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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As AFL-CIO charts its future, alliance with Catholic Church is vital

As vulnerable Afghans flee Kabul, US faith groups prepare to aid them
Religion News Service: Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are mobilizing to help Afghans as they arrive — and from afar.
The Conversation:
Where do Afghanistan’s refugees go?
University of Virginia disenrolls 238 students for not complying with university’s vaccine mandate
CNN: UVA requires “all students who live, learn, or work in person at the university” to be fully vaccinated for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, according to current university Covid-19 policies.
Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, hospitalized with COVID-19
CBS News: The Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, have both been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released Saturday by Jackson's Rainbow/Push Coalition.
The future of the Black church includes its ability to reckon with how it has treated its queer members*
The Washington Post: Ashon Crawley’s parents traveled yearly to Memphis for the annual convention of the Church of God in Christ. They purchased videocassettes of church services and concerts, videos that featured sermons and songs that included many men, flamboyant and free, in the choir. But year after year, more and more of them disappeared.
The world’s last Samaritans, straddling the Israeli-Palestinian divide*
The New York Times: Up a mountain in the West Bank, several hundred villagers practice an ancient Israelite religion while maintaining an ambiguous national identity.
 
1 in 10 non-church members still show up every Sunday
Christianity Today: New research shows that Americans’ religiosity increasingly doesn’t line up with whether they officially belong to a congregation.
Proud Boys leader who burned BLM flag gets 5 months in jail
Associated Press: The leader of the Proud Boys extremist group was sentenced to more than five months in jail on Monday for burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington.
For atheists, the idea of aliens seems real. Religious people doubt it.
Religion News Service: A new study finds that atheists think there just might be aliens out there. Evangelicals are not so sure.
In shift, Israel quietly allows Jewish prayer on Temple Mount*
The New York Times: Jewish activists say they are exercising their right to free worship at a site holy to Jews and Muslims. But the change upsets a longstanding compromise aimed at staving off conflict.
As AFL-CIO charts its future, alliance with Catholic Church is vital
National Catholic Reporter: Organized labor and the Catholic Church have enjoyed a long and important relationship. As the AFL-CIO chooses Liz Shuler to lead its 11 million members, the alliance has never been more needed — both by the church and by the unions.
 
Nadia Bolz-Weber installed as ELCA’s first pastor of public witness
Religion News Service: ‘We are acknowledging that Nadia has a ministry that goes far beyond the walls of any one church,’ the installing bishop told RNS.
Will the Taliban actually remain somewhat moderate this time?
Religion Dispatches: Some ten days after the fall of Kabul it’s still not clear how the Taliban will rule.
Safeguard gaps leave refugees vulnerable to sexual abuse, exploitation
Christianity Today: A Jordanian church got hundreds of thousands of dollars in international Christian aid, but little to no oversight.
Excommunicated Spanish ‘witch’ village turns curse into tourist cash
The Guardian: Embracing its strange past is a blessing for Trasmoz as thousands flock to its witchcraft attractions.
Does anyone want to hear about burned-out moms anymore?*
The Cut: Here we are, deep in a fourth wave, with schools about to reopen, and many of us are stuck in the same precarious, exhausting schedules of work and care.
 
 

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