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January 29, 2013

Tuesday's News & Ideas

The Internet is not killing organized religion
Religion Dispatches: How worried should institutional church leaders be about social media? Not so much, says Elizabeth Drescher.
Associated Press: Pope on social networking: the virtual is real

Pastor serves Methodists, Mennonites
Mennonite World Review: Mennonite pastor Bruce Bradshaw spends Sunday mornings at a UM church in Nashua, N.H., and evenings at Mennonite congregation in Boston.

SMU chaplain: The United Methodist Church is imploding
United Methodist Reporter: In spite of worthy efforts, the UMC still suffers a discouraging inertia, says Stephen W. Rankin.

Luther Seminary names interim president
Park (St. Paul, Minn.) Bugle: The Rev. Rick Foss to serve as interim president at Luther Seminary as the seminary board searches for a new president.

Landmark synagogue seeks right to demolish itself
Jewish Daily Forward: Leadership of 1850 Lower East Side synagogue says structure has deteriorated beyond repair.

The Spark

It takes planning, caution to avoid being 'It'
This month, in his first week at a new job, Brian Dennehy pulled aside a colleague to ask a question: How hard it is for a nonemployee to enter the building? Dennehy doesn't have a particular interest in corporate security, the Wall Street Journal reports. He just doesn't want to be "It." Dennehy and nine of his friends have spent the past 23 years locked in a game of "Tag."

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