Thursday's News & Ideas - 10/10/2019

  • 'Emanuel' documentary features families
  • Preaching while depressed
  • Pastor in limbo after accusations
  • Tech religions are coming
  • Better brainstorming
  • Living like the Amish

Emanuel: a poignant documentary on the Charleston church massacre
The Guardian: Produced by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, the film allows the family members of those killed in the 2015 shooting to speak about love, loss and faith.

Preaching Good News when clinically sad
Mockingbird: A pastor who lives with depression says that those who view depression as a spiritual problem and those view it as a physical problem share a commitment to silence.  “What we are left with is a church that never speaks of mental illness. The problem is that mental illness affects everyone in our churches, including our pastors,” he writes.
Longreads: A band of British barbers are trying to save men’s lives, one haircut at a time*

Pastor lingers in limbo after disputed 2016 accusation of exploiting heiress
National Catholic Reporter: The case has played out in an atmosphere both of distrust of the church hierarchy and, conversely, the response of bishops sensitive about criticism of failure to act against ethical lapses by clergy in the past.

Technology-oriented religions are coming*
Quartz: Modern society has been unsuccessful in scaling new religions beyond the cults of personality or the niches of Scientology. But as the digital and virtual worlds evolve, this is set to change. The 21st century is setting the stage for a new type of widespread faith: technology-based religions.

For better ideas, bring the right people to the brainstorm
Working Knowledge: Better ideas emerge when extroverts and people open to new experiences put their heads together, according to new research. But what about introverts?

The Spark

Why office workers can’t sleep (and why that’s bad)
Science journalist Linda Geddes tested sleep theories by turning off the lights in her home at 6 p.m. Once her family adapted, they found that living without artificial light was a pleasure. The candles made the dark winter evenings feel cozier, and conversation seemed to flow more freely. Spending more time outside -- even in winter -- also was a joy.

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