Friday's News & Ideas - 6/1/2018

  • Pope promises Chileans 'never again'
  • Q&A with Howard Divinity dean
  • Bp. Curry walks a fine line
  • South Koreans seek reunification
  • What will replace Fuller in Pasadena?
  • The town with too many organs

Pope promises ‘never again’ to sex abuse in Chile, re-opens investigation
Reuters: Pope Francis on Thursday promised Chilean Catholics scarred by a culture of clergy sexual abuse that “never again” would the church ignore them or the cover-up of abuse in their country, where a widespread scandal has devastated its credibility.
LA Times: Vatican at crossroads in handling clergy sexual abuse cases
NBC News: St. Paul archdiocese to pay $210M to clergy abuse victims

Q&A: Yolanda Pierce ’94 on rethinking theology in an age of increasing doubt
Princeton Alumni Weekly: “Faith is that process of asking the tough questions, demanding answers for the tough questions, living with doubt, but being willing to make the journey,” says Pierce, the first female dean of the Howard School of Divinity.

Bishop Michael Curry walks a fine line in the political fray
Religion News Service: Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, captivated a global audience at the royal wedding. His ascendancy has coincided with a surge of activism against the Trump administration by religious liberals, but questions remain as to whether Curry will use his newfound global influence to bolster their cause, pursue a broader audience or both, writes Jack Jenkins.

For many South Korean Christians, reunification with the North is a religious goal
The Conversation: Many Korean Christians are wary of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s overatures to South Korean president Moon Jae-in, including talk of reconciliation. Their preference is reunification: one democratic country where Christianity is openly practiced.

In Pasadena, what will replace Fuller Seminary?
Pasadena Star-News: Pasadena will miss Fuller's scholars, and many other parts of its presence. But the neighborhood has known for years that Fuller was changing deeply.

The Spark

The Vermont town that has way too many organs
The Estey Organ Company factory in Brattleboro, Vermont, shut down in 1960 after nearly a century of operation. And then, like the most improbable boomerangs, the organs started coming back. People started to donate them, one by one, to the Brattleboro Historical Society.

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