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Monday, January 4, 2016

The 'silencing of Christians' in the public sector

Religion Dispatches: The five key stories are the emptying of church pews, increased LGBT acceptance within evangelicalism, the Francis effect, the localization of church and urban ministry going mainstream.

Ministers and seminary leaders make 'appeal to Christians' in the U.S.
The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer: A small group of Presbyterian leaders reached a tipping point after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States. They had been concerned for a while about the political discourse regarding refugees and immigrants -- rhetoric they considered to be a direct challenge to Christianity's most fundamental convictions.

The Telegraph: Christianity is being subtly "squeezed out" of public life by a civil service culture where officials keep their faith a virtual secret, says the most senior lay official in the Church of England.

Stanford Social Innovation Review: An often missing but critical part of achieving social change is supporting individuals who can make connections outside of a field of advocacy or practice.

The New York Times: A surprising number of the conveniences of modern life were invented when someone stumbled upon a discovery or capitalized on an accident: the microwave oven, safety glass, smoke detectors, artificial sweeteners, X-ray imaging. How do we cultivate the art of finding what we're not seeking?

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