News: The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion

The number of changes taking place in our culture and society are expansive and extraordinary. They’re not all good; they’re not all bad, either. But denying they’re happening would be a mistake. One change that’s certain to reshape our communities and our culture — the shift away from a citizenship who identify their religion as a primary personal influence. This article from Scientific American points to trends that are...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Twin Cities Jewish community shaken by rising anti-Semitism

It’s too early in the data gathering to call it a dramatic increase in behavior, but anecdotal evidence from those on the receiving end of it suggests the rise in anti-semitic behavior is something we should be paying attention to. Here’s the quote from a Minnetonka-based that that brings home the concern. Our experience as a community in this country has never been that we have had to worry...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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ELCA and Western North Dakota Synod Weigh in on #NoDAPL Protest

News: ELCA and Western North Dakota Synod Weigh in on #NoDAPL Protest

At its core, most simple level, the #NoDAPL protest is about a pipeline. But one of the reasons it has garnered so much support — especially nationally — is because the situation is viewed as an opportunity to right past wrongs, or at least an opportunity to learn from those past wrongs and do better today. And that same idea was formally adopted this past summer by the Evangelical Lutheran...

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How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity

News: How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity

Five hundred years ago — more or less — Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of a church in Germany and born from that act was the Protestant church. It’s doubtful Luther had a grand revolutionary scheme in mind when he committed his act of heresy, but a collision of timing and technology allowed his idea to flourish.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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