Monday's News & Ideas

  • Hobby Lobby ruling expected
  • Business lessons for church
  • Berlin's House of One
  • PC(USA) decision & seminaries
  • Answer to religious extremism
  • Talk in the age of Smartphones

Awaiting Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, public favors contraception mandateReligion News Service: The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Obamacare.

How a modern parish can succeed in these stark, complex timesNational Catholic Reporter: The church is not a business, but it does have a stewardship responsibility to use the scarce resources that are available to it as effectively as possible.

Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?BBC: Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build a place where they can all worship.

Same sex marriage in the Presbyterian church could hurt their seminariesThe (London) Guardian: PCUSA's landmark decision could see more members leaving not just the denomination, but its seminaries, Anathea Butler says.

Religious extremism: The answer is more religionBoston Globe: What is needed even in an age marked by religious violence is not less religion, but more. Religion is its own antidote.

The Spark

Redefining what it means to talk in the age of SmartphonesTalking is a big part of who we are as humans. But as NPR reports, the way we talk to each other is changing. Our voices are being drowned out by the pitter-patter of keyboards; we're always typing, texting, responding. But that may not be a bad thing.

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