New today: Miniseries, America's born-again years, Harlem pacifist experiment

May 21, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 102:1-17Proverbs 3:13-18John 8:31-38

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Helena and Constantine (Lutheran calendar), John Eliot (Episcopal calendar), Christopher Magallanes and companions (Catholic calendar), Jane Addams

New today from the Century

Right-sized stories, by Kathryn Reklis. Poems, novels, and short stories have all influenced Christian ways of telling our sacred stories. What about a miniseries?

Edward J. Blum reviews Steven P. Miller's book on America's born-again years. Miller positions evangelicalism as the foil for other thinkers, movers, and shakers: it seemed so powerful and ubiquitous that those outside of the tent felt compelled to address it.

Harlem's experiment in interracial, pacifist community, by Sarah Azaransky. It’s easy to read the Harlem Ashram as a historical footnote, but it provided an important training ground for activists.

Is this church attendance study all bad news? by Steve Thorngate. The religiously unaffiliated are more likely than others to exaggerate their church attendance in a phone survey. What if some of them are answering as the worshipers they aspire to be?

The story, by David Lewicki. I invite my congregation to encounter the biblical story as one would another human being. Pay attention to what it says, not what you want it to say. Believe in its worth, that it has something to show you that you don't yet know. 

In the news

Reiki goes mainstream: Spiritual touch practice now commonplace in hospitals

Site of Jesus’ Last Supper a point of contention for some Israeli Jews

In publishing, all dogs go to heaven, but what about cats, horses and birds?

In the CCblogs network 

The problem with nonprofits, by David Williams

On the shoulders, by MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Unnatural, by Tim Graves


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