Monday's News & Ideas

  • Friendship across Episcopal divide
  • Welby a success
  • Hard work of faith
  • Shrinking congregation in Muncie
  • Outdoor Church of Cambridge
  • Dante's self-help book

Two ministers forge friendship across a church divideThe New York Times: The two ministers were foes before they ever met, partisans in a war they did not start, but partisans nonetheless.

Justin Welby: the hard-nosed realist holding together the Church of EnglandThe (London) Guardian: Justin Welby now looks like the best archbishop of Canterbury the Church of England could possibly have.

Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faithFort Worth Star-Telegram: Faith practiced well is like any other discipline worth pursuing: It requires work, commitment and study.

Shrinking congregation worrisome for 142-year-old churchThe (Muncie, Ind.) Star Press: One of Muncie's oldest and most beautiful churches is threatened by very low attendance and an aging congregation.

Outdoor Church invites homeless in on EasterBoston Globe: The Outdoor Church of Cambridge is in the city every week, ministering to people who may not feel comfortable in more traditional churches.

The Spark

The ultimate self-help book: Dante's 'Divine Comedy'Everybody knows that "The Divine Comedy" is one of the greatest literary works of all time, Rod Dreher writes in The Wall Street Journal. What everybody does not know is that it is also the most astonishing self-help book ever written.

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