Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Religious diversity at work
  • Mohler's 20 years at seminary
  • Amish & technology
  • Heaney's last words
  • Race & church greeters
  • Luxembourg's hopping heritage

Religious diversity is increasing at the office, and so are pitfallsReligion News Service: The American workplace is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommodations for believers -- and increasing the odds for uncomfortable moments around the water cooler.

Leader of Southern Baptist seminary marks 20 years, helped make school more conservativeAssociated Press: Albert Mohler has led SBC's flagship school for 20 years, restoring it to more conservative principles even though it meant purging faculty who were out of step with his beliefs.

Amish community not anti-technology, just more thoughtfulNPR: Many outsiders assume the Amish reject all new technology. But that's not true.

Seamus Heaney's last words were 'Noli timere', son tells funeralThe (London) Guardian: Poet texted Latin phrase meaning 'don't be afraid' to wife minutes before he died, says Michael Heaney.BBC: Seamus Heaney's son pays tribute to late poet at funeral

Charlotte pastor: "Only white people" at front door of churchWBTV Charlotte: Controversy has sparked at a north Charlotte church after a pastor sent an email asking that "only white people" stand at the front door to greet the congregation.

The Spark

Luxembourg's hopping heritageLuxembourg is one of Europe's smallest countries, bordered by two of its largest -- Germany and France. As BBC Magazine reports, this may be one reason why its national character is, for many people, hard to pin down. Could a peculiar religious dance hold a clue?

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