Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Rowan, we'll miss you
  • US Muslim fears
  • Christian fears in Syria
  • Prison seminary expands
  • Jazz leadership lessons
  • JFK's speech on religion

Rowan Williams, we'll miss youThe (London) Guardian: Whatever his supposed shortcomings in an impossible job, the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury practices what he preaches.

Opinion: American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11CNN In America blog: The defamatory rhetoric directed at Muslims and Islam in this country has little to do with the actual religion or its adherents and everything to do with fear of the Other.

Christians fear violent backlash from Syria uprisingReuters: In the old city of Damascus, a small group of Syrians debate whether the time has come to flee one of Christianity's ancient heartlands.

Prison seminary program expands in CaliforniaAssociated Press: Seminary training program is being expanded to 18 California prisons and nearly 900 inmates, including women.

What biz leaders can learn from jazzFortune: Unlike business school, jazz shows us that following others is, in its own way, a higher form of leadership.

The Spark

The anniversary of Kennedy's landmark speech on religionOn September 12, 1960, candidate John F. Kennedy spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on the "religious issue"-- that is, how a Catholic president would navigate church-state relations while in office. In recent memory, the speech has taken on a new resonance, sparking much debate on its interpretation. Religion & Politics gives readers the opportunity to read, interpret, and appreciate the words again or, perhaps, for the first time .

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