Monday's News & Ideas - 11/26/2018

  • Epidemic of empty churches
  • Where Americans find meaning
  • Faith leaders & California wildfires
  • Progressives, populism & religion
  • Embracing the marathon
  • Fear of immigrants

America's epidemic of empty churches
The Atlantic: Religious communities often face a choice -- sell off the buildings they can no longer afford, or find a way to fill them with new uses.

Where Americans find meaning in life
Pew Forum: Economic, religious and political divides shape where Americans find meaning -- but family, career and friendship emerge as common themes.

How faith leaders respond to tragedies like the California wildfires
Vox: "You have two ears and one mouth, so you've got to be listening twice as much as you're talking."

What progressives need to defeat Trump: populism and religion
The (London) Guardian: Together the two have generated some of the most vital moments of democratic change in the modern era, say Luke Bretherton and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins.
Slate: Trump's Christian apologists are unchristian

Instead of fighting against the disruption, church choir embraces the Philadelphia Marathon
Runners World: Road closures messed with their service for years. This year, the members decided to do something positive about it.

The Spark

Americans who fear the migrant caravan don't meet very many immigrants
New research finds that residents of the Southeast, Midwest, and Mountain Northwest are more likely to view the caravan as a threat than their counterparts in the Northeast and Southwest -- where immigrants make up a larger share of the local population. As Pacific Standard reports, Americans who interact with more immigrants are less likely to fear them.

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