Tuesday's News & Ideas - 8/28/2018

  • Millennial evangelicals
  • Embrace institutional death
  • Vatican power struggle
  • E.J. Dionne: how can we stay?
  • Clergy as mental health counselor
  • Skim reading, new normal

Millennial evangelicals diverge from their parents' beliefs
The New Yorker: The separation of families at the border, climate change, and other progressive causes have galvanized young Christians.

Let it die: why more churches should embrace institutional death
Bearings: Christians are awful about letting the ministries they create die, says Chanequa Walker-Barnes. What would it look like if they stopped fighting institutional death?

Vatican power struggle bursts into open as conservatives pounce
The New York Times: With the release of a letter, an ideologically motivated opposition has weaponized the church's sex abuse crisis to threaten not only Francis' agenda but his entire papacy.
CNN: The 'coup' against Pope Francis
The New York Times: What did Pope Francis know?

E.J. Dionne: Catholics left wondering, how can we stay?
The Washington Post: Catholics are now regularly asked: "How can you be a Catholic?" And, even more pointedly, "How can you stay?" This summer, these questions became much harder to answer.

Clergy not prepared to meet congregations' mental health needs
The (Nashville) Tennessean: Religious people tend to turn to clergy for help and support in times of trouble, but when it involves a mental health issue, their pastor or rabbi is usually ill-equipped to respond effectively.

The Spark

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound
When the reading brain skims texts, we don't have time to grasp complexity, to understand another's feelings or to perceive beauty. In The (London) Guardian, Maryanne Wolf says we need a new literacy for the digital age.

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