Monday's News & Ideas - 9/24/2018

  • Politics & church
  • Kavanaugh & prep-school culture
  • Political not partisan
  • Controlling Christianity in China
  • Jewish Mr. Rogers
  • Letter from Phantom Ranch

Do politics belong in church?
Christian Century: 11 pastors and theologians weigh in.

Improper formation?
Commonweal: Kavanaugh & the prep-school culture.
America: Brett Kavanaugh and toxic masculinity: lessons from another all-male Jesuit high school

Faith leaders encouraging members to be 'political' not partisan
The Deseret News: Voter awareness efforts do come with some risks for faith groups that want to increase political engagement, not partisanship.

With Vatican talks and bulldozers, China aims to control Christianity
The New York Times: The moves to assert control over Catholic and Protestant churches reflect a broader effort to establish control over society under President Xi Jinping.
The (London) Guardian: Vatican signs historic deal with China -- but critics denounce sellout

Where is the Jewish Mister Rogers?
Religion News Service: Judging from his Facebook feed, Jeffrey Salkin may be the last rabbi in America to see the bio-pic about Fred Rogers -- "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

The Spark

Letter from Phantom Ranch: Meet the man who lives at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
As Pacific Standard reports, Sjors Horstman has spent the last 30 years of his life at the bottom of the Grand Canyon as a volunteer for the National Park Service -- one of the longest-serving volunteers in NPS history .

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