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January 7, 2013

Monday's News & Ideas

Myers Park Baptist pastor's leave speaks to common crisis
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: Charlotte pastor's decision to take a medical leave sheds a spotlight on clergy burnout.

PBS series depicts American abolitionists as fired by faith
Religion News Service: As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, PBS premieres "The Abolitionists," a three-part series.

Notre Dame football's rise paralleled Irish-Americans' societal ascent
Catholic News Service: Notre Dame's rise as a football power paralleled the rise of Irish-Americans, an overwhelmingly Catholic population, in U.S. culture both economically and socially.

United Methodist of the Year - Adam Hamilton's influence felt in various ways in 2012
United Methodist Reporter: The Rev. Adam Hamilton seemed to be here, there and everywhere in 2012, earning him designation as the Reporter's United Methodist of the Year.
United Methodist Reporter: Notable UM newsmaker of 2012 - Lorenza Andrade Smith

Myerstown seminary offers new master's degree
Lebanaon (Penn.) Daily News: Evangelical Seminary is offering a new Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, combining online and on-campus education.

The Spark

What Flannery O'Connor got right: epiphanies aren't permanent
"She could have been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been someone there to shoot her every minute of her life." Writing in the Atlantic, author Jim Shepard says that line from Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" highlights a sad truth: A moment of clarity only lasts a moment .

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