Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Faith in the bully pulpit
  • Sorry about that interfaith thing
  • 21st century rabbi
  • Hindu retirement community
  • Technological marvel: the phone
  • Hairdo archeologist

Religion, readability and the presidency: a historic combinationCNN Belief blog: Employing faith, whether calling for nationwide prayer or healing the nation by quoting scripture, is a presidential tradition as old as the office itself.

Lutheran pastor apologizes for praying at Newtown vigilReligion News Service: Missouri-Synod Lutheran pastor in Newtown, Conn., has apologized after being reprimanded for participating in an interfaith vigil following the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The 21st-century rabbiThe Jewish Daily Forward: Editorial: Defining and sustaining the role of the modern rabbi is one of the most vital challenges before the American Jewish community today.

Orlando retirement complex caters to aging Hindu immigrantsReligion News Service: Fifty years after they began arriving from India, the first generation of Indian-Americans is retiring and finding itself in a quandary.

Just call someone alreadyHarvard Business blogs: Open yourself up to the possibility a phone call offers. Discover this remarkable device called the telephone.

The Spark

On pins and needles: stylist turns ancient hairdo debate on its headBy day, Janet Stephens is a hairdresser at a Baltimore salon, trimming bobs and wispy bangs. By night she dwells in a different world, the Wall Street Journal reports. At home in her basement, with a mannequin head, she meticulously re-creates the hairstyles of ancient Rome and Greece. Stephens is a hairdo archaeologist.

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