Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Vanishing middle-class clergy
  • Limits to SBNR
  • Digital decorum & sacred spaces
  • Read the obits page
  • Christianity & Louisville’s coffee culture
  • Learn to listen

Higher calling, lower wages: the vanishing of the middle-class clergyThe Atlantic: As full-time pastors become a thing of the past, more and more seminary grads are taking on secular jobs to supplement their incomes.

What the surveys don’t (and can’t) say about the rise of the “Spiritual But Not Religious”Religion Dispatches: While many speculate what the survey trends mean for the future of American religion, sociologist Nancy Ammerman has recognized the limits of the surveys and done her own research.

Smiling for 'Auschwitz selfies,' and crying into the digital wildernessCNN Belief blog: How might we help the emerging generation develop a digital decorum that accounts for sacred spaces? Can we incorporate electronic ethics into religious instruction?

Why you should be reading the obits pageU.S. Catholic: Known to wags as “the Irish sports pages,” the obits offer a daily invitation to contemplate one’s life here and hereafter.

How Christianity shapes Louisville's coffee cultureWFPL Louisville: Louisville's coffee scene has an undeniable undercurrent of Christianity that isn’t the case nationally.

The Spark

Tuning in: improving your listening skillsThe failure to listen well not only prolongs meetings and discussions but also can hurt relationships and damage careers. However, it is possible to improve your listening skills, the Wall Street Journal reports -- first, by becoming aware of the ways you may tune others out.

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