Friday's News & Ideas

  • Crystal Cathedral transformed
  • Muslims rebut ISIS
  • The myth of religious violence
  • Hipster pastor gets TV show
  • Philosophy and leadership
  • The woman who walked 10,000 miles

Look Inside: The transformation of the Crystal Cathedral Religion News Service: Roman Catholic leaders in Southern California unveiled designs for the transformation of Robert Schuller’s famed Crystal Cathedral into Christ Cathedral, the new mother church for the sprawling Diocese of Orange.

Muslim scholars present religious rebuttal to Islamic State Reuters: Over 120 Islamic scholars from around the world, many of them leading Muslim voices in their own countries, have issued an open letter denouncing Islamic State militants and refuting their religious arguments. Euronews: British Muslims’ message to ISIL: Not in my name!

The myth of religious violence The Guardian: The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple.

Rich Wilkerson Jr., hipster pastor who married Kim and Kanye, starring in Oxygen reality show Miami New Times: The son of Rich Wilkerson Sr., a former TBN televangelist who has turned Trinity Church into a non-denominational Christian megachurch, is getting his own TV show. Oxygen is rebranding with five shows targeting young, modern women, including The Wilkersons, starring Pastor Rich.

How philosophy makes you a better leader Harvard Business Review blog: The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change. But what about the beliefs and values that drive behavior?

The Spark

The woman who walked 10,000 miles (no exaggeration) in three years Sarah Marquis has spent three of the past four years walking about 10,000 miles by herself, from Siberia through the Gobi Desert, China, Laos and Thailand, then taking a cargo boat to Brisbane, Australia, and walking across that continent. Along the way, she has starved, she has frozen, she has (wo)man-hauled. But the territory Marquis explores is really internal -- the nature of fear, the limits of stamina and self-reliance and the meaning of traveling in nature as a female human animal, alone.

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