Monday's News & Ideas

  • Changing seminary assumptions
  • CoE attendance
  • Supreme Justices got religion
  • Assisted dying & suffering of others
  • Pope's sex abuse commission
  • How to be a better son/daughter

From libraries to launching padsAssociated Baptist Press: Today's seminary students can't commit their time and lives to an educational institution. That's going to require a shift in assumptions about theological education.

Church of England Sunday attendance continues downward slideReligion News Service: Attendance figures released by the Church of England show that Sunday worship attendance continues its downward slide and now stands at about half of what it was 45 years ago.

High court with vocally devout justices set to hear religious objections to health-care lawWashington Post: There's something that makes the current Supreme Court different from some of its recent predecessors. The justices got religion.

Privacy and suicide's complex synergy: we must talk openly of our demonsThe (London) Guardian: Assisted dying bill is part a whole culture that cannot deal with the suffering of other people and would prefer it to be out of sight and out of mind.

Pope taps women, victims for sex abuse commissionAssociated Press: Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, signaling an openness to reach beyond church officials to plot the commission's course and priorities.

The Spark

How to be a better son or daughterAfter losing her patience while trying to help her mom with a computer, Alison Seifer began to wonder: What can I do to be a better, more grateful child to this woman who dedicated so much of her life to me? In Scientific American, Seifer offers some tips to encourage gratitude and banish grouchiness.

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