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Religion & Power

Religious faith is central to the lives of billions, a driving force in everything from family structure to relationships within and among the world’s nation states. It is also the venue, and often the source, of conflict.

Religion and Power presents Pulitzer Center reporting on these themes from throughout the world—from the explosive growth of megachurches in Africa and Latin America to intra-Islam schisms of the Middle East, to the self-immolation of Tibetan Buddhist monks and Buddhist soldiers running roughshod over the rights of Burmese Muslims, to the struggles of faith groups everywhere to come to terms with human sexuality.

In some parts of the world, notably China, governments that long suppressed religious expression are now invoking those traditions as part of the solution to environmental and other challenges. Elsewhere, from majority-Catholic Philippines to Muslim Indonesia, religious doctrine on issues like reproductive rights is in uneasy dialogue with the forces of modernization and globalization.

In Religion and Power, we aim for reporting that tackles these tough, core issues—but without the easy stereotypes and caricature that too often make journalism a tool for demagogy. In the Pulitzer Center reporting presented here we seek instead to be a force for understanding.

The Pulitzer Center’s reporting on religion and public policy issues is made possible through the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, and other Pulitzer Center donors.

 

Religion & Power

October 03, 2014

The Parsis: India's Shrinking Population

Rosalie Murphy

Facing a growing city and shrinking population, Mumbai's Parsis are urgently seeking ways to care for their elderly, preserve their cultural heritage, and ensure the survival of their religion.

September 03, 2014

India: Damming Sacred Rivers

Tom Clement

In the Indian border state of Sikkim, indigenous Himalayan communities charted for hydroelectric dam construction fight to protect their sacred rivers.

July 30, 2014

Fight for Areng Valley

Kalyanee Mam

A revolution is awakening in Cambodia—with protests led by a monk who is speaking out against the environmental destruction of his country.

June 30, 2014

The Catholic Church and the Modern Era

Molly K. Dutmers

The Catholic Church stands at a crossroads—church attendance in Europe has decreased and the millennial generation is becoming detached. Can Pope Francis and the Church adapt to the modern era?

June 26, 2014

Syria: Children of ISIS

James Harkin

How some of northern Syria’s children are being reared into a life of praying and jihad by a new kind of puritanical islamist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham.

April 03, 2014

Shame: HIV/AIDS and the Church in Jamaica

Kwame Dawes, Andre Lambertson

Jamaica is proud of its religious tradition, but how has the Jamaican church responded to the complex challenges of HIV/AIDS in a changing society?

Cell Phones in Myanmar

Doug Bock Clark recounts how Myanmar's access to cellphones has changed drastically in the past six years.

TEDX: Chronic Pain, Shedding the Second Dark Age

When medicine emerged into the light of the Enlightenment, it allowed for the modern world as we know it. But for millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, it has not been enough.

‘Religion in the Public Sphere’ Forum April 25

Washington University in St. Louis day-long forum brings together leading academics and journalists for focus on religion and public policy. Forum concludes with speech by Shaun Casey, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the US State Department.