Wednesday's News & Ideas - 4/27/2016

  • Kerry stresses religion's role
  • Britain struggles with identity
  • Greek Easter and the Divine Drama
  • Should Christians hold Seders?
  • Fewer people observe Sabbath
  • Spirituality of Snoopy

Kerry explains why religion is relevant to U.S. foreign policy
Washington Post: Invoking religion in an unusually direct manner, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday that religious communities can play a role in achieving foreign policy goals around the world.

Britain grapples with enduring questions of religion and race
New York Times: As Britain engages in fierce debates centered on national identity, it is also confronting challenges to traditional norms of political discourse, with issues of race and religion surfacing more overtly and provocatively.
The Guardian: Church of England issues EU referendum prayer

Easter on my island
Huffington Post: Justine Frangouli-Argyris recalls Holy Week on the island of Lefkada, when she and her sister lived “as if the Divine Drama was all ours. I remember us sobbing, our tears flowing freely, as a result of our belief that life would not be spared us just as it was not granted to our Christ!’”
Chicago Tribune: Orthodox Christians prepare for Holy Week, Easter

Should Christians hold Seders?
Religion News Service: It is becoming more common for Christians to mark the Jewish holiday of Passover, which ends April 30. But not all Jews, or even all Christians, think it is appropriate for gentiles to host their own Seder dinners.

New poll finds fewer people keep the Sabbath than in the 70’s, but many people still value it
Deseret News: The Sabbath may be losing its religious significance in the eyes of many Americans, but a majority still believe taking a day of rest benefits society, according to a new survey on Sabbath observance that is part of as series on the Ten Commandments in today’s society.

The Spark

The spirituality of Snoopy

Charles Schulz was a devoted Christian; unshell the Peanuts comic strip and you’ll find the fingerprints of his faith. By mixing Snoopy with spirituality, he made his readers laugh while inviting them into a depth of conversation uncommon to the funny pages.