Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Buildings, for more than worship
  • Religious groups too political?
  • Fundraising amid scandal
  • Discipleship & leadership
  • iSpirituality
  • Where people live longer

Back to the drawing board: Should churches be used for more than just Mass?U.S. Catholic: The religious landscape is shifting. Don't hunker down -- get creative.Associated Baptist Press: Should a dying church be repurposed?

Are religious groups too political?Religion & Politics: Stephen Prothero asks, how far should religious groups go when it comes to politics? Are U.S. religious leaders now crossing the line?

L.A. Archdiocese considers $200-million fund drive amid scandalThe Los Angeles Times: A consulting firm has been hired to study the feasibility of a campaign. The funds could be used to erase debts brought on by the priest sex abuse scandal.

The new archbishop of Canterbury should be a disciple rather than a leaderThe (London) Guardian: Justin Lewis-Anthony doesn't want Justin Welby to be a leader, but a disciple, and one who can help others to become disciples as well.

Get ready for Jewish iSpiritualityThe Jewish Daily Forward: The Spotify generation is redefining religion.

The Spark

The lovely hill: where people live longer and happierIn Loma Linda, Calif., people live 4 to 7 years longer -- and more healthily and happily -- than the rest of the country. What makes the community remarkable -- and remarkably health conscious -- is that it is home to one of the largest concentrations of Seventh-Day Adventists in the world. The Atlantic looks at their diet, lifestyle, and philosophy .

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