Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/15/2017

  • British leader quits over faith
  • Ramadan fast saved lives in London fire
  • Alternative to 'Benedict Option'
  • 7 lessons from Uber crisis
  • Communion on a boat?
  • New poet laureate grapples with faith

Farron quits as Lib Dem leader over clash between faith and politics
BBC: Tim Farron, the leader of Britain’s pro-European Union Liberal Democrat Party, resigned on Wednesday. In a statement, he said he was "torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader."
National Review: Tim Farron’s resignation and the end of liberal Christianity

London Fire: Muslims beginning Ramadan fast may have saved lives in Grenfell Tower
Huffington Post UK: Muslims who were awake because they were beginning their Ramadan fast “saved people’s lives” when a deadly blaze broke out at a west London tower block, said a resident of the apartment building.

The book Christians should read instead of 'The Benedict Option'
America: Julián Carrón’s new book, “Disarming Beauty,” which asks Christians to lay down their arms and enter the public square with joy and confidence, may seem wildly naïve. Yet Carrón’s argument deserves careful consideration by Christians attracted to “The Benedict Option.”

7 leadership lessons you can learn from Travis Kalanick's response to Uber's culture crisis
Inc.: Travis Kalanick is one of the world's most-disliked CEOs right now, and Uber is one of its most-disliked companies. But a better future may be ahead for both, because there are many things he and Uber's board are doing right. The company's response to its current crisis provides leadership lessons for us all.

Wrangling South Carolina worshippers in unconventional settings
(Charleston) Post & Courier: Take communion on your boat? Not a problem at Macedonia Lutheran Church, where youth ushers in waterproof sandals will wade out to deliver the sacraments at the 8:30 a.m. lakeside service. This unconventional service may follow a broader trend away from larger, mega-church environments to smaller, more intimate worship experiences.

The Spark

"Moving toward what I don't know": An Interview with Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith, who was named U.S. Poet Laureate this week, talks in an interview about growing up in the black church and how it influenced her writing and her life. "Sometimes I feel like one of the struggles I have as a person and as a writer is to figure out my relationship to faith, which is one of those things that I feel marked by and belong to."