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Eco-Spirituality, Choosing Religious Leaders, and More
March 07, 2013
Summary: Thomas Berry's 'New Story' of the Earth and our place in it, and as the Catholic cardinals decide the next pope, we look at how other religious leaders are chosen: the Coptic Pope and the Dalai Lama.
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The New Story of the Universe March 07, 2013
When it comes to caring about the environment, we don’t have an apathy problem--we have a story problem. The narrative we tell ourselves about where we come from is often disconnected from the story of plants, animals and oceans. And it’s removed from the grand narrative of the cosmos: the planets, the stars and space. 

There’s a more compelling way of understanding our origins. It’s a story that goes all the way back to the beginning, some 14 billion years ago when everything we see around us erupted from a brilliant big bang. Some, like the late theologian Thomas Berry, call it “The New Story."

Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis, co-founder of Genesis Farm
David Loy, social activist and Zen Buddhism teacher

Pictured: The first photograph of our planet as it appears in space. It was captured by the Apollo 8 crew in 1968.
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In Egypt, a Leader by Lot March 07, 2013
This week, as Catholic Cardinals decide who will become the next pope, we find out how other religious leaders are chosen, like the Coptic pope. Since 1959, the leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians has been chosen by a blindfolded altar boy, who reaches inside a chalice and draws from a selection of three. Last November, Coptic Christians named their 118th pope, who took the name Tawadros II.

Nelly van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic Studies at Wake Forest University.

Watch the selection of the Coptic pope:
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Searching Far and Wide for a Reincarnation March 07, 2013
From the election of the Coptic pope, we move to the search for the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists. Each Dalai Lama is believed to be a reincarnation of the previous one, creating a long continuous line of leaders. How he's discovered is a centuries-old tradition, complete with sacred hints, rigorous tests, and a search party in disguise.

Donald Lopez, professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan