Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Rowan defends approach
  • Bigger clergy workloads
  • God off the campaign trail
  • Unitarians growing
  • Avoiding class-talk
  • Wealth disparity

Rowan Williams defends outspoken approach as archbishopThe (London) Guardian: Spiritual head of the Church of England is confident that his successor will be equally combative in public life.

Clergy struggling to cope with bigger workloadsChristian Today: Parish priests may be able to enjoy the odd bit of tea and cake, but many clergy are finding themselves saddled with an ever-growing workload.

Both candidates leave God off the campaign trailNPR: Religion used to be everywhere in the presidential elections. What a difference a few years make.

Unitarian faith growing nationwideUSA Today: Although small in total numbers, Unitarians believe their open-minded faith has a bright future as an alternative to more exclusive brands of religion.

The white working classSightings: While class-talk does not tell us everything, it tells us much, and we neglect it at our peril if we want to deal intelligently with politics, cultural life and, yes, church life.

The Spark

'The American dream has become a myth'At Columbia University, wealth and poverty are closer together than they are in many places in New York City. This is where American economist and 2001 Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz works as a professor. In a Spiegel interview, Stiglitz discusses how wealth disparity is dividing America .

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