Tuesday's News & Ideas - 10/1/2019

  • Pope discusses LGBTQ Catholics
  • Why we don’t get along
  • Rising neo-paganism among youth
  • Christian group’s rights violated
  • Fighting burnout as a team
  • The tragedy of the disappearing commons

Pope Francis meets with priest to discuss LGBTQ Catholics
Religion News Service: Pope Francis met with American Jesuit priest James Martin, a move some advocates say is a signal of support for a priest who has come under fire for calling on Catholics to be more compassionate to LGBTQ people.
National Catholic Reporter: Catholic LGBT advocates praise Francis' meeting with Jesuit Fr. Jim Martin

Southern Baptist civility study examines why we don’t get along
Baptist News Global: Read a newspaper, put down the smart phone and get to know your neighbors. These are among suggested remedies for a “caustic, toxic, ignorant and corrosive” American public square in a study by the Southern Baptist Convention.

Could neo-paganism be the new 'religion' of America?
Big Think: Witchcraft and pagan spiritualities are on the rise in the United States -- especially within mainstream youth culture.

Judge (again) finds Iowa violated Christian group's rights
Inside Higher Ed: For the second time this year, a federal court rules that University of Iowa breached the group's First Amendment rights by de-registering it. This time, the judge says individual administrators could be liable.

What happens when teams fight burnout together
Harvard Business Review: Without challenging the deeply embedded mindset that more, bigger, faster is always better, institutional wellbeing offerings don’t get fully supported, nor are they widely and freely utilized.

The Spark

What the 17th-century ideal of a ‘commons’ means in the 21st century
Is there even such a thing anymore as a completely public space in a country that has become more focused on individual rights than on collective ones?

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