Monday's News & Ideas

  • Pope's biggest challenges
  • The 'other' in prison
  • New Philips Seminary dean
  • Peering over the wall we built
  • Mormon scripture changes
  • Inevitable progress isn't

The pope's four biggest challengesCNN Belief blog: Pope Francis has got his work cut out for him, with four challenges looming especially large.

I was in prison and you visited meDaily Episcopalian: Harvard interfaith prison ministry teams have found themselves moved by the experience of entering the world of those who seem so "other."

Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa names new deanThe Tulsa (Okla.) World: The Rev. Nancy Pittman will be the next dean of Phillips Theological Seminary.

A new pope and the remodeling of the world's moral mapLos Angeles Times: The election of Pope Francis may have opened our eyes to Christianity's future, as we peer over the wall we ourselves constructed.

Mormons change references to blacks, polygamyNPR: The Mormon Church released this week the most significant changes to its scripture since 1981.

The Spark

With both lifespan and the economy, forever wanting more diminishes usThe Rev. Giles Fraser was lying in bed with the flu when a Malthusian picture began to take shape in his fevered imagination. Writing in The (London) Guardian, he says the idea that science and technology can fix everything for us is fundamentally a belief in magic.

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