Monday's News & Ideas

  • Trying to make sense in LA
  • Atheist church
  • New General Seminary dean
  • Immigration & America's soul
  • Passing the peace
  • Rosa Parks' legacy

L.A.-area priests try to make sense of a tumultuous weekThe Los Angeles Times: Priests and their parishioners react to recent developments in the sex abuse scandal with varying degrees of anger, forgiveness, relief and uncertainty.US Catholic: LA Archdiocese's response to sex abuse cover up: Too little, too late?

'Not believing in God makes life more precious': meet the atheist 'churchgoers'The (London) Guardian: The Sunday Assembly may be godless, but a churchgoer who stumbled through the wrong door would find much they recognized.

Kurt H. Dunkle nominated as General Seminary's dean, presidentEpiscopal News Service: The Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park, Fla., as been nominated to be the next dean and president of The General Theological Seminary in New York City.

The biblical case for immigration reformWashington Post: Good immigration policy is a matter of reflecting "America's soul."

Passing the peaceThe Lutheran: It involves taking honest interest in the eyes and life of the one we're greeting.

The Spark

Rosa Parks' stamp on American historyToday, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a Rosa Parks stamp, the latest in a string of tributes honoring Parks. Yet these tributes rest on a narrow and distorted vision of her legacy, Jeanne Theoharis, author of a new Parks biography, writes at The Root. Doing justice to Parks' actual legacy thus requires something of us -- something much harder than a stamp or a statue.

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