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Friday, January 13, 2017

The call of the bells is a call to a moral awakening



Religion Dispatches: That the Shakers, with their pacifism, their communal living, and perhaps most of all their celibacy, seem weird to us is precisely the point.

The metaphysical moment
Religion News Service: Many moments ago -- two millennia or so -- all this was called "Gnosticism," which never left our cultures, and returns in newly marketable forms, Martin Marty says.

The call of the bells is a call to a moral awakening
The (London) Guardian: For centuries, bells have served as prompts for us to become a better version of ourselves. But their days appear numbered, Giles Fraser says.

With his choice of inauguration prayer leaders, Trump shows his values
NPR: The clergy speaking at Donald Trump's inauguration have mostly non-mainstream theological or political positions. No Muslim or mainline Protestant will speak, but the prosperity gospel will be heard.

Episcopal leaders address church's part in Trump's inauguration
Episcopal News Service: Washington National Cathedral's participation in upcoming presidential inauguration has stirred concern in parts of the Episcopal Church, but leaders see role as urging unity and prayer.

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