Monday's News & Ideas

  • Lin inspires
  • Chief Evangelist
  • NYC church evictions
  • Contraception compromise
  • Interfaith future
  • Aid work risk, innovation

From the pulpit and in the pew, the Knicks' Lin is a welcome inspiration New York Times: The children of Asian immigrants, like Lin, account for a sizable part of the explosion of theologically conservative churches -- catering largely to young, college-educated professionals -- in New York City.

Toronto Catholic archdiocese a multi-million organization in transition The Toronto Star: Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins doesn't like being called the archdiocese's CEO. It has too much of a corporate ring for a man who sees himself as a simple evangelist.

Evicted NYC congregations struggle for new space Associated Press: Scores of religious congregations are scrounging for cheap space in New York City as they prepare to be evicted, on constitutional grounds, from rooms they've been renting at public schools.

Birth control compromise Inside Higher Ed: The plans would let religious colleges and other faith-based employers avoid directly covering birth control in insurance policies they offer, and at least some religious groups are saying they will accept the compromise. Washington Post: U.S. bishops blast Obama's contraception compromise

Church seeks line between interfaith and intolerance Religion News Service: How does a Bible study instructor contrast the teachings and doctrines of another tradition and his own without seeming intolerant? Conversely, can increased sensitivity to religious diversity diminish the celebration of one faith tradition's distinctiveness?

Fighting for the right to pray The London Telegraph: Muslims are taking their worship on the streets, as Christians vow to battle a ban on praying in the council chamber. What is the future for faith in Britain?

The Spark

Helpers in a hostile world: the risk of aid work grows Aid workers may be an idealistic sort, but they're not naive. They know the risks of crossing oceans or pressing through to remote areas to build tent cities, run feeding stations, or treat the sick in what are by definition the most dangerous and least hospitable corners of the planet. In the decade since Sept. 11, The Christian Science Monitor reports that those risks have only increased. And while the work has become much more dangerous, aid workers are honing their ability to negotiate with unsavory regimes and find new paths to achieve traditional humanitarian goals.

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