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July 11, 2012

Wednesday's News & Ideas

Mean sheep: when clergy are abused
Patheos: As common as the experience can be, nothing prepares clergy for being mauled or mistreated by mean sheep. Here are some strategies for both pastors and laypeople.

Spreading the faith where faith itself is suspect
The New York Times: In China, religious leaders struggle with a constant balancing act, answering both to state authority and the exigencies of their faith.

Episcopal Church: Largest to approve same-sex union blessing
Reuters: Delegates to a convention of the Episcopal Church voted to approve a blessing for the unions of same-sex couples.

22 votes for a pastor -- for progress
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Five years ago, not a single member of the call committee would have considered calling a gay pastor. But this time, it was different.

8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.
CNN: People rarely travel the U.S. in search of inspiring religious landmarks. After all, what religious wisdom could America, a country still in its youth at 236 years old, have to offer?

The Spark

To make America great again, we need to leave the country
No politician will admit that the United States is no longer number one. But, as Elliot Gerson writes in the Atlantic, other nations do a lot of things better -- and we need to learn from them .

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