Friday's News & Ideas

  • Theology needs strangers
  • Problem with 'formation'
  • GTS agreement reached
  • Pew report on religion online
  • Crowdfunding World Adoption Day
  • Medicine & meaning of life

Theologians need strangers to help study faith outside of academic footnotesNational Catholic Reporter: One thing theological study has taught Zachary R. Dehm is that the worst theology is done at the exclusion of strangers.

"Priestly formation" is a term that really bugs me!Daily Episcopalian: The Rev. Pat Henking is developing a serious allergy to the idea of "priestly formation,"which she says yields a vision of preparation for priesthood that is clean, neat, sanitary and programmatic.

General Seminary board of trustees, dean and faculty reach agreementEpiscopal News Service: General Theological Seminary issues a short statement announcing an agreement reached between the board of trustees, dean and faculty.

One-fifth of Americans share religious experience onlineLos Angeles Times: One in five Americans share their religious thoughts and experiences on social networks, according to a Pew Research Center study on religion and electronic media.Pew Forum: Religion and electronic media

Hollywood pastor crowdfunds $4 million, launches "World Adoption Day"Forbes: The first ever "World Adoption Day," set for November 9th, is the brainchild of entrepreneurial Hollywood pastor, Hank Fortener.

The Spark

How long do you want to live?Writing in the Atlantic, Dr. Zeke Emanuel recently announced that he will stop receiving life-prolonging medical care at age 75. Now, writer and physician James Hamblin interviews Emmanuel, trying to understand why. What is the meaning of life?

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