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February 19, 2013

Tuesday's News & Ideas

Denomination urged to trust, share leadership
United Methodist News Service: Don't be surprised if you hear UMC leaders use the phrase "adaptive leadership" multiple times during the next four years.
Christianity Today: Churches: Take a lesson from the Postal Service

Catholicism Inc.
The New York Times: Bill Keller says the Catholic Church is a global business in distress.

The New York Times publishes stupidest story ever about papal infallibility
US Catholic: Pope resignation fever seems to have spiked at The New York Times with its publication of an article on whether a retired pope is still infallible, says Bryan Cones.

Mark Sanford and the politics of forgiveness
Washington Post: In "God of second chances" ad, former SC governor hopes to appeal to the Christian nature of the electorate.

All eyes on Texas, S.C. church property fights
Religion News Service: When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations, they've often lost property battles, but outcomes could be different this year.

The Spark

The ache for immortality
When the two Voyager missions launched in 1977, embarking on a grand tour into interstellar space, each carried a copy of a golden record, meant to tell the story of life on Earth. They were hardly the sole example of messages sent to the stars on NASA missions, Aeon magazine reports. They represent a deep impulse that speaks to one of civilization's restless ambitions: the desire to be remembered.

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