Wednesday's News & Ideas - 7/5/2017

  • Trump & White Christian America
  • Canadian church incubators
  • Gospel sermons on records
  • Pathos, bathos & euthanasia
  • Spiritual meaning in Harry Potter
  • Former enemies meet for coffee

Trump can't reverse the decline of White Christian America
The Atlantic: Two-thirds of those who voted for the president felt his election was the "last chance to stop America's decline." But his victory won't arrest the cultural and demographic trends they opposed.
The Washington Post: Trump brings up the war on Christmas -- in July

United Church embraces startups as it updates its social mission to engage millennials
The (Toronto) Globe & Mail: With prime real estate in cities across the country going increasingly unused, the United Church of Canada is testing out the idea of opening sacred space up for incubation.

When gospel sermons came on the phonograph
The Conversation: African-American "folk" preachers blended homespun sermon and song to offer life lessons on how to survive in a world of inequality and virulent racism.

Pathos, bathos, and euthanasia
Commonweal: Celebrating the "gift" of death?

The search for spiritual meaning in Harry Potter
The Economist: Finding the transcendent in tales for children.

The Spark

The Lebanese café where former enemies meet for coffee
In Tripoli, a city in northern Lebanon, there's a new café where all the employees are former combatants -- from opposing sides. As The Observers reports, the café is helping residents bridge the historic divide between them -- over a cup of coffee.

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