Church In a Pub?
Nov 04, 2013
Here's a novel approach to increasing attendance in church—bring in the beer. It may be a little early to call this a trend, but there are a small number of church services that have worshippers connecting over a pint or two. In Dallas, the Calvary Lutheran Church sponsors church-in-a-pub, while at the Portland First Christian Church they call it Beer & Hymns. We just have a hard time visualizing "How great thou art" sung on karaoke night, so we’re not expecting heartland churches to adopt this type of service anytime soon.
Bingo’s Been Adopted By a What?!
You may have heard of DINKs—Double Income, No Kids—but the latest childfree movement involves those couples who still opt to raise a four-legged friend. Enter the Double Income, Large Dog Owners couples. We’ll let you put the acronym together.
Lawmakers Target COOL
Could Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations be repealed? That is becoming a real possibility as members of the U.S. House and Senate begin work on a farm bill. COOL became mandatory in 2009, but the law has angered U.S. trading partners, Canada and Mexico. The World Trade Organization has made it clear that COOL is in violation of trade agreements and could impose tariffs and other sanctions against the U.S. At the first negotiating session on a final version of the new $500 billion U.S. farm bill, several lawmakers said COOL should be revised or repealed, in part because of the risk of international sanctions.
Support Slips for GMO Labeling Initiative
The GMO labeling initiative on the ballot in Washington state is clinging to a small lead as the finish line nears. Support for the initiative has dropped 20 points since September. Forty-six percent of Washingtonians support the measure, 42% oppose and 12% remain undecided, reports the Seattle Times. The paper's editorial board encouraged voters to reject the initiative in an editorial in Sunday's edition, saying, "Shoppers want useful information, not scare tactics."