Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • How can you create a culture of innovation?
  • Washing away sin indoors
  • Church of England gets help to navigate financial crisis
  • Volunteering that doesn’t interrupt your schedule

How Whirlpool puts new ideas through the ringerBusiness Week: The appliance maker decided 10 years ago to try to be no. 1 in innovation. But that required a process to encourage creativity while also evaluating and discarding ideas that don’t make sense. Outdoor baptisms dwindlingUSA Today: The Rev. Michael Owens says nothing compares with dunking someone toward salvation. "Spirit's in that water," Owens said after a recent baptism in northeast Louisiana.  Catholic sisters queried about doctrine, fidelityThe Oklahoman (Associated Press): A Vatican-ordered investigation into Roman Catholic sisters in the U.S., shrouded in mystery when it was announced seven months ago, is shaping up to be a tough examination of whether women's religious communities have strayed too far from church teaching. Church of England Selects a Portfolio ManagerWall Street Journal: The Church of England has appointed a fund manager for its $7.5 billion investment portfolio.

The Spark

Smart-phone app lets you do good deeds in your spare timeThe Christian Science Monitor: For most people, volunteering means spending a few hours at a soup kitchen or tutoring a student over the weekend. But modern smart phones such as the Apple iPhone now allow for meaningful volunteering during the in-between times.  Call it on-demand volunteerism. That’s the idea behind The Extraordinaries, a San Francisco-based group, whose mission is to get people to volunteer whenever it’s convenient.