Beth Kissileff

Beth Kissileff is an author and journalist based in Pittsburgh. She is a member of one of the congregations that meets at Tree of Life synagogue and, after the Oct. 27 shooting, shared stories about the religious lives of the victims she knew.

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Dallas Drake

Dallas Drake is co-founder of and senior researcher at the Center for Homicide Research, which compiled a database of church shootings that occurred between 1980 and 2005.

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Bradley Onishi

Bradley Onishi is an assistant professor of religion at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. who studies Christian mysticism, atheism, and religions and dying.

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Ann Neumann

Ann Neumann is a visiting scholar at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University. She is the author of  The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, which explores aid-in-dying issues and religion. She is a hospice volunteer.

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Kathleen Garces-Foley

Kathleen Garces-Foley is a professor of Religious Studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She is an expert on the religiously unaffiliated and death, among other topics.

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Reporting on Buddhism

Buddha comes from the Sanskrit language, meaning “awakened.” Simply put, the basic teachings of Buddhism are: first, to do no harm to any living being; second, to do good; and third, to purify the mind from impurity. Buddhist religious practice is the formal discipline of sitting meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. Today .7 percent […]

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