Friday's News & Ideas

  • Still sliding
  • eTalmud app
  • Old enough to convert?
  • Wheaton's emergency shift
  • Catholics on liberty & Obama
  • Big Girl

2011 numbers show U.S. members still slidingUnited Methodist News Service: UMC lost at least 71,971 U.S. members in 2011, roughly the equivalent of the Minnesota Annual (regional) Conference and Red Bird Missionary Conference combined.

eTalmud: the iPad future of the ancient textThe Atlantic: A new app edition of the Babylonian Talmud promises greater access and interactivity, but falls short on a few counts.

Girl of 10 can choose to convert from Judaism to Christianity, judge rulesThe (London) Telegraph: A 10-year-old Jewish girl has been permitted to become a Christian after a judge rejects claims by her mother that she had been "brainwashed" and was too young to change faith.

Wheaton's emergency shiftInside Higher Ed: Evangelical college covered emergency contraception inadvertently until uproar over federal mandate began. But late change complicates its legal position.

Poll shows Catholics side with bishops on religious liberty, but warm to ObamaReligion News Service: U.S. Catholics tend to agree with their bishops that religious liberties are at risk, but seem to be warming to President Obama.

The Spark

An Olympic weightlifter on football, breaking windows and the perfect liftPeople have called Holley Mangold "Big Girl" most of her life. She heard it growing up playing football against boys, it's what everyone called her when she was in an episode of MTV's "True Life" and it's how people think of her now that she's an Olympic weightlifter, Wired reports. Mangold's totally OK with that.

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