 05-21-2024 under OPINION

I would love to read some of the panel members' experiences with family members who might convert to other religions. How is that navigated? What do you do about holidays? Have any incidents ever caused rifts that never heal?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Give me your best elevator pitch for your religion!

Submitted 05-13-2024 under OPINION

In an elevator pitch, what would you offer as the most important points of your faith? Let's say you have two minutes max to make your case.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it ethical to modify an animal genome to transplant organs into humans?

Submitted 05-06-2024 under OPINION

Is it ethical to modify an animal genome and raise animals to use their organs for human transplants?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How do politics in other countries affect your faith?

Submitted 04-22-2024 under OPINION

Some faiths tend to maintain ties to countries outside the U.S. Even some Christian communities have a majority of first-generation immigrants. I'm curious if the clergy on the panel ever have to navigate the waters of political division in other countries.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should I be proselyzed at a funeral?

Submitted 04-15-2024 under OPINION

I have attended many funerals in my time. One thing that I'm frustrated about is the fact that so often, the officiant takes the opportunity to convince the friends and family of the deceased who might not be members of the same religion of the veracity of this particular faith.

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