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August 21, 2012

Tuesday's News & Ideas

Does megachurch 'high' explain their success?
Religion News Service: Study suggests that worship services at megachurches can trigger a spiritual "high" that keeps congregants coming back for more.

Memphis Model -- hospitals, churches partner for good health
United Methodist Reporter: Memphis Model health and faith collaboration has brought powerful, positive health data while churning out hundreds of turnaround stories among the urban poor.

A new year in theological education
Associated Baptist Press: Every new school year offers a new opportunity for academicians to rethink what they do and why.

For the Amish, big agribusiness is destroying a way of life
The Atlantic: In upstate New York, small farmers are being squeezed out by agribusiness, but the buggy-driving members of a traditional sect may be hit hardest of all.

When students cross a line
Inside Higher Ed: Professor's e-mail renews vigorous discussions about professor's right to insist on civilized, reasoned discourse vs. students' right to say whatever they believe.

The Spark

On the trail of inherited memories
Sometimes Doreen Carvajal wonders how she ended up living on the brink of a sandstone cliff on the southern frontier of Spain. She went there in 2008 to take stock of her identity by reclaiming ancestral memories, history and DNA clues that she believes have been faithfully passed down for generations of her family, who left Spain during the Inquisition. Do genes have memory? Can the lives of our grandparents directly affect us decades later?

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