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What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them | Anonymous | US news | The Guardian
Note from Inside: How corruption at “elite” universities weakens them: students whose parents bought their entry drain resources: professors on edge #corruption
usa  university  scandal  institution  corruption  professor  USC  california  expose  Q1  2019 
26 days ago by csrollyson
Why Social Justice Is Killing Synagogues and Churches – Tablet Magazine
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However satisfying to its practitioners, the emphasis on social justice is clearly not attracting more worshippers. Almost all the religious institutions most committed to this course are also in the most serious decline, most notably mainstream Protestants but also, Catholics and Reform and Conservative Jews. The rapidly declining Church of England, which is down to 2 percent share among British youth, is burnishing its progressive image by adding the use of plastics to its list of Lenten sacrifices, but seems unable to serve the basic spiritual and family needs of their congregants.

In contrast, more conservative faith organizations generally enjoy better growth, and higher birthrates, particularly in the developing world . The University of London’s Eric Kaufmann explains in his important book Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? that if current trends continue, the more fundamentalist family-centered faiths seem most likely to survive. Already, for example, Orthodox Jews, historically a small subgroup, are projected to become the majority of the Hebraic community in Britain by 2100, and already constitute some three-fifths of Jewish children in New York.

Orthodox Jews and evangelicals may be finding common ground, then, but the future of religion overall does not seem a bright one. It’s hard to imagine most young Jews becoming Orthodox, or casual Christians embracing en masse Mormonism or evangelical Christianity. Instead, the future seems to point to a smaller, more conservative religious community, isolated amidst an increasingly secularized culture.
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"To survive, less traditionalist faiths need less “virtue signaling” and more emphasis on serving the needs of congregants. Marshall Toplansky, who advises Church World Services, a major Protestant aid group, suggested that groups like Mormons and evangelicals who focus on providing services for families and their local communities fare far better than those more tied to strictly a social gospel. Toplansky said that many mainstream churches 'have overlooked the value of building grassroots relationships with their donors,' who sometimes do not share the progressive ideology of the clerical class. Without engaging the faithful and addressing their needs, he noted, 'people stop identifying with their local institution and stop participating in the local activities that defined them to begin with.'"

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"Anthony Lemus, an influential lay Catholic, believes the church’s future relies on remaining true to its principles while refashioning its message to serve its adherents’ worldly, as well as spiritual, needs. An astrophysicist brought up in a deeply Catholic East Los Angeles household, Lemus is working with a prominent Catholic theologian, Rev. Robert Spitzer, on rewriting of the Catholic Catechism to make the faith more accessible to the new generation. He also supports efforts to improve services from the church—day care, athletic clubs, camps—that might attract young families back to the faith."

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"Ultimately, as Lemus suggested, religions, including Judaism, can only hope to thrive if they serve a purpose that is not met elsewhere in society. It is all well and good to perform good deeds, but if religions do not make themselves indispensable to families, their future could be bleak. As we already see in Europe, churches and synagogues could become ever more like pagan temples, vestiges of the past and attractions for the curious, profoundly clueless about the passion and commitment that created them."
tablet  religion  community  organization  institution 
7 weeks ago by actualitems
Nobel Prize fails modern science
The Nobel Prize fails modern science as it recognises individuals when so many, in fact, virtually all, discoveries and innovations these days are created by large teams and organisations. From Rosalind Franklin to the present good people have been left out. We need to change!
breakthrough  paradox  science  nobel  team  institution 
october 2018 by michael.bhaskar
ALA Libraries Transform | An initiative of the American Library Association
Awareness campaign showing stakeholders and users how libraries are evolving in the digital age
library  organization  institution  transformation  campaign  usa  culture  Society  digital  disruption 
june 2018 by csrollyson

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