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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Texas pastor preaching about abortion rights

For Christian birdwatchers, aka ‘ornitheoligists,’ religion takes flight
Religion News Service: For many, the relationship between birds and Christianity does not stray farther than seeing a dove carrying an olive branch on a banner at church. However, for Christian birdwatchers, this link is alive.
Attorney: No more ‘Black pastors’ in court for Arbery case
Associated Press: An attorney for one of the white men standing trial in the death of Ahmaud Arbery told the judge Thursday he doesn’t want “any more Black pastors” in the courtroom after the Rev. Al Sharpton sat with the slain man’s family.
Trump ally Michael Flynn condemned over call for ‘one religion’ in US
The Guardian: Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, was widely condemned after calling for the establishment of “one religion” in the US.
Biden’s child care plan faces resistance from religious groups*
The New York Times: A nondiscrimination provision in the $1.85 trillion social policy bill could disqualify some religious organizations, spurring a fight over who can benefit from President Biden’s landmark bill.
Is kosher pork still impossible?
Religion & Politics: In late September, the Orthodox Union (OU) — the world’s largest organization certifying kosher foods — announced that Impossible Foods’s new vegan “pork” product would not be labeled as kosher.
 
His reasons for opposing Trump were biblical. Now a top Christian editor is out.*
The New York Times: A clash over culture and politics comes to World, a groundbreaking journalistic institution that covers evangelical Christians.
The Texas pastor preaching about abortion rights*
The Cut: Amelia Fulbright has been taking a stand for years. More and more clergy are joining her.
CCM industry stays silent on LGBTQ inclusion as queer artists carve inroads
Religion News Service: Streaming platforms have allowed LGBTQ Christian artists like Semler to stake a claim in Christian music.
After 20 months of social distancing, why did I crave solitude?
Sojourners: But in late September, fully vaccinated and booster-ed, Cathleen Falsani decided to toe the travel waters and take a low-risk, solo road trip to a destination that might seem counterintuitive: a monastery.
The five spiritual senses*
Christian Century: Lessons from Maximus the Confessor and a dog.
 
The Christian peacemaker who left a trail of trauma
Christianity Today: Judy Dabler built a career helping reconcile conflict within ministries including RZIM and Mars Hill. But a new investigation says she abused her authority to protect those with power.
Why the minichurch is the latest trend in American religion
Religion News Service: While megachurches often make headlines, most of the congregations in the United States are relatively small.
William Sterling Cary, pioneering Black pastor, dies at 94
Associated Press: William Sterling Cary, a pioneering minister and civil rights activist who was the first Black person in prominent church leadership roles including president of the National Council of Churches, has died, according to family members. He was 94.
A maternity ranch is born: How evangelical women in Texas are mobilizing for a future without abortion*
The Washington Post: The growing sense among evangelical Christians was that the end of Roe v. Wade was no longer a dim possibility but a near certainty.
41 countries ban religion-related groups; Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baha’is among the most commonly targeted
Pew Research Center: Government restrictions on religion take many forms around the world. Particularly restrictive governments often limit religious expression by banning certain groups.
 
 

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