Monday's News & Ideas

  • Small churches big trend
  • Five women to watch
  • UM churches on Facebook
  • Showing up
  • Archaic ideas on fertility
  • How to be happy anywhere

Some are swapping mega-churches for tiny onesWashington Post: Across the country, churches of 100 people or fewer are still the most popular niche.

Five women in religion to watchCNN Belief blog: Sarah Sentilles on five women to watch in 2012.

Faith and Facebook: UM churches finding their way with social mediaUM Portal: There's no excuse to ignore Facebook, unless you want to be just the church that's open on Sunday.

Showing upDaily Episcopalian: The gathered body on Sunday is the base material for sacramental transformation -- even if it's only to provide a place for another to go through the motions.

Catholics will be called to oppose gay marriageThe (London) Telegraph: Catholic Church in UK considers enlisting more than a million regular worshippers to oppose government plans for same-sex marriage.The (London) Telegraph: Gay marriage is like slavery, Catholic leader says

Romney, Santorum and archaic ideas on fertilityWashington Post: The Bible contains profound truths about faith, love, justice and fidelity, but as a point-by-point guidebook to modern domestic life it's nearly worthless, Lisa Miller says.

The Spark

How to be happy anywhereFor his work, Martin Lindstrom spent 300 days traveling the world last year. And as a result, he's begun seeing people in a new light, wondering why some people find happiness wherever they may be, and others don't. When he asked kids in one of the poorest districts of Medellin, Columbia, about happiness, they waved their hands in the air and laughed, he writes in Fast Company. They dismissed happiness as a Western thing, and suggested we stop talking about it and just get on with the business of living.

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