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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Do I consider myself a Christian?

Amid riots and a pandemic, church attendance resumes in 'a very broken world'*
New York Times: In communities across the country, congregations that had sequestered for months to avoid the coronavirus ventured forth at a social distance in search of comfort.

Fire set at historic St. John's church during protests of George Floyd's death*
Washington Post: A fire was set in the basement of historic St. John's Episcopal Church, across Lafayette Square from the White House, during demonstrations Sunday night expressing outrage at the death of George Floyd in police custody, police said.

In a bone to evangelicals, CDC drops warning about COVID-19 risks in choirs
HuffPost: The federal health agency backs off its guideline even though a single choir practice in Washington state infected 52 people and led to 2 deaths.

Do I consider myself a Christian?
Christian Century: "I know one thing: there is holiness," Annie Dillard writes.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services
Associated Press: A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

'The Bible is not a prop': Religious leaders, lawmakers outraged over Trump church visit
NBC News: The widely criticized photo-op was the president's idea because he "wanted the visual," sources told NBC News.
Washington Post: Episcopal bishop on President Trump: 'Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence'*

At protests, some clergy pray, others put their bodies and souls on the line
Religion News Service: Many religious traditions call on believers to stand with the marginalized. Sometimes this means pushing for new laws or marching in streets to demand action. Other times it means getting pepper-sprayed in the face.

US faith leaders lead congregations through tumultuous time
Associated Press: American religious leaders across faiths are grappling with the heavy burden of helping to heal two active traumas: rising civil unrest driven by the police killing of George Floyd and the coronavirus pandemic.

Joe Biden listens to anguish at a black church in Delaware*
New York Times: After weeks of virtual events, Mr. Biden went to Bethel A.M.E. Church in Wilmington to hear from community leaders.

The pastors already planning to rebel against future shutdowns
The Atlantic: A growing number of pastors believe the government overstepped in keeping churches closed this spring.

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