Friday's News & Ideas

  • Canterbury enthroned
  • Institutions, not feelings
  • Passover in the Mojave
  • Religion & logic
  • Crisis communications
  • Wealth, isolation & charity

New Archbishop of Canterbury enthroned; backs Church position on homosexualityAssociated Press: The new archbishop of Canterbury was formally enthroned Thursday, with questions about opposition to same-sex marriage greeting his promotion.

The limitations of being 'spiritual but not religious'Time: As Passover and Easter approach, it's important to remember that it is institutions and not abstract feelings that tie a community together and lead to meaningful change, says Rabbi David Wolpe.

Jews trek to the Mojave Desert for a visceral PassoverReligion News Service: This Passover, about 100 Jews of varying levels of religious observance will camp in California's Mojave Desert to viscerally experience the story of liberation.

The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and For HumanismTimes Higher Education: In a review of "The God Argument," Martin Cohen asks what is the point of using logic to dismantle religious belief?

A church crisis requires a communication planUnited Methodist Reporter: Crisis communication is never easy -- and it's even less easy when you pretend that it would never happen in "my" church.

The Spark

Why the rich don't give to charityThe wealthiest Americans donate 1.3 percent of their income; the poorest, 3.2 percent. Writing in the Atlantic, Ken Stern asks what's up with that?

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