Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Interdependence and leadership
  • New Faith-Based Initiatives leader
  • All hail Walt Whitman

Church with woman pastor expects further rebuke from Georgia BaptistsAssociated Baptist Press: A church denied voting rights in the Georgia Baptist Convention because it is led by a woman pastor could face full ouster.Christianity Today, Gifted for Leadership Blog: Supporting the surge

Lessons of interdependenceThe State of Things, WUNC: Stanley Hauerwas explores the lessons that the L’Arch communities offer for the church and the world.

Broadening leaders’ mindsFinancial Times: Leaders’ Quest aims to improve leadership around the world by bridging divides between sectors and cultures.

Keeping faith communities vital in an ailing economyUnited Church News: As faith communities search for ways to stay afloat, here’s some advice from two church consultants. First tip: Start now.

Leaders say Obama has tapped pastor for outreach officeThe New York Times: Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal pastor and political strategist, to direct a revamped office of faith-based initiatives.

The Spark

Poet as prophet: The religious Whitman and his disciplesThe link between religion and poetry has largely been lost to the popular mind in the Western world, especially in the United States. Even the few Americans who regularly read poetry rarely treat it as sacred texts or scripture. Neither are poets acclaimed as prophets and religious teachers or revered as Christ-figures. But such was not always the case, according to a Religion and Ethics Newsweekly review of “Worshipping Walt,” a study of Walt Whitman and his most admiring acolytes.