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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Methodist Church in Britain allows same-sex marriage in ‘momentous’ vote

At least 4 Catholic churches were destroyed on Indigenous land in a week
CNN: The churches were destroyed as Canada confronts its history of systemic abuse of Indigenous communities with the recent discoveries of hundreds of human remains at the sites of two former boarding schools, which were operated by Catholic religious groups.
Methodist Church in Britain allows same-sex marriage in ‘momentous’ vote
BBC: The Methodist Church in Great Britain has become the largest religious denomination in Britain to permit same-sex marriages.
Return to office? Some women of color aren’t ready.*
The New York Times: After more than a year of virtual work, employers are making plans to get back to the physical workplace. That has many workers worrying about the return of microaggressions and bias, too.
Living between the Bible’s first and last prayers*
Christian Century: Most days Timothy Jones hovers somewhere between Adam’s “I was afraid” and John of Patmos’s “Come, Lord Jesus.”
How religious freedom law fails Native Americans
Deseret News: In two ongoing lawsuits, tribes are fighting for access to sacred sites.
 
Portland congregation races to get members vaccinated before Oregon reopens
NPR: Once the state reaches a 70 percent vaccination rate, unvaccinated, unmasked people could be attending Sunday service. And that has one pastor worried.
Polish church reports recent clergy abuse of 368 children
Associated Press: In its latest report on the sexual abuse of minors, Poland’s Catholic Church says 292 clergymen allegedly abused 368 boys and girls from 2018 though 2020.
Key findings about religion in India
Pew Research: India’s massive population is diverse as well as devout. Not only do most of the world’s Hindus, Jains and Sikhs live in India, but it also is home to one of the world’s largest Muslim populations and to millions of Christians and Buddhists.
Evangelical Covenant Church joins list of Protestant denominations rebuking Doctrine of Discovery
Religion News Service: While the Evangelical Covenant Church has been working on its resolution for the past five years, its action came the day after the Cowessess First Nation announced it had found indications of at least 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
In France’s military, Muslims find a tolerance that is elusive elsewhere*
The New York Times: In a nation wary of the growth of Islam, France’s military has embraced and integrated its Muslim soldiers by facilitating their religious practice.
 

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