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Gratitude Summit Explores the Queen of the Virtues

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Artwork by Terri Friedman and her students at the California College for the Arts. Photo courtesy of GGSC.
Artwork by Terri Friedman and her students at the California College for the Arts. Photo courtesy of GGSC.

Studies have repeatedly confirmed that gratitude lies at the heart of joy. The scientific exploration of wellbeing, called positive psychology, continues to illuminate the ways in which the capacity to give thanks plays this critical role. It is the “queen of the virtues,” says Robert Emmons, one of the leading researchers in the field and professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. And yet, Emmons has also observed that studying gratitude is often met by a marked resistance.

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Tomáš Halík Receives 2014 Templeton Prize

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Photo credit: Templeton Prize-Paul Hackett
Photo credit: Templeton Prize-Paul Hackett

Monsignor Professor Tomáš Halík, the winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize and the 44th laureate, received his award during a ceremony in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on May 14, 2014. The Czech priest and philosopher, who advanced religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet invasion of his country, was awarded a check valued at £1.1 million (about $1.8 million or €1.3 million).

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2014 World Science Festival Explores the Big Questions

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"Alien Life: Will We Know It When We See It?," part of the Big Ideas Series. Photo credit: Greg Kessler/World Science Festival

Science and technology progress at a thrilling pace, and often in novel directions. How can the average citizen keep up with developments, not only out of interest, but also out of the need to be informed when advances pose difficult ethical questions? One answer is the World Science Festival, an annual event providing lively and informed discussions of the Big Questions.

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Churches Empowered When Informed About Science

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Science is often presumed to be a tricky matter for people of faith. Pew Research has found that Americans can feel uncomfortable accepting scientific discoveries when they are perceived to contradict their religious beliefs. But Scientists in Congregations is discovering that the apparent opposition can be overcome. The project, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, equips churches to discuss science and religion and is demonstrating that the experience of properly engaging with science is not only informative but empowering.

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Interactive Empathy Training Novel Nominated for Award

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An interactive graphic novel (IGN), designed to promote empathy among children in elementary school, has been chosen as a finalist in the interactive category for the 2014 Prix Jeunesse, the prestigious international award for children’s media. The novel is the creation of the Arthur Interactive Media Study (AIMS), funded through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, and aims to foster understanding about the perspective of others.

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