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Sometimes I think the reason people still go to church after all these centuries is because they're that desperate. Now granted, some church services are wonderful and worth the effort for aesthetic reasons or even for entertainment value. Then, too, some faith communities are genuine communities, and the gathering is warm and desirable in its own right. Most people, however, can go elsewhere for music and art, entertainment and social gatherings. There are better places to get coffee and doughnuts on Sunday morning as well. There's one thing, however, you get . . .
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, March 09, 2014
Preaching the News
» Bitcoin business goes bust– The psalm for this Sunday offers both a confession of sin and a prayer for renewal—a perfect formula for repentance at the beginning of Lent. The CEO of a major Bitcoin exchange recently made a public apology in Tokyo for the failure of his firm, Mt. Gox, a development which has led observers to wonder . . .
» Former drug dealer finds a better fit– In the reading from the Book of Genesis for this Sunday, Eve and Adam discovered that while the fruit from the tree was indeed good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom, once she and Adam ate it they felt shame. Turning from temptation to the good has an ex-drug dealer . . .
» Pope: Church needs better bishops– “Just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners,” Saint Paul told the Christians at Rome in this Sunday’s second reading, “so, through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous.” Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that the men who occupy . . .
» Bronze of “homeless Christ” seeks home– Jesus ventured into the desert alone to face temptation in the story from this Sunday’s gospel. Copies of the life-size sculpture Jesus the Homeless have also been on a journey, its creator looking for permanent locations for the work. The statue, originally cast in 2012 by Canadian artist Tim Schmalz, depicts Christ lying on a bench wrapped . . .
Quote of the Week
"We become less human if we don't tend to grief in an openhearted and generous way. We face into that abyss and say yet I will live, yet I will pass on life and joy. Even if I can't know it myself, I will ensure that others will, and I will find my greater meaning in that."
—Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington, D.C.
Source: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
Fact of the Week
American women account for 84 percent of all women killed by firearms in the developed world even though they make up only one third of the developed world's female population.
The church and the financial system
You vote not only on Election Day. You vote every time you spend money. The financial system is not only open to scrutiny for major bad acts of major bad actors, but for every act, large and small, including your own . . . Read more...