Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Christian without church
  • Why GTS matters
  • Seminary scandals
  • A Franciscan document
  • Clergy's role in Ferguson
  • Habits of lucky people

Congregants flee traditional churches, but this former pastor rejoicesReligion News Service: Former pastor Kelly Bean, the author of "How to Be a Christian Without Going to Church," talks with Jonathan Merritt about the benefits of alternative forms of worship.

On the clock: General Theological Seminary and the fate of ProtestantismPatheos: To sell out a place like The General Theological Seminary is to shrink in presence and in a capacity for ministry. That's why the events at GTS matter so much, Frederick Schmidt says.

Seminary scandalsChristian Century: Should seminaries be more accountable to Churches?

A bombshell document at the Vatican synodThe New Yorker: The draft synod report is a Franciscan document.Religion News Service: Conservatives insist Vatican isn't changing teaching on gays or divorced Catholics

Clergy's role in the Ferguson protests is controversial and expectedSt. Louis Public Radio: There has also always been a tension between the roles that religious leaders fill.

The Spark

4 habits of lucky peopleIs it possible to make your own luck? Yes, Fast Company reports. Make the most of the chances you have with these habits of lucky people.

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