Monday's News & Ideas - 7/9/2018

  • Church decline in Minnesota
  • Churches failing kids with disabilities
  • Religion & the Supreme Court
  • Catholic Church & birth control
  • 1968 submarine churches
  • Summer in the city

As churches close, a way of life fades
The (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune: Minnesota's mainline Christian denominations face unprecedented declines, altering communities and traditions celebrated for generations.

Study: U.S. churches exclude children with autism, ADD/ADHD
ARDA: America's religious communities are failing children with chronic health conditions such as autism, learning disabilities, depression and conduct disorders. And they have been doing it for a very long time.

Religion, the Supreme Court and why it matters
NPR: What, if anything, do the current justices' and potential nominees' faiths tell us -- and how has the religious makeup of the Supreme Court changed?

How the Catholic Church came to oppose birth control
The Conversation: July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI's encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
National Catholic Reporter: Abortion and the Supreme Court: how the debate has changed

Inspired by The Beatles' love gospel, 'submarine churches' bucked tradition
NPR: The 1968 release of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film influenced fashion, graphic design, music -- and even a short-lived organization of "submarine churches" based on the gospel of Lennon and McCartney: "All You Need Is Love."

The Spark

Sunday reading: Summer in the city
There's nothing like a New York City summer: as temperatures climb, the city comes alive. This week, The New Yorker brings five views, past and present, of New York at its sizzling best.

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