Here’s How the ​Episcopal Church is Embracing Gay Marriage

The Church’s new approach to same-sex marriage follows a decade’s worth of progress for LGBT equality.

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When the Supreme Court delivered their ruling last Friday, the nation responded with rounds of applause. While some county clerks meekly resigned from their positions, most people followed SCOTUS’ lead, including the Episcopal Church. This Wednesday, Episcopalians gathered at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City, and voted—overwhelmingly—to approve same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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13 Spooky Sites That Redefine the Term Skeleton Structure

While world religions and ancient history are replete with alternative burial solutions, some of the most mesmerizing are found in ossuaries

There’s a growing consensus that the typical Western burial is pretty unsustainable. From the chemicals used to prepare the body, to the metal caskets and concrete plots that store corpses, to the water-intensive park-like atmosphere of many cemeteries, some forward-thinking folks are looking for more eco-friendly ways to leave their mortal coils behind. (And no, cremation doesn’t count if you’re concerned about your carbon footprint.)

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Geoffrey Canada to Headline Chicago Education Summit

Can Geoffrey Canada's education-reform blueprint transform public school in Chicago?

Can Geoffrey Canada's education-reform blueprint transform public school in Chicago? Canada, the CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone and one of the stars of the education documentary Waiting for Superman, is set to add his two cents to the Second City's education reform conversation by keynoting "Be a Superhero for Education," an education summit hosted by the United Way of Chicago on Wednesday, November 17.

Laura Thrall, the CEO of the United Way, told Chicago's Fox 11 that her organization's involvement came about because they're the social action partner for the documentary Waiting for Superman. Thrall says nothing will change in Chicago schools by pointing fingers, and the summit isn't out to pit teachers unions against charter school advocates. Instead, with only 54 percent of the city's high school students graduating, Thrall wants to, "bring people together, connect the dots," and get schools fixed.

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