Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

Monday, March 24th, 2014


Dying Churches, Revived in a Flash.” By Lawrence Downes. Wall Street Journal. March 22, 2014.

The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism.” By Jason Horowitz. New York Times. March 23, 2014.

Archdiocese spending touches off debate.” By Kent D. Johnson. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 23, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

Monday, March 17th, 2014


What It Means to Be Catholic Now.” Op-ed. New York Times. March 10, 2014.

Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways.” By Blake Farmer. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. March 10, 2014.

Methodist Bishop to End Trials for Ministers Who Perform Gay Weddings.” By Sharon Otterman. New York Times. March 11, 2014.
Related story:
“No trial for Methodist clergyman who performed gay son’s wedding.” By Emma Margolin. MSNBC. March 11, 2014.

Burning Man exits counterculture, joins nonprofit world.” By Sam Whiting. San Francisco Chronicle. March 11, 2014.

Denominations Downsizing and Selling Assets in More Secular Era.” By Michael Paulson. New York Times. March 16, 2014.

Synagogue, Rebooted: Lab/Shul Is an Experimental Jewish Gathering Still in Its Beta Phase.” By John Leland. New York Times. March 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 3-9, 2014)

Monday, March 10th, 2014


Roadside Service: Drive-In Church Brings God To Your Car.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. March 3, 3014.

Neighbors accuse church of too much joyful noise; City of God is renting space at Grant Elementary in Santa Monica for weekly services, but some neighbors say the worshipers cause too much traffic and make too much noise.” Los Angeles Times. March 4, 2014.

Pope Francis’ popularity not bringing more into Catholic Church; Pew Research poll finds no change in the number of people who self-identify as Catholic or in the number sitting in church pews on Sundays.” By Kurt Streeter. Los Angeles Times. March 5, 2014,

Lutheran Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo Is Reaching Deep; He’s Innovative and Inclusive in Trying to Add to His Steadily Dwindling, and Aging, Congregation.” By Derek Kravitz. Wall Street Journal. March 8, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 24-March 2, 2014)

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Missions Signal a Growing Role for Mormon Women.” By Jodi Kantor and Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. March 2, 2014.

Economic conservatives take religious conservatives for suckers.” Daily Kos. March 2, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 17-23, 2014)

Monday, February 24th, 2014


A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools, Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace.” By Michael Powell. New York Times. February 20, 2014.


Monday, February 17th, 2014


Congregants wrestling with Trinity’s $3.6m condo; Some fear departure from religious values.” By Lisa Wangsness. Boston Globe. February 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 3-9, 2014)

Monday, February 10th, 2014


For Trinity Church rector, a $3.6m home; Officials cite practicality of Beacon Hill purchase.” By Lisa Wangsness. Boston Globe. February 3, 2014.

Most And Least Religious States In 2013, Gallup.” Huffington Post. February 4, 2014.

Beyond Belief: Conservative religious thinkers and their intellectual crusades.” By Chris Lehmann. Nation. February 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 27-February 2, 2014)

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


Long a pillar, church appeals for its own support.” By Meghan E. Irons. Boston Globe. January 27, 2014.

Researchers Examine Gap Between Rich And Poor.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. January 28, 2014.

Spreading the Pentecostal spirit; L.A.’s Rene Molina grew his church by appealing to Latino immigrants. Now he’s helping to fuel Pentecostalism’s expansion across the U.S.” By Kurt Streeter. Los Angeles Times. February 2, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 13-19, 2014)

Monday, January 20th, 2014


A Black Church’s Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity?” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. January 12, 2014.

Cardinal, Methodists building ecumenical bridges; O’Malley preaches unity of purpose, if not doctrine, at church in Sudbury.” By Lisa Wangsness. Boston Globe. January 13, 2014.

Helping Catholics by Teaching Priests How to Be the Boss.” By Mark E. Oppenheimer. New York Times. January 18, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 6-12, 2014)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014


L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Spills The Family Secrets On How Scientology Started. Eek.” By Adam Mordecai. Huffington Post/ January 9, 2014.