Monday's News & Ideas

  • A prayer booth in city hall?
  • A church leader talks about the transcendental and trivial
  • U2charists focus service on the poor
  • Images of everyday holiness

‘We need to keep on struggling because our labor is not in vain’United Methodist News Service: The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist pastor and leader in the civil rights movement, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  A prayer for hard timesLos Angeles Times: A prayer booth in City Hall ministers to passersby losing faith. “It can't hurt,” one taker says. Challenges, scrutiny for Archbishop of WestministerTelegraph: Archbishop Nichols is a rare Church leader, equally comfortable talking about the transcendental as the trivial.  U2charistEpiscopal Café: A communion service held to the music of the Irish rock band U2 attracts many people from outside the Church. But just as importantly, this unconventional combination can focus the Church on what we are called to do, writes author Greg Garrett.

The Spark

Daily life in a holy cityNew York Times: Journalist Alfred Yaghobzadeh believes that being a Christian of mixed Armenian and Syrian heritage was a great advantage in gaining access to photograph the daily lives of the Iranian mullahs. Through such everyday images of dinner preparations and karate class, Yaghobzadeh offer a surprising glimpse into a highly insular world within a strictly conformist culture.