Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Robert Bellah, RIP
  • More on Millennials
  • Conservative Catholics & Pope Francis
  • Gay marriage & saving marriage
  • Welcome at the table
  • Med student: I remember you

Died: Robert Bellah, sociologist who diagnosed American civil religionChristianity Today, Gleanings: Author of 'Habits of the Heart' lamented decline of family and community-years before almost anyone else.

How to keep Millennials in the church? Let's keep church un-cool.Washington Post: Brett McCracken says Millennials could perhaps just shut up for a minute and listen to the wisdom of those who have gone before.CNN Belief blog: Why are Millennials leaving church? Try atheism

Conservative Catholics and the new popeThe New York Times: Ross Douthat on what a more "liberal" papacy might offer to conservative believers.

Can same-sex couples help save marriage?Washington Post: E.J. Dionne Jr says the end of rancor over gay marriage should mark the beginning of an effort to save marriage itself.BBC: States deal with gay marriage aftermath

Why do they come for communion when not baptized?Daily Episcopalian: Why do they come and not receive? Why do they come and receive when not baptized?

The Spark

But I remember youAt Scientific American's Unofficial Prognosis blog, Harvard Medical student Ilana Yurkiewicz pays tribute to the many patients she has met and learned from. "You may not remember me. But you changed me."

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