Thursday's News & Ideas - 2/16/2017

  • What would Niebuhr say?
  • Americans' feelings on religious groups
  • CoE synod turmoil
  • World Relief layoffs
  • Eat, pray, Lent
  • Tip from Ruth Bader Ginsburg

What would Niebuhr say?
Commonweal: Niebuhr’s moral arguments are more essential now than at any point since he lectured at Union Theological Seminary, says the school's dean at Niebuhr film premiere.

Americans express increasingly warm feelings toward religious groups
Pew Forum: Jews, Catholics continue to receive warmest ratings, atheists and Muslims move from cool to neutral.

Church of England in turmoil as synod rejects report on same-sex relationships
The (London) Guardian: Clergy vote against report by 100 to 93 in blow to archbishop of Canterbury as he tries to chart course between apparently unreconcilable wings of church

Christian aid group lays off staff in wake of Trump's executive order on refugees
Religion News Service: World Relief has announced it will lay off more than 140 staff members and close five local offices as a "direct result" of President Trump's order to more than halve the number of refugees resettled this year in the United States.

Eat, pray, Lent: Here's what Americans actually abstain from
Christianity Today: During the season of Lent, some Americans give up chocolate or alcohol. Others dump guilty pleasures like social media or binge-watching television. But most abstain from Lent itself.

The Spark

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's advice for success in marriage, the Supreme Court, and everything in between
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows a thing or two about how to succeed at life. And as Quartz reports, she recently shared the advice she has found most useful at work and in life. "It comes from my savvy mother-in-law, advice she gave me on my wedding day."

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