Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Virgin of Breezy Point
  • Sustainability vs. resilience
  • Cokesbury stores closing
  • Being the pastor's wife
  • Religion & politics
  • Nation in decline?

Faith in the face of destructionWall Street Journal:  The idea of the holy being imperishable to fire or other forces has deep roots within the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Virgin Mary of Breezy Point is just the latest example.

Learning to bounce backThe New York Times: Where sustainability aims to put the world back into balance, resilience looks for ways to manage in an imbalanced world.

All Cokesbury stores closing as UM Publishing House focuses on online and phone salesUnited Methodist Reporter: A fast-changing landscape in bookselling prompts UM publishing house to focus its energy and investments in selling online and through its call center.

Pastors' wives lack for role models. Who is there to represent us?Geez: Ruth, Victoria and Tammy Faye have one thing in common: they've all faced people's assumptions about what it means to be a pastor's wife.

Hopeful for explicit discussion from White House on religious diversityWashington Post: Eboo Patel suggests two things that he wishes had been discussed more in the campaign and that become themes for whoever wins the White House.St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Religion and politics a dangerous mix-on stage in "Les Mis"

The Spark

Notes on the decline of a great nationThe United States is frittering away its role as a model for the rest of the world, Der Spiegel reports. The political system is plagued by an absurd level of hatred, the economy is stagnating and the infrastructure is falling into a miserable state of disrepair. On this election eve, many Americans are losing faith in their country's future .

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