Friday's News & Ideas

  • Goodbye lucrative career; hello ministry
  • Setting the stage for someone else to star
  • How do we get the "nones" back to church?

A Love of God, and the stageThe New York Times: Jay Wegman always thought he would have to choose between ministry and theater, except somehow he never did.

A faith for the ‘nones’Washington Post: A new book on religion in America will make just about everyone constructively uncomfortable, says Michael Gerson.ABC News: Young Americans losing their religion

Banking on priesthoodNational Post: Broker leaves behind a lucrative career to become a man of the cloth.

University of Arkansas to establish Center in Faith and Spirituality in the WorkplaceU of A, Daily Headlines: Sam M. Walton College of Business receives $2 million to establish the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace.

The Spark

Great Performances -- Behind the scenes

If you have never understood why opera has been called "the most expensive human endeavor, with the possible exception of war," a day at the Metropolitan Opera explains it. The divas, maestro, managers and orchestra are just part of the equation, the Wall Street Journal reports. So much else goes into the productions, made more complicated by the Met's tradition of staging operas in repertory. With three changes of sets for three different operas in a day, the Met is often a 24-hour operation. Make that a 24/6 operation, and occasionally 24/7.