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Closer Look: Reconciling After The Election; And More

Nov 10, 2016
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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Eboni Lemon

Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

StoryCorps Atlanta

Dustin Lemke grew up as a proud and active fundamentalist Baptist in rural Arkansas. At 16 he became a pastor, at 18 went off to Bible college and at 20 married his classmate.  But deep down, he knew things weren't exactly adding up.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he tells friend Erica Schoon about a major turning point in his life and his struggles to keep his life the same while accepting who he was.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

Seth Martin / Meridian Herald

Most modern Christians don't encounter “camp meetings,” except as occasional words in hymns and choral works, but camp meetings were actual Protestant gatherings that were popular in rural America in the 19th Century. 

These meetings would last for days and feature preachers, music and, of course, camping.  One Methodist bishop noted about 400 camp meetings, from Georgia to Michigan, in the early 1800s, and other denominations held them too. 

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A recent Pew Research Center report has shown a sharp increase in Americans unaffiliated with any religion over the past seven years.

Brenna Beech / WABE

It’s “Holy Week,” the week leading up to Easter. And, every year at this time, Episcopal bishops, priests and deacons renew their ordination vows.

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta followed that tradition this morning with a ceremony. But one part of the event was very untraditional: instead of a church, the priests gathered in The Temple – Atlanta’s oldest synagogue.  

So how did this happen? It was the idea of Episcopal Bishop of the Atlanta Diocese – the Rt. Rev. Robert Wright.