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July 5, 2012

Thursday's News & Ideas

Is America a Christian nation?
Huffington Post: Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine.

The Rev. John E. Brooks dies at 88
New York Times: The Rev. John E. Brooks, president of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., took steps to integrate the institution in the days after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when Brooks was a professor there.

Influential N.J. pastor lands prestigious bishop position
The Star-Ledger: The Rev. Reginald Jackson, head of the state's Black Ministers Council and pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Orange, was elected this week as a bishop at the 49th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference.

10 real reasons pastors quit too soon
ChurchLeaders.com: More than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month. To prevent the continued flight of our pastors, we need to understand the cause of the problem, says Tim Peters.

A rape survivor now ministers body and soul
New York Times: On the Sunday after she was attacked at age 15, Marcia Mount Shoop went to church. Now a Presbyterian pastor, she has developed religious teachings aimed at repairing the rift between mind and body, soul and spirit.

The Spark

We think, therefore we are
Public forums for discussing ideas are flourishing in Britain -- in pubs, salons and clubs. Jules Evans, writing in the Financial Times, wonders if this communal philosophy movement will have a lasting impact. 

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