Monday's News & Ideas

  • John Perkins on Ferguson
  • Francis urges Korean reconciliation
  • Nuns as superheroes
  • Benefits of a small church
  • Religion's firewall
  • The no ice bucket challenge

John Perkins: The sin of racism made Ferguson escalate so quicklyChristianity Today: The Christian civil rights leader responds to the shooting death of Michael Brown.Washington Post: Two churches in Missouri are filled with faith, but common ground remains elusive

Pope Francis urges inter-Korean reconciliationBBC: Koreans, Pope Francis said, should reject a "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" and find new paths to build peace.

Sister ActsThe New York Times: After trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet, Nicholas Kristof says: Nuns.

Four unexpected benefits of a small churchLeadership Journal: You see empty pews. Jonathan Schindler sees community.

Religion's firewall holds out against evils of our ageThe (Nashville) Tennessean: If belief acquiesces to today's inhuman powers, then no wonder rising numbers reject it. But religion has a firewall that resists demagoguery, nostalgia and injustice.

The Spark

Take the "no ice bucket" challengeFacebook has become saturated with videos of people dumping buckets of ice on their heads as part of the #icebucketchallenge, a viral phenomenon to raise money for charity. But at Slate, Will Oremus suggests taking the no ice bucket challenge: Just donate the money.

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