Wednesday's News & Ideas - 3/20/2019

  • Harlem churches struggle with cost
  • Pastor flips church buildings
  • Sanctuaries and security
  • Gleiser wins Templeton Prize
  • Why colleges die
  • Children's classic turns 50

Houses of worship grappling with Harlem's development boom
Crain's New York Business: As Harlem real estate values skyrocket, shrinking congregations and crumbling buildings are putting tremendous financial pressure on local churches. Do they stay, sell or look for some middle path?

Minnesota church flipper gives empty religious buildings new life
The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune: Pastor Paul Marzahn is gaining a new reputation for an unusual side job he's juggling -- as a church flipper. "That's my calling. To see churches or nonprofits save some of these great buildings."

Once sanctuaries, houses of worship struggle with security
Deseret News: Houses of worship have traditionally been places of refuge where strangers are welcome. But high-profile attacks in recent have made many worshippers and their prayer leaders rethink how protected sanctuaries really are.

Templeton Prize winner: Marcelo Gleiser, physicist who beholds the universe's mysteries
Christianity Today: The agnostic is credited with bringing believers and religious questions into the scientific realm.

Why do colleges die?
Inside Higher Ed: Scholar looks at history of U.S. higher ed and finds that vulnerable colleges, most of them private, tend to close or merge when crisis pushes them "over the cliff."

The Spark

How 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' became a classic
Eric Carle's colorful story about metamorphosis remains a staple of baby showers and classroom bookshelves 50 years after its release writes The Atlantic.

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