INTEREST IN SAUDI DIALOGUE IDEA
The Vatican says it's interested in a proposal by the king of Saudi Arabia to hold interfaith discussions among Christians, Muslims and Jews. I talked about this proposal earlier this week. Hope everyone remembers that the primary purpose of such talks is not conversion.
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ANOTHER WAY TO TRACK RELIGION
Anyone who wants to stay relatively current on developments in a particular field -- oh, say, religion -- needs multiple sources.
So today I'm happy to introduce you (if you haven't already met) to another publication that can help you understand what's happening in the faith world and how it affects your world and the cosmos. It's called Religion Watch, and is published six times a year. It recently has acquired a new publisher, the Religioscope Institute, the Web site of which is also helpful in keeping folks up to speed on the fast-changing world of faith.
Although Religion Watch limits what non-subscribers can read on its Web site, there's still quite a bit there to give you a good sense of whether it's a publication to which you'd like to subscribe. And even if you don't subscribe, the information available under "Recent Issue" heading is pretty substantial.
I recommend you pay attention to Web site's internal search function called "Trendsetter." That can give you a decent sense of how the magazine covers whatever topic interests you.
In some ways, Religion Watch is like a briefing paper, with stories drawn from many sources. I have been aware of the publication but haven't ever read it much. News of its change from an independent newsletter to its new publisher, however, reminds me that I might want to sign up.
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P.S.: The annual AIDS Walk in Kansas City to raise funds for local AIDS service organizations now is less than a month away. I'll be walking in it. If you'd like to help, click on the "AIDS Walk 2008" link under the "Check this out" headline on the right side of this page and make a pledge. Lots of needy people will be grateful to you.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here. (My column tomorrow will talk about marital infidelity and what religion has to say about it.)