Parents are top influence in teens remaining active in religion as young adults

“Parents are top influence in teens remaining active in religion as young adults”mm by David Briggs in The Christian Century of 11/5/14. Parents who practice what they preach and who preach what they practice are the biggest influence on adolescents keeping the faith in their twenties. A similar biblical theme: “Keep these words that I am […]

Plight of the poor, especially children, The

Help children to read!

Pot Rules

The New York Times By Maureen Dowd, June 7, 2014 “WASHINGTON — IN the last chapter, I covered how not to get high. In this one, I will cover how to get high. After my admission that I did a foolish thing in Denver — failing to realize that consuming a single square, about a quarter, […]

Prudent Ways to Fight Childhood Obesity

“Prudent Ways to Fight Childhood Obesity” by Jane Brody from the NY Times of 6/22/15. Give up sugar-sweetened beverages; remove them from school menus, and ask child-care and pre-school places to increase physical activity and screen time and avoid soft drinks. A similar biblical theme: “It would be better for you if a millstone were […]

Raising Successful Children

“Raising Successful Children” by Madeline Levine, a clinician, consultant, and author; children need to be free to fail rather monitored every moment, NYTimes 8/5/12. Biblical reference: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14).  http://nyti.ms/1ocBI4Y

Reimagining Christmas

By Sheldon Good  December 2013 “CHRISTMAS, ON THE surface, looks like the most wonderful time of year—the season of love, lights, carols, candles, and family reunions, the time when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Look a bit deeper, though, and one might notice a more idolatrous narrative shining just as brightly: consumerism. Freeing […]

Religion And The Environment

Faith groups organize to protect the environment.

Resource: Sexuality Unit for 9th-Graders

A high school unit on sexuality.

Review of Thomas Picketty

For help with understanding and using a controversial economist. “Back in 2001 two French economists, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, circulated a seminal research paper (formally published two years later) titled “Income inequality in the United States, 1913-1998.”They used data from income tax receipts to do two things that you can’t do with standard data […]

Rich Get Richer, The

Four ways to combat inequality.