Quote of the Day: Actress Gloria Loring

“I just keep thinking of her mother and father watching this. Oh, Lord, have mercy.” — Actress Gloria Loring, mother to singer Robin Thicke, after her son’s appearance with a scantily clad and gyrating Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. She was quoted by Yahoo OMG Insider.

Journalists, editors eligible for $5,000 scholarships for religion courses

(Columbia, Mo.) — RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS invites journalists to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time. Religion headlines are dominating news coverage—politics, religion, Islam in America — now is the perfect time to dig deeper into today’s hottest stories. More than 280 people have already taken advantage of RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS’ Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program for Journalists. Topics reporters have studied include: Islamic Movements, God & Politics, Religion & Conflict Resolution, Politics of International Religious Freedom, Buddhism in the West, Violence and Liberation, Muslim-Christian Relations in World History and many more.


In 2013, Does Work Have a Prayer?

TheHighCalling.org    CenterforFaithandWork.com
DALLAS and KERRVILLE, Texas – Aug. 28, 2013 – This Labor Day weekend, while unemployment rises and national morale dips, a growing number of churches will pray for work—not just to find it but to see God in it. “Besides paychecks, people need meaning—and it’s there if they know how to see it,” High Calling Senior Editor Marcus Goodyear said. “Work matters to God; Americans need to see that it matters to the Church.”

The High Calling and The Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University—evidence of the growing movement to merge Sunday and workdays—offer a wealth of materials to help churches turn Labor Day Sunday into a prayer for work. According to national research commissioned by LeTourneau University, pastors know that work is from God:

93 percent of pastors surveyed agreed that helping people integrate faith into daily work is “very important”


68 percent of those pastors would claim less than excellent knowledge of workplace issues
26 percent address “faith at work” in sermons
8 percent provide prayer support for people struggling with job-related issues.

This week I'm saying happy birthday to my mom, and good-bye to the house I grew up in.

Making Space for Grief

I have the day off work today. I’m celebrating my mom’s birthday. Had she lived, she would have been 72. So today is going to be a time for celebrating my mom by enjoying things we would have done together. I will eat cake.

Beloved Author of Bridge to Terabithia Returns With Modern-Day Christmas Stories

Louisville, Kentucky—Katherine Paterson, the award-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and Jacob Have I Loved, is back with a new collection of Christmas stories. Beloved by children and adults for decades, Paterson has twice won the National Book Award and the Newbury Medal and is the recipient of the 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. In this new collection of short stories, A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season (Westminster John Knox Press), Paterson explores the dark side of Christmas in order to find a true message of hope. Each story features a conflicted central character that is struggling to find the meaning of Christmas, which appears lost in a world of greed, pain, and loss. This collection includes the stories of real-life people such as a lonely widower, a pregnant teenage runaway, and a political prisoner in China who have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas due to overwhelming pain and circumstances.

Quote of the Day: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

“The idea that Latinos, simply by their presence, might restore the moral tenor of our public discourse is a delusion. The emulsifying effect of American consumer culture, with all its practical atheism, its ambitions, manufactured appetites, distractions, noise, toys and anesthetics – in other words, all its eager little idolatries – is simply too strong.” — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, in a speech in Los Angeles