Monday's News & Ideas

  • Advocate for the damned
  • Young preachers
  • UMC clergy health
  • Faith and foreclosure
  • Religion and women
  • Incentives to innovate

Ron Nikkel a gentle advocate for the damnedToronto Star: Fellowship director travels the world to improve conditions in prisons.Young preachers spread the word at festivalLouisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal:  Pastors of all theological stripes gather at the Festival of Young Preachers.United Methodist initiatives boost clergy healthUM News Service: United Methodists take steps to improve clergy health. Putting their faith into the foreclosure fightBoston Globe: Religious groups lobby government, lenders.A nation of persuadersLos Angeles Times: When Brit Hume said Tiger Woods should change religions, he was only doing what Americans always do.The New York Times: Let’s talk about faithReligion and womenThe New York Times:  Why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most people regard as profoundly unethical: the oppression of women?

The Spark

How to make America more innovativeIs America no longer the land of innovation? Everyone from tech billionaires to columnists seems to think so. Most say the problem is a shortage of innovators and propose expanding the genius pipeline. But a new study argues that it's also important to get incentives right to induce innovations, Slate reports. If we want scientists to take the risks required to make groundbreaking discoveries, we have to recognize that we'll see a lot more failures as well. As Thomas Edison once said when asked about his lack of results, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."