Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • In the city, but not the church
  • Social media & religion
  • Ala. synagogue reaches out
  • Conservatives question Pope
  • School holidays & Islam
  • Little House's lovely writing

Young adults in the city but not in the churchMennonite World Review: Pittsburgh's young Mennonites discuss church attendance.

How social and digital media are changing #religionDeseret News: More believers are using social media in their religious practice.

An Alabama synagogue, once struggling for congregants, stretches out its handThe New York Times: A few years ago, Temple Emanu-El was just another congregation on the critical list.

Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis's approachWashington Post: Rattled by Pope Francis, many conservative Catholics are doing what only recently seemed unthinkable: They are openly questioning the pope.

Muslims say they deserve school time off for holidays, tooReligion News Service: Muslim Americans try to get school officials to recognize Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr as official holidays.

The Spark

The Little House books: reading and rereadingRereading the "Little House Books" recently for a review in Commonweal, Mollie Wilson O'Reilly was impressed again with how talented a writer Laura Ingalls Wilder was. "'Overhead the wind went wailing lonely in the cold dark' is as lovely a sentence as I hope to read in any book this year."

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