Day: June 11, 2011

Studying church decline via evolution

David Sloan Wilson started studying the varieties of human living environments by trying to understand why some city neighborhoods are “good” and some are “bad”. He quickly determined that good or bad have nothing to do economic status, at least not directly. Some neighborhoods are just, as he calls it, “prosocial” and some aren’t. The […]

Scottish Synod wraps up

The Episcopal Church of Scotland has been meeting in general synod these past three days. Most of their work would be familiar to anyone who’s attended a General Convention meeting: passing of budgets, statements of concern on various topics and decisions about the nuts and bolts of national church life. But one topic discussed is […]

The scene in Joplin MO

Volunteer workers have been making their way to the devastated region around Joplin Missouri for weeks. One volunteer worker, who blogs under the name of “Kirkepiscatoid” describes what her morning was like at a relief center just outside of the most damaged area of the city: