Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Chicago archbishop reflects on leadership
  • Religions flourish in China
  • Colleges in financial trouble
  • Stroke survivors and church
  • Fix bad habits
  • When broken is beautiful

As Chicago archbishop, Cupich may face culture war mentality National Catholic Reporter: Challenges facing the Catholic church in America require leaders to be "real" and not "get caught up in living in our own little bubble of an idea," newly appointed Chicago archbishop Blase Cupich told NCR in an interview Sunday.

Religions are growing in China -- thanks, in part, to self-censorshipWilson Quarterly: While religious practices have grown in China, the government maintains a stance that puzzles some, but which has surprising benefits for Beijing.

How U.S. colleges are screwing up their books, in three charts Businessweek: U.S. colleges and universities are living beyond their means, according to a new study that uses government data to evaluate the institutions’ balance sheets. Not one elite liberal arts college is categorized as being financially sound, and 70 percent are at risk.

Peggy Goetz on churches and stroke survivorsCalvin Institute of Christian Worship: Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults around the world, so your congregation probably includes -- or will soon include -- stroke survivors. In this interview, Calvin College researcher Peggy Goetz explains what she has found about the experience of stroke survivors in their church communities.

Fix bad habits: Insights from a 7-year obsession99U: We all have lousy habits. Things we’d like to do, or know we should, but just don’t seem to happen: exercise, diet, productivity or flossing longer than a week after the visit to the dentist.

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How does glitchy art show us brokenness is beautiful?We all love broken things. WAIT WHAT?! Yes, you read that correctly. You may have noticed this thing called "glitch," where people purposely push machines to malfunction, creating fascinating "mistakes." A video on the PBS Ideas Channel explores why we are so interested in these images, music, or objects that are structurally or formally broken.

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