Monday's News & Ideas

  • Let Gen X & Y have their say
  • Battle for Britain's soul begins
  • Death of Coptic Pope
  • UMC property fight
  • Jimmy Carter Study Bible
  • Jim Thorpe burial fight

What's keeping young adults out of church?US Catholic: Maybe it's time to let generations X and Y have their say.

The battle for Britain's soul begins hereThe (London) Telegraph: The next Archbishop of Canterbury will have his work cut out as the nation negotiates a painful transition of faith.The (London) Guardian: The archbishop of Canterbury's balancing actThe (London) Spectator: Where Rowan went wrong

Egypt's grief-stricken Christians fear a new wave of persecutionThe (London) Independent: Death of Coptic Pope Shenouda III leaves millions of worshippers around the country without a spiritual leader.

Maryland bill would help congregations in fight over control of church assetsWashington Post: Attempts to close tiny UMC churches prompts Md. Legislators to seek repeal of laws that gives denomination legal authority over property of local congregations.

Jimmy Carter publishes study Bible, discusses faith-filled lifeCNN Belief blog: Peanut farmer turned president turned globe-trotting humanitarian, now has another line to add to his business card: Bible commentator.

Faith, debate nourish long-established Jewish prayer groupWashington Post: The crowd around Elaine Parker's dining room table is elderly, the coffeecake homemade, the conversation familiar.

The Spark

Battle over athlete Jim Thorpe's burial site continuesFunerals, like weddings, can be messy family affairs. Not everything goes according to plan. Emotions run high. Even pleasant people can be tense. Few people who met Patsy Thorpe -- third and most difficult spouse of Jim Thorpe, that primordial American athlete -- accused her of being pleasant, in particular Thorpe's children from previous marriages, the Washington Post reports. So when she pulled up to her husband's in-progress Native American funeral service in Oklahoma in 1953, with a hearse and a highway patrolman in tow, everybody knew something bad was about to happen.

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