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Americans know someone who is gay or lesbian, up from 61 percent in 1993. About 68 percent of those who know a lot of gays or lesbians favor same-sex marriage, compared with 32 percent of those who don’t know any.


Is yoga religious?


Because its schools offer yoga as an elective, some parents filed a lawsuit Feb. 20 against the Encinitas Union School District in San Diego County on the grounds that yoga is inher- ently religious and violates the First Amendment. The district’s yoga classes meet guidelines set by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and have elimi- nated chanting and prayer positions. A California judge rejected the par- ents’ claims July 1. Judge John Meyer


acknowledged that yoga “at its roots is religious” but said the modern prac- tice is deeply ingrained in secular U.S. society and is a “distinctly American cultural phenomenon.” The lawyer for the parents said they would prob- ably appeal.


‘Save Me’ needs a save


NBC’s sitcom Save Me walks the line between religion and entertainment, and ratings show it might be slipping. The show follows a woman, Beth Harper (Anne Heche), who acquired the ability to speak to God after a near- death experience. Despite Heche’s insistence that it’s “not a religious show,” some viewers have challenged the program’s humor. An evangelical group, One Million Moms, claims the show is “Christian bashing.”


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Christians, Muslims unite Alcohol, heroin, cocaine and mari- juana use in Kenya has reached an all-time high, prompting religious leaders to declare a state of national disaster. Christian and Muslim reli- gious groups are jointly offering pre- ventative education, rehabilitation and psychological support. Speaking at the second National Conference on Alcohol and Drug Use, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya offered support to the anti-drug movement by ordering security forces to deport or arrest any suspected foreign drug trafficker.


ELCA interreligious relations


We want to hear your stories of engag- ing with people of other religions through an ELCA ministry. What was most challenging? What was most ful- filling? What were the most pressing theological questions and practical concerns? Submit your stories (1,000 words or less) for possible inclusion in a collection of case studies of interre- ligious life in the ELCA. Photos, vid- eos or illustrations are also welcome. Email them to erinfo@elca.org or mail them to Kathryn Lohre, ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Rela- tions, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631. 


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They keep telling me to go slow and take my time, which is a very good reminder for me. It’s not only good physical advice for healthy recovery but also spiritual counsel for those of us who sometimes tell time by how much we hope we are changing the world.


Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis on his doctors’ advice after recently having surgery for prostate cancer.


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