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Saturday, December 15, 2018

New forms of persecution

As one historically black Episcopal church closes, others face strong headwinds
Religion News Service: As North Carolina wrestles with the aftermath of Jim Crow, some of the churches bound up in the racial history of the region are slowly fading from view.

The return of paganism
The New York Times: Maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for America, says Ross Douthat.

Study shows young adults leaving church start down that path at age 13
Catholic News Service: To find Catholics who have left the church, start looking at the faces in the pews, according to a recent report.

At least 30 faith leaders arrested in border protest
Religion News Service: After a tense standoff with officials at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, at least 30 American clergy were taken into custody over the objections of demonstrators.

Trump's evangelical advisers could help him secure a win on sentencing reform
The Atlantic: Conservative Christian leaders are a major force behind criminal-justice legislation being considered in the Senate. But black and progressive clergy see danger in allying with the president, even on this issue.

Some reflections on the mission of John Allen Chau
Sightings: Historian and teacher of mission and evangelism Arun W. Jones offers three points about the mission of John Allen Chau.

Why doesn't religion rank higher among sources of meaning?
The Deseret News: What explains religion's place on these lists? The answer isn't just that there are a rising number of nonbelievers in America, according to researchers.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this is your history
Religion News Service: There had never been as brilliant a Jewish culture as the Jews of Spain. That brilliance lasted for ten centuries. No Jewish community in the Diaspora has lasted that long.

What chorale singing can teach us about leadership
Quartz: Singing in a choir, it turns out, yields endless lessons (and metaphors) for managers.

With tears, megachurch Pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini anniversary gift to wife
The Greenville (S.C.) News: The new pastor of a South Carolina megachurch gave his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini SUV for their eighth anniversary five days ago, and he's been getting heat on social media for it ever since.

New forms of persecution: In Mexico, 26 priests have been murdered in the last six years -- most for interfering with organized crime and drug trafficking

Renovations complete at House of Prayer for Priests in Orange diocese: After 30 years, House of Prayer gets major makeover: roof replaced, fresh paint, new air conditioning, each of 8 rooms gets new water heater, toilet, shower, beds

Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe at annual tribute and Mass in Los Angeles: Faithful can see relic of the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

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