Monday's News & Ideas

  • Americans inflate church attendance
  • Fear of failure in China

  • Gay book forces resignation
  • Sudanese death sentence not final

  • Baruch Urieli dies
  • Best commencement speeches

“I Know What You Did Last Sunday” finds Americans significantly inflate religious participation Public Religion Research Institute: A new study finds that every subgroup of Americans inflates their levels of religious participation, with young adults, Catholics and white mainline Protestants particularly likely to inflate the frequency of their attendance at religious services. Religion News Service: Poll: Americans stretch the truth on attending church

Learning to move fast and break thingsSlate: Is fear of failure holding back innovation in China?

NRB forces out WaterBrook Multnomah publishers over sister imprint's 'gay Christian' bookChristianity Today: A leading Christian book publisher has resigned its membership in the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) after a dispute over “God and the Gay Christian,” a new book published by an affiliated imprint.

Verdict not final for Sudanese sentenced to death for her Christianity, official says CNN: As outrage grows over a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christianity, the government defended the verdict, but said it's only preliminary. A Khartoum court last week convicted Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith.

Baruch Urieli obituary The Guardian: Baruch Urieli was born into a Viennese Jewish family, moving first to Israel and then Ireland after his family died in the holocaust. Influential in the Camphill Movement of working with people with disabilities, he was ordained a priest of the Christian Community, a Quaker-like high-church movement for religious renewal.

The Spark

The best commencement speeches, ever Something funny has happened to the familiar commencement address in the past 10 years. That something is YouTube. Steve Jobs' 2005 address at Stanford, to take just one example, has been viewed upwards of 20 million times. We are now in a golden age of the commencement speech as a hilarious, inspiring form of popular art. And to pay our respects to graduations past and present, NPR Ed and the NPR Visuals team have built a searchable, shareable database of over 300 commencement speeches dating back to 1774.

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