Thursday's News & Ideas - 4/28/2016

  • Yale honors Pauli Murray
  • Study guide helps Christians understand Islam
  • Hawaii church imports igloos
  • Diversity might lead to decline
  • Bring back the Angelus prayer
  • The damage caused by guns never fired

Pauli Murray LAW ’65, Benjamin Franklin honored
Yale Daily News: A new residential college at Yale University will be named for Pauli Murray, a pivotal figure in 20th century African-American civil rights history. Murray is a Yale Law School alumna and was the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.
Chronicle of Higher Education: Yale keeps name for college that honors a slavery apologist

Guide helps Minnesota Christians and Muslims be good neighbors
Star-Tribune: A Minnesota pastor is helping to design a study guide to ease tensions between Christians and Muslims.

Hawaii church deploying igloos to house homeless families
Associated Press: A church in Hawaii looking to address the state's ongoing homelessness crisis has settled on a solution that on first look appears better suited for the frigid winters of Alaska than the islands' tropical climate: igloos.

Why greater diversity may (temporarily) thin out your pews
Religion News Service: Churches are increasingly concerned about racial and ethnic diversity. This concern may be the right move theologically but it may come at a cost. New research suggests that congregations that become more diverse are more likely to see a decline in church attendance.

To nurture unity, bring back the Angelus
National Catholic Reporter: Look at the daily prayer of the church and imagine with me, writes Melissa Musick Nussbaum. We bring back as a common practice the midday Angelus, the brief noonday prayer of the church. It's a simple prayer, a proclamation of the Incarnation, God coming in human flesh, and so making all flesh holy.

The Spark

The day I told my father to shoot himself

Writer Jennifer Bliss assumes she would have adopted an anti-gun stance as an adult regardless, but her childhood experience left an indelible mark. “I’ve never spoken about what it was like growing up in a house overflowing with guns,” she writes. “But now I understand how even weapons that are never fired can wound us for life.”