Monday's News & Ideas

  • When spirituality & religion collide
  • Cardboard cathedral in Christchurch
  • Jewish New Testament
  • Tractor blessings
  • Music that faces East
  • Bad management sunk the Titanic

When spirituality and religion collideUSA Today: Institutions are being torn apart by tension between those who want familiar leadership patterns and those who want to welcome untested but promising patterns of the emerging era.

$5m cardboard cathedral for ChristchurchNew Zealand Herald: Constructed with cardboard tubes, timber beams, structural steel, and concrete, Christchurch's temporary cathedral is expected to last 20 years.

Sharing religious insights with other traditions enriches our own faithToronto Star: Jewish Annotated New Testament helps Christians understand how Jews read Christian scriptures and helps Jews appreciate the grandeur and power of the New Testament.

Tractor blessings: Owners bring farm equipment to annual religious gatheringLansing (Mich.) State-Journal: Blessing of the tractors helps remind farm community of its connection with God.

For Orthodox Easter, music that faces EastNPR: Cappella Romana, a choral group based in Portland, Ore., specializes in singing medieval Byzantine music.

Young Catholic women try to modernize the message on birth controlWashington Post: A movement of younger, religiously conservative Catholic women are trying to rebrand what may be Catholicism's most-ignored teaching: its ban on birth control methods such as the Pill.

The Spark

Bad management helped sink TitanicThe Titanic's so-called watertight compartments were not watertight at all. They resembled more a row of lavatory cubicles than isolated rooms. In the event of the ship being slit open, water would fill the available space before flowing over the wall into the next unit. That's because J. Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, ordered the designers to construct them this way. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, author Frances Wilson says it's shocking but believable that Ismay, a businessman who knew nothing about shipping technology, had the final word over the design of the largest ship in the world .

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