Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Obama, Romney discuss faith
  • Cathedral gets money for repair
  • Three leadership traits
  • Why the rich don't give
  • Prof disputes firing
  • Gene Kelly's 100th birthday

Obama, Romney open up about their faith in a church magazineCNN Belief blog: President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speak about their faith to Cathedral Age magazine. The interviews mark a rare instance of Romney talking about Mormonism, while Obama discusses his Christian faith in detail. Associated Press: Romney opening up -- a little -- about his religionDaily Mail: 'God is in control': Obama gets really religious in new interview

Cathedral gets $5M for earthquake repairsWashington Post: Washington National Cathedral has received a $5 million donation for earthquake repairs from Lilly Endowment Inc. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, which caused $20 million in damage to the cathedral.

Three leadership traits that never go out of styleHarvard Business Review: Vineet Nayar outlines three principles he learned as a child playing in the shadows of the Himalayas.

Isolated and under-exposed: Why the rich don’t giveThe Atlantic: As a share of their income, the richest people in the U.S. are giving at a significantly lower rate than the less affluent. Why? Turns out lower giving among the rich likely has much more to do with where they live and who they live near.

Professor says he was fired from Atlanta seminary over evangelical beliefsReligion News Service: A professor who was fired in July by the Interdenominational Theological Center says the Atlanta consortium of black seminaries discriminated against his conservative Christian views.

The Spark

The Marlon Brando of screen dance, 100 years onGene Kelly was a dancer, actor, singer, director and choreographer. And besides all that, he was hunky! Virile! Not to put too fine a point on it: sexy, with his athlete's body, his biceps and tight t-shirts. “He was that living image for male dancers,” says Edward Villella, founding artistic director of the Miami Ballet. On this, Kelly's 100th birthday, the best way to celebrate is to watch him dance.

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