Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Pilgrims without progress
  • My Bright Abyss
  • Churches addressing mental health
  • M.Div. at 80
  • Claremont's new leader
  • Jewish in Christian suburbia

Pilgrims without progressAmerica: Andrew Bacevich says "The Unwinding" examines what happens to a society that privileges unencumbered individual autonomy over all other values. And the result is anything but pretty.

Faith healingThe New York Times: "My Bright Abyss" mounts a welcome assault on the complacent pieties of many Christians and the thoughtless bigotry of intellectuals who regard Christian faith as suitable only for idiots or fools

Mental health: Crises challenge rural pastorsUnited Methodist News Service: Churches in three adjoining Ohio counties collaborate to offer healing and hope in an area that suffers from high incidences of depression and domestic violence.

80-year-old graduates from Richmond seminaryRichmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch: About 10 years ago, Barbara B. Etta decided to retire after roughly 50 years of teaching and practicing social work, but something told her she wasn't done just yet.

Claremont School of Theology names Kuan as next leaderInland Valley (Calif.) Daily Bulletin: The Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan will be the seventh president of Claremont School of Theology, effective July 1.

The Spark

Growing up Jewish in Christian suburbiaBy the time novelist Caroline Leavitt was 5, she was already an outcast, she writes at the Jewish Daily Forward. It was the early 1960s, and she was part of the only Jewish family in a decidedly Christian suburb of Waltham, Mass.

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