Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Persecution around the world
  • None means none
  • Weddings at National Cathedral
  • First Atheist, London
  • Time, perfection and good enough
  • Worry that everyone's worried

About 100 million Christians persecuted around the worldReuters: About 100 million Christians are persecuted around the world, with conditions worsening for them most rapidly in Syria and Ethiopia.

None means none (not atheist, agnostic, unbeliever)Religion Dispatches: Religion commentators strain to define a demographic that, by definition, resists definition.

Same-sex weddings to begin at Washington National CathedralWashington Post: In unsurprising but symbolically powerful move, Washington National Cathedral has decided to start hosting same-sex weddings.

First atheist church opens in LondonWashington Post: The first atheist church has opened in London, reminding us of three facts connected to the ongoing cultural struggle between many believers and non-believers.

How to allocate your time, and your effortHarvard Business blogs: Colleagues that zoom ahead with seemingly less effort have learned to recognize and excel in what really counts -- and to aim for less than perfect in everything else.

The Spark

Worry...a lot...that so many of us are so worriedHere's something worrying. People are worried. A recent survey found that increasing numbers of people are pessimistic about the future, Big Think reports. We all need to worry about such pessimism, because worry does all sorts of harm, both personally and to society.

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