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August 10, 2012

Friday's News & Ideas

American nuns and the fate of liberal Christianity
New York Times: Ross Douthat writes that it's fair to see the Leadership Conference on Women Religious as torn between two alternatives; one biblical and gospel-centered, liturgical and devotional, creedal and churched. Proponents of the other view argue that there's simply no going back the old creeds and dogmas and institutions.
Religion News Service: Vatican showdown the latest chapter in Sister Pat Farrell's dramatic life
Seattle Times: Low-profile Seattle archbishop not afraid of controversies

James Solheim, 'ecumenical communicator,' dies at 73
James E. Solheim, best known as the Episcopal Church's news director in an era bookended by the election of Anglicanism's first female bishop and the ordination of its first openly gay bishop, died Aug. 8 after several weeks' hospitalization.

Good fees make good neighbors
InsideHigherEd: Wofford College, a liberal arts institution in Spartanburg, S.C., struck up a deal with a college of osteopathic medicine to set up a branch at a medical center a few blocks from Wofford. The three-way partnership provides an unconventional source of revenue for Wofford without the college having to compromise its liberal arts mission.

Faith Perspectives: Why I'm an interim pastor
Green Bay Press Gazette: The Rev. Beth Macha of the ELCA writes about the joy in helping congregations make healthy transitions.

How goals and good intentions can hold us back
99u: A new study suggests that staying focused on our goals detracts from the inherent pleasures of the activities we need to pursue to achieve those goals.

The Spark

Tintypes
Photographer Michael Shindler has made portraits of about 3,500 people who have come to his tintype portrait studio in San Francisco. "Some of them came looking for me and some just wandered in and asked what we were doing there. Either way, I do not choose who I photograph, and I like the exercise of being constantly confronted with new people and having to figure out what I find interesting about them," he said. The results are a haunting mix of old and new.

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