newSpin, the newsletter
November 25, 2015
TopSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Choose to be grateful. It will make you happier … [Arthur Brooks, NYTimes Sunday Review, Nov. 21] Acting grateful can actually make you grateful … We are more than slaves to our feelings, circumstances and genes. Evidence suggests that we can actively choose to practice gratitude — and that doing so raises our happiness. This is not just self-improvement hokum … It’s science, but also common sense: Choosing to focus on good things makes you feel better than focusing on bad things. As my teenage kids would say, “Thank you, Captain Obvious.” In the slightly more elegant language of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, “He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.” Read on. [h/t Dr. Stephen Lewellis]
• The Lord's Prayer … [The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with Andrea Bocelli] Here.
• A General Thanksgiving … [Book of Common Prayer] Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.
• We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. • We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. • We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. • Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. • Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
• Welby bids to defuse Church of England's ‘demographic time bomb’ … [The Guardian, London] Discord over a radical programme to make the Church of England “fit for purpose” in the 21st century is set to spill into the open this week when the new synod meets at the start of its five-year term. The Reform and Renewal programme was initiated by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and is being enthusiastically driven forward by a cohort of senior figures who share his zeal for modernising and evangelising the church.
However, critics fear that traditional values could be lost amid the speed of change, lack of consultation and a new culture of setting goals and targets. “Some of those driving the Reform and Renewal agenda don’t seem to understand the complex nature of the institution they are seeking to improve. In trying to change the church, there is a significant risk of unintentional vandalism,” said Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, Oxford. The programme – which includes the redistribution of financial resources, training and education, and simplifying the arcane governance of the church – springs from alarm at the steady decline of congregations over recent decades. “We’re in the last chance saloon,” said Pete Broadbent, bishop of Willesden and one of the architects of Reform and Renewal. “All the demographic evidence shows that, unless we do something in the next five or 10 years, we’re shot. There are those who say this [programme] is alien and who want to dig their heels in, but we’re facing a demographic time bomb.” Read on.
Where Religion, Culture and Politics Intersect [• New item •• Repeat]
• The Statue of Liberty must be crying with shame … [Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes] As anti-refugee hysteria sweeps many of our political leaders, particularly Republicans, I wonder what they would have told a desperate refugee family fleeing the Middle East. You’ve heard of this family: a carpenter named Joseph, his wife, Mary, and their baby son, Jesus … Republican leaders say they simply want to tighten security to keep America safe. That’s an echo of what American officials claimed in the late 1930s and early 1940s as they blocked the entry of Jewish refugees. Breckinridge Long, then a senior State Department official in charge of visas, warned that Nazi spies were trying to enter the U.S. as refugees. In the name of security, he established vetting rules so strict that few Jews could pass … Yes, security was a legitimate concern then, as it is now, but security must be leavened with common sense and a bit of heart. To seek to help desperate refugees in a secure way is not naïveté. It’s not sentimentality. It’s humanity. Read on.
• Why Downton doesn't do God … [Daily Mail, UK] The creators of Downton Abbey have been ordered to 'leave God out' of the show, in case it upsets viewers. Alastair Bruce, the show's historical advisor, has revealed that television executives were worried that any mention of religion might alienate the largely atheist viewing public and so banned any mention of God. On the hit show, the Crawley family are never shown sitting down to dinner, and are only seen already seated at the table. Read on.
DioBeth [• New item •• Repeat]
•• In Remembrance of Mark Dyer … A YouTube video of the diocesan convention banquet program, Oct. 2. Produced and edited by Jeffrey Kemmerer.
• Canon Andrew Gerns among five nominees for bishop of Northern Indiana … The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Nov. 15 announced a slate of five nominees to stand for the election as the eighth bishop of the diocese. Read on.
• Applications for Congregational Renewal Grants … from parishes in the Diocese of Bethlehem will be received until Dec. 15. More info here.
• DioBeth Leadership News, Nov. 19f … Here.
• DioBeth e-Newsletter, Nov. 5 … Here.
•• Look online … for the Diocese of Bethlehem Facebook Page, Facebook Group (Bethlehem Episcopalians) and Twitter feed.
•• Bethlehem Episcopalians … is a Facebook group for conversations about mission, spirituality, Christian formation, and more that has replaced the old Bakery email list. Bethlehem Episcopalians is an open group. Anyone can join and items that you post can be shared by group members on their own Facebook pages. This offers each of us the opportunity to reach a larger audience with news and conversations about what God is doing in our diocese." Join the Facebook group. Includes 352 members.
• Look online every Thursday for a Diocese of Bethlehem newsletter or for newSpin … [Bill] Every Thursday in the following rotation: (1) The Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) The Diocesan e-Newsletter, (4) The newSpin newsletter.
The Leadership News and the Diocesan e-Newsletter are official publications of the Diocese of Bethlehem. They include news, info, features and events relating to our diocese and parishes. Find the most recent Diocesan e-Newsletter, November 5, here. Find the most recent Leadership News, November 19, here.
The newSpin newsletter you are now reading is not an official publication – and will usually not duplicate news, info and features relating to our diocese and parishes found in the official newsletters. It is a relatively lengthy eclectic sampling of items related to religion – at times not, at times not so clearly – that the editor thinks readers might find to be of interest. It has been a kind of hobby of a onetime communication minister, the work of a volunteer who in retirement enjoys and dedicates time to do the research required. I always post the newSpin newsletter on the newSpin blog. If you wish to receive it by email, please send a note to Jo Trepagnier, email@example.com.
•• Jubilate … The latest may be found at the TrinityBeth web site, in word and pdf formats. Be sure to click on "Last Pentecost B to Last Epiphany C." Thanks to Cliff Carr. What a great service he has been providing for some 35 years.
Episcopal/Anglican [• New item •• Repeat]
• Just Pray – but not in UK cinemas … [Episcopal Café] News outlets reacted with confusion after the announcement that a new advertisement by the Church of England was rejected by UK cinemas. The 56 second ad opens with Archbishop Justin Welby walking down a tree-lined path, with a voiceover of the Lord’s Prayer, before it moves to a montage of a diverse and wide-ranging assortment of people speaking–and singing–the prayer. The people are depicted in prayer in a variety of situations, including visiting cemeteries, riding mass transit, exercising, herding cattle, providing emergency services, singing in choirs, and celebrating the rite of baptism. Read on and view.
• Resources … way below.
SpiritSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Just Pray … The Church of England's new website on prayer. Here.
• If equal affection cannot be … let the more loving one be me. – W. H. Auden, The More Loving One.
• 'He read my book' … [Arthur Brooks, NYTimes Sunday Review, Nov. 21] One afternoon, I received an unsolicited email. “Dear Professor Brooks,” it began, “You are a fraud.” That seemed pretty unpromising, but I read on anyway. My correspondent made, in brutal detail, a case against every chapter of my book. As I made my way through the long email, however, my dominant thought wasn’t resentment. It was, “He read my book!” And so I wrote him back — rebutting a few of his points, but mostly just expressing gratitude for his time and attention. I felt good writing it, and his near-immediate response came with a warm and friendly tone. Read on.
• Catholicism can and must change, Francis forcefully tells Italian church gathering … [NCR, Joshua McElwee, Nov. 10] Pope Francis has strongly outlin
• In the stillness of the quiet … [Howard Thurman] if we listen, we can hear th
• Spirit Resources ... way below.
• Stung by edict on gays, Mormons leave church … [NYTimes Editorial Board] Religious leaders who espouse exclusionary policy toward gays should expect their congregations to continue thinning out. Read on.
• What Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II … [WaPo] In July 1938, fewer than 5 percent of Americans believed that the U.S. should raise its immigration quotas or welcome political refugees fleeing Europe, mostly Jews. Two-thirds agreed that "we should try to keep them out." Read on.
Evangelism/Stewardship/Worship/Church Growth [• New item •• Repeat]
• Geeks for God … The Diocese of Newark's website includes a blog about evangelism in the electronic age. The Geeks for God, otherwise the seven-person diocesan technology committee, has published over the past two years a treasury of articles that will be of interest to geeks without portfolio in many of our parishes. It's a treat. Thanks to diocesan director of communications and technology Nina Nicholson who, I suspect, brought these helpful people together.
• Resources ... way below
In the Media [• New item •• Repeat]
Rest in Peace [• New item •• Repeat]
TaleSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• ISIS, ISIL, Daesh … [RNS] The murderous terrorist organization is known by several names and acronyms. What do they mean, and why use one over another? Read on.
• Relate, Love, Laugh … [Bill] “There is a story about the Greek gods. They were bored, so they invented human beings; but they were still bored, so they invented love, then they weren’t bored any longer. So they decided to try love for themselves. Finally, they invented laughter so they could stand it.” Read on.
• And God promised men … that good and obedient wives would be found in all the corners of the world. Then he made the earth round … and laughed and laughed and laughed.
• Why blessing animals has become popular in recent decades … [Christian Century, Oct. 28, Patricia Appelbaum] Shortly a
•• Geography of Poverty: A journey through forgotten America … [MSNBC] Poverty manifests itself in many ways — poor health care, substandard education, rugged housing, bad diet. But one of its often overlooked consequences is the harsh toll on the body exacted by the geopolitics of poverty, the lucrative energy industry and environmental hazards. As Trymaine Lee examines in this striking piece, the wheezing, coughing, burning eyes and early deaths in Louisiana’s so-called Cancer Alley are a direct result of the legacy of institutional, inescapable poverty that dates to the Antebellum South.This is SOUTHEAST, part two of MSNBC‘s four-part series, Geography of Poverty. INTRODUCTION. SOUTHWEST. NORTHEAST. NORTHWEST.
•• The shocking reach of U.S. child poverty … [CBS MoneyWatch] America's childhood poverty numbers aren't pretty, but they are even uglier than you might think. Take a snapshot of the U.S. today, and you'll find that 22 percent of all children live in families that are below the federal poverty level. But what happens when you look at how American children fare throughout their pre-adult lives? It's nearly twice as bad. Read on.
BackSpin: Do you remember? [• New item •• Repeat]
Employment Opportunities [• New item •• Repeat]
• Episcopal Positions beyond DioBeth ... Here.
Ecumenism, Interfaith, Pluralism – or Not [• New item •• Repeat]
• Pope Francis urges world religions to fight extremism, fundamentalism … [Crux, Inés San Martín, Oct. 28] Pope Francis called on the world’s religions to join forces in the fight against fundamentalism and extremism, arguing instead for a focus on “positive values” such as the promotion of peace, care for the poor, and environmental protection. Read on.
• How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs … [The New Yorker] On December 1, 2009, to commemorate World AIDS Day, Twitter announced a promotion: if users employed the hashtag #red, their tweets would appear highlighted in red. Megan Phelps-Roper, a twenty-three-year-old legal assistant, seized the opportunity. “Thank God for AIDS!” she tweeted that morning. “You won’t repent of your rebellion that brought His wrath on you in this incurable scourge, so expect more & worse! #red.”
As a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, in Topeka, Kansas, Phelps-Roper believed that AIDS was a curse sent by God. She believed that all manner of other tragedies—war, natural disaster, mass shootings—were warnings from God to a doomed nation, and that it was her duty to spread the news of His righteous judgments. Read on. [This is a long read.]
• Resources … way below.
Evangelical Lutheran Church [• New item •• Repeat]
ELCA website ... Here.
ELCA News Service ... Here.
ELCA's blogs may be found here. See especially "Web and Multimedia Development."
Spirit Spinning ... for those who hunger and thirst for a deeper connection with God ... Here.
Moravian Church [• New item •• Repeat]
Moravian Church in North America website.
Moravian Church Northern Province website.
Moravian Theological Seminary website.
United Methodist Church [• New item •• Repeat]
News Service Here.
Communication Resources ... Start here.
Eastern PA Conference website Here.
Bishop Peggy Johnson's blog Here.
Presbyterian Church USA [• New item •• Repeat]
• Saint Fred … [The Atlantic] Mister Rogers, the iconic television host, was a Presbyterian minister --but his show touched people of all faiths, Jonathan Merritt writes at the Atlantic. He was Protestant. But if Protestants had saints, Mister Rogers might already have been canonized.
Website ... Here.
News & Announcements ... Here.
Roman Catholic [• New item •• Repeat]
• Diocese of Allentown ... Here.
• Diocese of Scranton ... Here.
• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ... Here.
• Catholic News Service ... Here.
The Vatican [• New item •• Repeat]
• Pope Francis off to Africa … [NCR, Joshua J. McElwee] Pope Francis will embark today (Wednesday) on a six-day trip to three African nations in a concerted push for inter-religious and inter-cultural efforts favoring peace over conflict and dialogue over entrenchment, even bringing the message to a place many consider an active warzone. In his first trip to the continent, the pontiff will go to Kenya before heading to Uganda and then the Central African Republic. Read on.
• Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope … Pope Francis recently described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them. In comments that had his audience chuckling at a conference on training for the priesthood, the 78-year-old pontiff revealed he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. "I will tell you sincerely, I'm scared of rigid priests," he said. "I keep away from them. They bite!" Francis resorted to humour to make a serious point that some people that are drawn to a clerical career are fundamentally unstable -- and that inevitably creates problems for the church if they are not weeded out. Read on.
• Vatican website ... Here.
• Vatican Information Service blog ... Here.
• Vatican News/Info Portal ... Here.
• The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium] ... Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, with detailed table of contents. Here.
• A readers’ guide to “Laudato Si” … [NCR, Thomas Reese, June 26] Chapter-by-chapter guidance with study questions to help in reading Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change. Intended for book clubs, classes and small discussion groups. Read on.
Health and Wellness [• New item •• Repeat]
Are Good Doctors Bad for Your Health? … [Ezekiel Emanuel, NYTimes Sunday Review] “Get me the best cardiologist” is our natural response to any heart problem. Unfortunately, it is probably wrong. Surprisingly, the right question is almost its exact opposite: At which hospital are all the famous, senior cardiologists away? Read on.
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• Resources … below
Media/Print/Films/TV/Music/Tech [• New item •• Repeat]
•• Spotlight, the movie … [NYTimes, A.O.Scott, Nov. 5] “The city flourishes when its great institutions work together,” says the cardinal to the newspaper editor during a friendly chat in the rectory. The city in question is Boston. The cardinal is Bernard F. Law and the editor, newly arrived at The Boston Globe from The Miami Herald, is Martin Baron. He politely dissents from the cardinal’s vision of civic harmony, arguing that the paper should stand alone.
Their conversation, which takes place early in “Spotlight,” sets up the film’s central conflict. Encouraged by Baron, a small group of reporters at The Globe will spend the next eight months (and the next two hours) digging into the role of the Boston archdiocese in covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests. But the image of two prominent men talking quietly behind closed doors — Law is played with orotund charm by Len Cariou, Baron with sphinx-like self-containment by Liev Schreiber — haunts this somber, thrilling movie and crystallizes its major concern, which is the way power operates in the absence of accountability. When institutions convinced of their own greatness work together, what usually happens is that the truth is buried and the innocent suffer. Breaking that pattern of collaboration is not easy. Challenging deeply entrenched, widely respected authority can be very scary. Read on. Also Op-Ed by Frank Bruni. Also, by Michelle Boorstein at WaPo.
•• Over 45,000 free ebooks … [Stumble Upon] Gutenberg.org.
VariaSpin [• New item •• Repeat]
• Could you pass the new GED test? … [Pacific Standard] In 2014, the GED Testing Service rolled out a new assessment meant to measure not just high school equivalency but also career- and college-readiness skills. The questions are designed to be very similar to those you might find on a GED exam today. Read on.
The strange word … Years ago, when I decided to call this newsletter and its related blog newSpin, I had a few thoughts in mind. The "S" in the middle suggests that some items in newSpin are newS; others, Spin; others, both. Which items I include as well as how and how often I present them are clues to my leanings. I think all of us spin. There's a lot more spin in the world of news than most editors own up to. Watch out for that upper case S in the middle. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul might be said to have spun "the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" [Mark 1:1]. We continue to spin that good news, according to how we have experienced and danced with the Risen Lord.
The newSpin newsletter is uploaded to the newSpin blog and posted on a newSpin list of some 2,000 addresses every other Thursday. Many recipients forward it to others. It comes, of course, with some spin from the editor. The views expressed, implied or inferred in items or links contained in the newsletter or the blog do not represent the official view of the Diocese of Bethlehem unless expressed by or forwarded from the Bishop, the Standing Committee or the Archdeacon as an official communication. Comments are welcome on Bethlehem Episcopalians (if you have joined that interactive FaceBook group).
Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem, retired
Communication Minister/Editor (1986-2010), Canon Theologian (1998-)
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Be in Love. And, if necessary, change. [Bernard Lonergan]
• Look online every Thursday for a Diocese of Bethlehem newsletter or for newSpin … Every Thursday in the following rotation: (1) The Leadership News, (2) The newSpin newsletter, (3) The Diocesan e-Newsletter, (4) The newSpin newsletter. The Leadership News and the Diocesan e-Newsletter are official publications of the Diocese of Bethlehem. They include news, info, features and events relating to our diocese and parishes. The newSpin newsletter you are now reading is not an official publication – and will usually not duplicate news, info and features relating to our diocese and parish as found in the official newsletters. It is a relatively lengthy eclectic sampling of items related to religion – at times not, at times not so clearly – that the editor thinks readers might find to be of interest. It has been a kind of hobby of a onetime communication minister, the work of a volunteer who in retirement enjoys and dedicates time to do the research required. The newSpin newsletter is always posted on the newSpin blog. If you wish to receive it by email, please send a note to Jo Trepagnier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Look online … for the Diocese of Bethlehem Facebook Page, Facebook Group (Bethlehem Episcopalians) and Twitter feed.
• Bethlehem Episcopalians … is a Facebook group for conversations about mission, spirituality, Christian formation, and more that has replaced the old Bakery email list. Bethlehem Episcopalians is an open group. Anyone can join and items that you post can be shared by group members on their own Facebook pages. This offers each of us the opportunity to reach a larger audience with news and conversations about what God is doing in our diocese." Join the Facebook group.
• DioBeth website
• Stumbling into the Sacred ... [Reflections on seeing God in the everyday by Canon Anne E. Kitch]
• newSpin blog ... including the newSpin weekly by Bill Lewellis.
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• Facebook Group … Bethlehem Episcopalians
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Center for Congregations ... The "Using Resources" series of publications by the Center for Congregations is designed to help congregations make the most effective use of capital funds, consultants, architects, contractors, books, congregation management software, and more.
• Congregational Consulting ... More information on how to contact the consultants can be found here and at http://www.congregationalconsulting.org/ .
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• ECF Vital Practices ... Here.
• The Chalice, a publication created by Joan DeAcetis for older adults and caretakers. Download issues here.
• Weekly Bulletin Inserts from the Episcopal Church ... Here.
• Calendar of events in our parishes ... Here.
• TREC [TaskForce for Reimagining the Episcopal Church] … website.
• TREC … Video Q&A with TREC panel at Oct. 2, 2014 TREC Churchwide Meeting at the Washington National Cathedral
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• Episcopal Café
• AngicansOnline website and news centre.
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• Episcopal Church Event Calendar ... Here
Franklin Graham had a revelation. On Friday, Graham said it has “dawned” on him on how to “fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community.”
His solution: stop doing business with LGBT-friendly companies.- See more at: http://elielcruz.religionnews.com/2015/06/07/franklin-graham-calls-on-christians-to-blacklist-lgbt-friendly-companies/?email=blewellis%40diobeth.org#sthash.WI32aUeD.dpuf
• The Book of Common Prayer ... every edition from 1549 to 1979. Here.
• Prayers and Thanksgivings from the BCP ... Here.
• The (Online) Book of Common Prayer ... Here.
• The Daily Office ... can be read online in Rite I, Rite II or the New Zealand Prayer Book versions. At Mission St. Clare.
• The Daily Office ... from the Diocese of Indianapolis. Here.
• Daily Prayer ... a resource of Forward Movement. Here.
• Holy Women, Holy Men ... Download Holy Women, Holy Men as a .pdf file.
• Speaking to the Soul ... An Episcopal Café blog. Sermons, reflections, multimedia meditations and excerpts from books on spirituality. Here.
• The Imitation of Christ ... Available free online.
• Telling the good news, in the media ... [Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson] If the media isn’t telling the stories you want told it is possible (we say very gently) that those stories aren’t interesting or significant enough to warrant coverage. Or, it is possible that you are not presenting them to the media in a way that catches their attention. Or perhaps you have not presented stories to the media at all. It isn’t easy to get your congregation, diocese, conference, or other sort of Christian organization into the newspaper or in online media outlets unless something has gone significantly wrong. It is even harder to get it on television or the radio. But it is possible if you absorb these 10 simple tips. Read on.
• EpiscopalShare ... Here.
• The Lectionary ... A collection of Lectionary resources for the Episcopal Church, updated Sunday night. Here.
• Lectionary Page ... A liturgical calendar for upcoming weeks, with links to readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), as adapted for use in Episcopal worship. Here.
• Revised Common Lectionary ... Here.
• The Liturgical Calendar ... BCP, Lesser Feasts and Fasts, HWHM ... Here.
• Oremus Bible Browser ... Here.
• Celebrating the Eucharist, by Patrick Malloy. Google Book
• Enriching our Worship, 1 to 5 ... Free download here.
• The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships [Extracted from Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing] Here.
• Collection of worship resources at Diobeth.org ... Including Diocesan Cycles of Prayer for weekly worship, Holy Women Holy Men, and The Text This Week. Here.
Health and Wellness
• Resources for caregivers ... Here.
• Medline Plus ... Here.
• WebMD ... Here.
• Alzheimers.gov ... For people helping people with Alzheimers. Here.
• Three Free Apps for getting qualified medical advice... [Techlicious] Urgent Care, HealthTap and First Aid. Info and links.
• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
• Center for Disease Control - Healthy Living
•Church Health Reader
• Eastern Pennsylvania Faith Community Nurses
• Episcopal Mental Illness Network
• Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH
• National Episcopal Health Ministries
• NEHM Wellness Resource Page
• Religion News Service Daily Roundup ... here.
• Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project: Daily Religion Headlines ... here.
• Religious Freedom Blog ... a weekly look back at the top stories and developments on religious liberty around the world. Here.
• National Catholic Reporter ... here.
• BBC News Online ... here.
• BBC Religion & Ethics ... here.
• Faith in Public Life ... Here.
• Religion&Ethics News Weekly (PBS) ... Here.
• Religion Research Hub ... ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, an especially useful site.
• Back issues of the newSpin newsletter ... here.
• Spirituality & Film ... Here.
• Spirituality on DVD ... Here.
• Books for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
• Audios for Spiritual Journeys ... Here.
• Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg ... Here.
• Free Audiobooks from LibriVox ... Here.
• Free Audiobooks and eBooks ... Here and Here.
• Google Books ... Millions of books you can preview or read free. Here.
• The Online Books Page ... from UPenn. Here.
• More free eBooks and Audiobooks ... [Techlicious] Here.
• Telling the good news, in the media ... [Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson] If the media isn’t telling the stories you want told about your congregation, it is possible (we say very gently) that those stories aren’t interesting or significant enough to warrant coverage. Or, it is possible that you are not presenting them to the media in a way that catches their attention. Or perhaps you have not presented stories to the media at all. It isn’t easy to get your congregation, diocese, conference, or other sort of Christian organization into the newspaper or in online media outlets unless something has gone significantly wrong. It is even harder to get it on television or the radio. But it is possible if you absorb these 10 simple tips. Read on.
• Communicate … Your Ministry, including Bill's Communication Biases and Communication-Evangelism. Here.