Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Just coffee
  • Bishops urge ban on nun's book
  • Outlaw Preachers in Memphis
  • Jewish denominations?
  • Satanism up, exorcisms too
  • Escalators and a higher calling

Coffee importers' efforts grounded in faithLos Angeles Times: Just Coffee sells Fair Trade blends to churches and others, using the money to address illegal immigration by helping Mexican growers remain on their farms.

Bishops urge Catholic schools to ban a nun's bookThe New York Times: A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops says book by Fordham theologian Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson should not be used in Catholic schools because it does not uphold church doctrine.National Catholic Reporter: Maryknoll gives Bourgeois notice of removal from order

'Radical' preachers buck mainstream ChristianityMemphis Commercial Appeal: Outlaw Preachers, interdenominational group of pastors, say their belief in "radical inclusivity" has them on the outs with mainstream Christian churches.

Enumerating Jewish denominationsThe Jewish Daily Forward: Do Jews have denominations, sects, movements and groups like the goyim?

Looking inside Presbyterian congregationsPCUSA: New research examines how Presbyterians are changing.

Surge in Satanism sparks rise in demand for exorcists, says Catholic ChurchThe (London) Telegraph: A surge in Satanism fuelled by the internet has led to a sharp rise in the demand for exorcists, the Roman Catholic Church has warned.

The Spark

Why escalators bring out the best in peopleLet's say you are trying to sell cookies for a school fundraiser at the local mall, and you want to pick the ideal spot to set up your table. You'd probably look for an area with a lot of traffic, prepare your sales pitch and maybe offer samples. But you might also want to consider another more surprising factor, the Scientific America reports: proximity to an escalator. Studies by scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill suggest there may be a curious connection between altitude and goodness.

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