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Schaefer Verdict * Atheist Manual * Cheney Feud Part II : Tuesday's Religion News Roundup - Religion News Service

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A verdict in the case of the United Methodist minister who presided at the wedding of his son to another man. An atheist's guide to "converting" the faithful is flying off the shelves.
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How to sell Goliath as David – The Express Tribune

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Israel still scream­s wolf; seeing Goliat­hs in dead women and childr­en.
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The curious grammar of police shootings

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Cops don't shoot people, but their guns do
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US Presbyterian church divestment vote and the struggle for Palestine | Opinion | Daily Sabah

US Presbyterian church divestment vote and the struggle for Palestine | Opinion | Daily Sabah | Stories I Don't Want to Loose | Scoop.it
As the level of Israeli oppression of Palestinians increases with the expansion of settlements, constant attacks on Gaza and the failure of the peace process, Church members are becoming more engaged with efforts intended to change the conditions on the ground | Daily Sabah
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GOP leader: Supreme Court has ruled 13 times that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority

GOP leader: Supreme Court has ruled 13 times that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority | Stories I Don't Want to Loose | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama received a strong rebuke from the Supreme Court last week for his attempt to make appointments when Congress was still technically in session. The 9-0 decision in National Labor Relations Board vs. Noel Canning came just as Speaker John Boehner announced plans to sue Obama for executive overreach. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who defended Boehner’s lawsuit, said the Supreme Court’s ruling was emblematic of Obama’s term. Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the "9-0 decision last week was the 13th time the Supreme Court has voted 9-0 that the president has exceeded his constitutional authority." ...
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10 Supreme Court Rulings — Before ‘Hobby Lobby’ — That Turned Corporations Into People

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A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Monday, June 30, 2014, awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case.
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2014 Menaul School Graduation

Short documentary highlighting Menaul School's commencement traditions.
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What God does to your brain

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When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunchatheist, while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan nuns, whose brains I’d also scanned, Kevin’s brain operated in a significantly different way,” he says.

 

“He had far more activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area that controls emotional feelings and mediates attention. Kevin’s brain appeared to be functioning in a highly analytical way, even when he was in a resting state.”


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Get Involved with the Boycott — Mission Responsibility Through Investment — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency

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PRODUCTS TO BOYCOTT

The products listed below includes major settlement products sold in the United States. The PC(USA) is currently focusing its attention on these products due to their widespread availability in the United States, but these are not the only Israeli companies who are based in the Palestinian Territories. For a more complete list search Who Profits, an Israeli organization providing corporate research related to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

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A Curated Collection of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 22, 9:25 AM

Great for analyzing history, current events and rhetoric!  See my post for more options: http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2014/05/22/commencement-etc/

 

Sherryl Perry's curator insight, May 23, 11:38 AM

Great collection of speeches. Enjoy and be inspired.

Marji Gibbs's curator insight, May 23, 1:34 PM

Quotes and links to 300+ graduation speeches, some include videos

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5-5-5

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Not the old Domino's Pizza deal; the news!
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A Nearly Exhaustive Gallery of Awkward and Slightly Funny Death-Related Signs

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You’re welcome.
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This Week in God, 4.12.14

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A group of folks who say the Bible puts the Earth is at the center of the universe are releasing a "documentary." It's problematic in more ways than one.
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Seven Reasons Your Church Needs a Social Media Director

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I continue to be amazed at the exponential growth of social media as a key form of communication in our culture.
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Reddit Unveils Breaking News Blogs

RT @pewjournalism: News on your wrists? @BuzzFeed reports on how #news outlets are experimenting with #wearables http://t.co/nH5WmCazZQ
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As a result of the PCUSA General Assembly action, could pastors be ‘kenyon-ized’?

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By Sue Cyre In 1973 Presbyterians faced a controversy when the question of women’s ordination surfaced in Pittsburgh Presbytery.   Walter Kenyon, a graduate of Pittsburgh Seminary, was asked...
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Naming His Grace: The 221st GA-my final thoughts and advice to the orthodox

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An embarrassing swing and a miss for Speaker Boehner

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The House Republican leader faced a put-up-or-shut-up moment he'd created for himself -- and he blew it.
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Hobby Lobby decision actually guarantees contraception coverage - Spiritual Politics

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If you think the Supreme Court decision is good news for free exercise maximalists, think again.
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US Presbyterians must ditch Israel's stooges - Redress Information & Analysis

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The divestment decision coincided with the election of a new moderator, Dr Heath Rada, who was immediately berated by Jewish propagandists and ambushed by CNN.
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With Peace Dead, J Street Loses Its Focus - Jewish Daily Forward

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Jewish Daily Forward With Peace Dead, J Street Loses Its Focus Jewish Daily Forward Then it was still at least reasonable for J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami to tell the Presbyterian Church, “Reject divestment, and embrace full-on pursuit of the...
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5 facts about today’s college graduates

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Facts and figures about college graduates.
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Encyclopedia of American Loons: #1019: Steve Pearce

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Reese v. General Assembly of Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America - Texas Lawyer

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Reese v. General Assembly of Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America
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On September 18, 2009, Pastor Charles Reese entered into an employment agreement with Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America ("Church").
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Murky Waters - The Center for Healthy Churches

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My wife and I once bought our kids a goldfish. A few days later I looked across the room at a fishbowl of murky water and decided to do something nice for my finned friend. I scooped the fish out with my wife’s strainer (I knew she wouldn’t mind), and put him in a glass of water for holding purposes. Then I poured the cloudy water out of the bowl, washed the bowl, filled the bowl with fresh, pure tap water, then plopped my wet pet into that fresh water. I thought to myself, “If he could talk, he’d thank me for this.” I left home to pick up the kids and came back about three hours later and…the fish…well…God had called him home. The next day my wife went to buy a more hearty fish. She told the pet store owner what had happened and he explained what was behind our wet pet’s demise. Alas! He did not die of natural causes. The fish died from the change. The expert explained that I should have left the water out for a day or so and let it reach perfect room temperature…and let the chlorine evaporate… then transferred the fish gently to his new home. Sudden change apparently is very traumatic for goldfish. But before you think too badly of me, consider what would have happened had I not changed the water. The poor little fellow would have died a slow, agonizing, suffocating death. Abrupt change is deadly for goldfish. But so is the absence of change. The same is true for churches. Swift change can be traumatic for us. But so is change’s absence. To strike the balance as a leader requires courage and discernment. Courage and discernment to say “no” when reckless revolutionaries would kill the church with traumatic change. Yet courage and discernment to make appropriate changes when unbending traditionalists would slowly let the church suffocate. Change is difficult, and should not be embarked on impulsively; but change is necessary, and should not be opposed stubbornly. We must hold in tension those two truths. If we either initiate change without sensitivity to tradition, or oppose change for the mere sake of tradition, we will jeopardize the health of the organization in question. (By the way, I think more fish have died from murky water than from change.) Change is difficult, but change is necessary. We must hold in tension those two truths. If we emphasize either, and forget the other, we will get ourselves into trouble. Because initiating changes is tricky (and risky), I thought it would be helpful to pass on to you some questions I’ve collected from others, and from my own experience, over the years. They might help you assess whether or not the church is “ripe” for the change you are considering: 1. Can we try it? Is anything keeping us from giving it a test run and an objective evaluation at a determined time? Can this be a “pilot”? 2. Does everyone who should have a voice have it? What are those whose voices count saying about this change? 3. Are we letting people grieve their loss over what they’re having to give up? 4. How’s my heart? What are my motives? Is this change just a pet project for me or will it actually facilitate the fulfillment of our mission? 5. Am I willing for people to leave the organization? And if they leave, how devastating will it be? 6. Am I willing to stay long enough to see this through? 7. Have we plowed the ground—created a desire for change in the church? 8. Are we approaching change overload? 9. Am I willing to take the heat from those who don’t like the change? 10. Have I communicated the vision sufficiently? 11. Is there a reasonable likelihood that this change eventually will be seen as a successful move? 12. What are the risks? Are they reasonable? 13. When I am alone and quiet, what does the voice of the Spirit whisper to me? Honestly wrestling with those questions will prepare you to embark on the daring adventure of healthy, not deadly, change. (adapted from Travis’ book, Tough Calls). Travis Collins CHC-Virginia Coordinator Travis Collins wears two major hats, as Director of Mission Advancement and Virginia Regional Coordinator for Fresh Expressions US and as a consultant with The Center for Healthy Churches.  Travis served for twenty-five years as a senior pastor, the last nineteen years in two large congregations.  His experience also includes missionary service in Venezuela and Nigeria. He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He is the author of Directionally Challenged (2007) and Tough Calls (2008).  His third book, based on Acts 20:28, will be released in the fall of 2014 (Chalice Press).  Travis and his wife, Keri, have three adult children.
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Three Things Conservatives Wrote This Week That Everyone Should Read

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The TP Ideas feature that takes a look at the smartest writing offered up by the conservative press this week.
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