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Monday, October 11, 2021

A COVID serenity prayer

Sexual abuse revelations accelerate sense of a French Church in retreat*
The New York Times: The abuse of more than 200,000 minors by clergy over the past seven decades has shaken the nation and what was once a pillar of French society.
Pope Francis tells lawmakers to get their act together on climate change
Associated Press: “We owe this to the young, to future generations,” the 84-year-old pope said.
The relaxing and tingly world of Christian ASMR
Religion News Service: In the expansive world of ASMR, one small group of Christian creators have dedicated themselves to bringing their viewers closer to God through relaxation and brain tingles.
A COVID serenity prayer*
The Atlantic: We need the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Between bond and breach: The covenantal theology of Leonard Cohen
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Any attentive listener to Cohen’s music, or sensitive reader of his poetry, will soon discern that his aesthetic vision was underpinned by a rich ontology and theology.

Religious minorities and others at grave risk in Afghanistan and urgent action needed, U.S. panel declares
Baptist News Global: The United States and the global community must pressure the Taliban to cease persecuting Afghanistan’s religious and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ communities and even Muslims, said a virtual panel of experts convened by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
NPR:
Newly arrived Afghans test a refugee resettlement system that's rebuilding on the fly
‘That doesn’t sound like a seminary’
Sojourners: The nondenominational Hartford Theological Seminary is rebranding with a new name that the school’s leadership hopes will better reflect the institution’s renewed focus on peacebuilding, interreligious dialogue and conflict resolution.
Conversations address going separate ways
United Methodist News: This fall, a number of groups have planned online or in-person events aimed at helping Methodist churchgoers discuss and discern which direction they and their congregations might choose.
Don’t let religious liberty claims mask bad faith arguments
Christianity Today: Inconsistent and insincere appeals for exemptions to public health rules are undermining important freedoms.
Karl Barth’s affair with Charlotte von Kirschbaum wasn’t the only major conflict behind his theology*
Christian Century: The troubling nature of the Barth-Kirschbaum relationship is not limited to sexual infidelity. Did she get the credit she deserved for her contributions to Barth’s teaching and writing?

 

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