Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • No, we’re not Jedi
  • You call this ‘youth ministry’?
  • We don’t agree. We pray together.

Just a closer walk with theeWashington Post:  Franciscan friars trudge 300 miles in pilgrimage to D.C., finding kindred souls on the way.

Fresh perspective on youth ministryUM Portal, Gen-X Rising:  At the Duke Youth Academy, teen-agers spend two weeks living something like a monastic life, and get this: they love it.The Age (Australia):  Shaken but not stirred by stadium-rock spiritualityBBC:  Camp offers 'godless alternative'

We pray together. And that's enoughDaily Episcopalian:  Asked where his congregation stood on blessing same-sex couples, the Very Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely replied, “We don’t agree . . . .We pray together.”

Home buyers - how about an empty church?San Francisco Chronicle:  As congregations shrink, many are trying to sell their real estate holdings. But selling a church presents special challenges.

The Spark

The power of posterityLast week, New York Times columnist David Brooks was checking one of his favorite blogs, when he came upon a fantastical but thought-provoking question: What would happen if a freak solar event sterilized the people on the half of the earth that happened to be facing the sun? Not much immediately, if you take an individualistic view of the world. But we don’t lead individualistic lives, Brooks writes. “People live in a compact between the dead, the living and the unborn, and the value of the thought experiment is that it reminds us of the power posterity holds over our lives.”