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.
BBC: The Methodist Church in Great Britain has become the largest religious denomination in Britain to permit same-sex marriages.
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.
Christian Century: Most days Timothy Jones hovers somewhere between Adam’s “I was afraid” and John of Patmos’s “Come, Lord Jesus.”
Deseret News: In two ongoing lawsuits, tribes are fighting for access to sacred sites.
NPR: Once the state reaches a 70 percent vaccination rate, unvaccinated, unmasked people could be attending Sunday service. And that has one pastor worried.
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.
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.
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.
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.