Monday's News & Ideas - 3/20/2017

  • Neil Gorsuch & religion
  • Ethics & sanctuary movement
  • Network Christianity
  • Muslim gift to Notre Dame
  • State Dept. religious outreach
  • Busyness & quiet time

What is Neil Gorsuch's religion? It's complicated
CNN: In the black-and-white world of partisan politics, Supreme Court nominee's writings and religious life show several strands of gray.
The Atlantic: Gorsuch's selective view of 'religious freedom'

An ethical analysis of the 'New Sanctuary Movement'
Religion News Service: Moral issues look different when you are not just cogitating but have leadership responsibility for a community or an organization, David Gushee says.

How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline
The Conversation: A Christian movement led by popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as "apostles," is changing the religious landscape of America.

An unorthodox gift to Notre Dame from Muslim philanthropists
The New York Times: New institute will aim to deepen knowledge of religion and look to explain how the traditions and practice of various religions influence world events.

Religious outreach at the State Department in flux under Trump administration
Deseret News: Religion has played an increasing role in U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy over the last 15 years, but its status at the State Department may be threatened by proposed budget cuts and vacancies within the Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

The Spark

The busier you are, the more you need quiet time
Quiet time may be hard to come by, but it's essential for strategic thinking, the Harvard Business Review reports. Even incredibly busy people can cultivate periods of sustained quiet time.

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