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Religion Minus Doctrine, The Messiah and Your Rental Contract, and More
March 13, 2014
Summary: Inside Unitarian Universalism, a church that moves beyond creed (and sometimes, God). And the 'messiah clause' in Jerusalem rental contracts leaves no stones unturned.

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Rev. Janamanchi, Hindu Unitarian Minister March 13, 2014
On March 9th, a practicing Hindu became the senior minister of a church in Maryland. Rev. Abhi Janamanchi is a Hindu Unitarian Universalist, and he’s now leading Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. For the Unitarian Universalist Church, a liberal-minded tradition that puts conscience above creed, drawing from the world's religions is nothing new. 

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, senior minister at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland
Rev. Rob Hardies, senior minister at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C.
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In the Studio With the Stars of 'Jerusalem' March 13, 2014
The National Geographic film Jerusalem, released last year in IMAX and 3D, is now playing in theaters around the world. It reveals Jerusalem through sweeping aerial shots of the city and exclusive looks at its most sacred spaces for Muslims, Jews and Christians. But it also tells the city’s story through the eyes of three young women who grew up there.

Click here to listen to our interview with Jerusalem director Daniel Ferguson and featured archeologist Jodi Magness.

Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros, and Revital Zacharie, Jerusalemites featured in Jerusalem
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'Messiah Clause' Leaves No Stones Unturned March 13, 2014
There’s a belief in Judaism that one day, a Messiah will return to the land of Israel. If you’re a devout Jew, you'll want a front-row seat. But what if you own an apartment in Jerusalem when the big day comes--and you’re stuck overseas? Enter the “Messiah Clause," a bit of fine print in some Jerusalem rental contracts which states that if the anointed one does return, the renters must move out.

Read the original article on the Messiah clause.

Jeff Moskowitz, contributor to The Christian Science Monitor