Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • New Anglicanism
  • Vatican on Irish scandals
  • Five-senses spirituality
  • Twitter sermon
  • Old-school monastery building
  • Value of tragedy

The new AnglicanismWashington Post: As Canterbury has gotten more conservative and more solicitous of Third World bishops, Anglicans in developed nations choose to walk their own progressive path. Daily Episcopalian: Lessons from Cantaur

Vatican reports on Irish child abuse scandalsBBC: Vatican expresses its "dismay and betrayal" at the "sinful and criminal acts" by Catholic clergy guilty of child abuse across Ireland.Irish Times: Report 'almost farcical' in placesIrish Times: Theology of priesthood behind sex abuse crisis

Five-senses spirituality: why our whole bodies need GodChristianity Today: Awaken Your Senses teaches Christians to know the Father through our flesh.

The vicar spreading the word, one tweet at a timeThe (London) Telegraph: At a service with the first vicar in Britain to use Twitter during a sermon.

Building a monastery the medieval waySpiegel: Historians, architects, archaeologists and volunteers in Germany are teaming up to build a medieval monastery the old-fashioned way.

Get ahead with a mentor who scares youHarvard Business Review: Go out and find the most qualified or talented mentor, coach, or manager you can, and subject yourself to everything they can throw at you.

The Spark

Sadness breeds gratitude: The value of tragedyCare to catch a production of King Lear tonight? Rather stay home and pop in a DVD of, say, Titanic? Either way, you'll be watching a tragedy, a genre that has captivated audiences since the era of the ancient Greeks. In inflation-adjusted dollars, three of the top 10 movies of all time -- Gone With the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, and Titanic - are tragedies, Miller-McCune reports. Why do we willingly subject ourselves, again and again, to these sad stories?

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