Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Mean sheep
  • Balancing act in China
  • ECUSA approves blessing
  • 22 votes
  • US religious wonders
  • Travel abroad

Mean sheep: when clergy are abusedPatheos: As common as the experience can be, nothing prepares clergy for being mauled or mistreated by mean sheep. Here are some strategies for both pastors and laypeople.

Spreading the faith where faith itself is suspectThe New York Times: In China, religious leaders struggle with a constant balancing act, answering both to state authority and the exigencies of their faith.

Episcopal Church: Largest to approve same-sex union blessingReuters: Delegates to a convention of the Episcopal Church voted to approve a blessing for the unions of same-sex couples.

22 votes for a pastor -- for progressMinneapolis Star-Tribune: Five years ago, not a single member of the call committee would have considered calling a gay pastor. But this time, it was different.

8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.CNN: People rarely travel the U.S. in search of inspiring religious landmarks. After all, what religious wisdom could America, a country still in its youth at 236 years old, have to offer?

The Spark

To make America great again, we need to leave the countryNo politician will admit that the United States is no longer number one. But, as Elliot Gerson writes in the Atlantic, other nations do a lot of things better -- and we need to learn from them .

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