Tuesday's News & Ideas - 3/20/2018

  • Footwashing
  • Young people leading
  • Ky. student prayer law?
  • Cashless donations in UK
  • Christian rock founder
  • Um, uh, disfluencies

Holy water, holy feet
Commonweal: Footwashing reminds us that we are fragile creatures, that human life is vulnerable and precious -- and that God holds all of this, all of us, in her hands, says Isaac Villegas.

And a little child shall lead them
National Catholic Reporter: Young people are leading the way against US gun violence, says Joan Chittister.

Kentucky considers law on student prayer
Religion News Service: The Kentucky Legislature is considering mandating an annual day of student prayer.

Digital conversion: Church of England rolls out cashless donations
The (London) Guardian: Terminals to be available at more than 16,000 sites to make it easier for congregations to pay.

The founder of Christian rock music would've hated what it's become
AV Club: Larry Norman, one of the fathers of spiritual rock music, is the subject of Gregory Alan Thornbury's fantastic new biography, Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music?

The Spark

Your speech is packed with misunderstood, unconscious messages
Folk wisdom says that "ums" and "uhs" betray a speaker as weak, nervous, ignorant, and sloppy, and should be avoided at all costs. But as Nautilus reports, many scientists think that such "disfluencies" are an organic feature of speech that helps focus listeners' attention.

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