Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/11/2018

  • Replanting shuttered churches
  • Candidates & religious faith
  • Laypeople are the church
  • Church crackdown in China
  • Fitness classes & religion
  • Wasting time

Shuttered houses of worship get a reboot, find new life
Religion News Service: At a time when many decommissioned houses of worship are converted into nightclubs, restaurants, and even condominiums, a different kind of transformation is also taking place, as dwindling congregations are being "replanted" with new ones.

Poll: Voters open to candidates without deep religious faith
Associated Press: Relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a new poll.

We all are 'priests': Laypeople, not ordained, hold church's power
National Catholic Reporter: Bill Tammeus suggests that the Catholic Church might be healthier and freer of scandal if people in the pews recognized that they are the church and that it's their responsibility to hold their ordained leaders accountable.

Group: Officials destroying crosses, burning Bibles in China
Associated Press: China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning Bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China.
The (London) Guardian: China cracks down on 'chaotic' religious information online

"CrossFit is my church"
Vox: How fitness classes provide the meaning that religion once did.

The Spark

Making the case for wasting time
The passing of Labor Day heralds the unofficial end of another American summer, a season celebrated as a time to embrace the joy of doing less. But as Danny Heitman writes at HUMANITIES, doing less is an ideal we should embrace throughout the year.

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