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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Reformed Church in America splits

Are landlords ‘bad Christians’ when they raise rent?
Deseret News: Dave Ramsey stepped into a moral morass when he said rent should reflect the market, not tenants’ ability to pay.
A cryptic email, then a confession: How a Muslim group uncovered moles*
The Washington Post: For many U.S. Muslims, the new scandal has been a reminder of the post-9/11 microscope under which they live.
Pope slips out of Vatican to visit record shop, gets CD
Associated Press: Pope Francis grew up listening to the opera on the radio, is a fan of Argentine tango and thinks Mozart “lifts you to God.”
Italian Catholic, Jewish leaders condemn Nazi flag placed on coffin at church funeral
Reuters: Rome’s archdiocese said priests at the funeral weren't aware the flag would be present at the service for a former member of the right-wing extremist group Forza Nuova.
Seattle’s Interfaith Community Sanctuary includes Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus*
Christian Century: “People from every religious tradition want to be of service to God’s creation in a genuine way.”
 
Pope suggests getting COVID vaccine is a ‘moral obligation’
Associated Press: Pope Francis lamented that ideological divides were discouraging people from getting vaccinated.
What Christians get wrong about drug use
Sojourners: More than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in the 12-month period ending in April 2021 — a 28.5 percent increase over the previous year. With this tragic loss of human life, it would be easy to believe that the drugs themselves are evil.
Could Sabbath closure laws make a comeback?
Deseret News: Here’s why some political commentators and legal scholars are tweeting their support for taking a Sabbath.
Women are finding new ways to influence male-led faiths
The Conversation: Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal.
How Ohio’s Indigenous sacred sites became a religious flashpoint
National Catholic Reporter: Southern Ohio is home to more than 70 earthworks constructed by the Indigenous Adena and Hopewell cultures.
 
The Potter’s House Denver sells property, goes virtual
Christianity Today: The congregation in T. D. Jakes’s network is one of the biggest to shutter its doors due to COVID-19 constraints.
A historic Black church says D.C. is trying to push it out of Shaw. The church’s tenants say it’s a slum lord.*
The Washington Post: Both the church and the residents contend they are victims of gentrification.
Polar priest: The church in the world’s northernmost town
The Guardian: The world’s northernmost priest runs the Svalbard Church in Longyearbyen, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Pastor Siv Limstrand is the community’s guiding figure as it looks to an uncertain future in the face of economic shifts and the effects of climate change.
Muslims in interfaith bonds are proliferating. Imams willing to marry them are not.
Religion News Service: One out of five Muslims is in an interfaith relationship, surveys suggest. But few imams are willing to conform the traditional Muslim wedding ceremony to their needs, couples say.
Pope Francis removes archbishop tied to document barring same-sex blessings
Associated Press: Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was widely seen as being behind the March 2021 document that outraged the gay community, which Francis has made pains to welcome into the church fold.
 
Reformed Church in America splits as conservative churches form new denomination
Religion News Service: Some who remain in the RCA are concerned for the small, nearly 400-year-old denomination’s survival.
The world feels fragile, but we can recover from the blows we’ve suffered
The Guardian: Science, art and religion can all help us build towards a new conception of humanity in the wake of the pandemic, Rowan Williams says.
Right-wing Catholic causes got millions from group that funded some Capitol rioters
National Catholic Reporter: An organization that provided hefty sums of money to nonprofits that spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election and organized the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol building has also funneled millions of dollars in anonymous donations to right-wing Catholic nonprofits and official Catholic groups.
Theology school must sell land to Claremont Colleges, court rules
Inside Higher Ed: The ruling follows nearly six years of litigation over the value of the campus and the Claremont Colleges’ right to purchase the land for only $4 million, per a 1957 agreement with the Claremont School of Theology.
Pope Francis writes to controversial nun, thanking her for 50 years of LGBTQ ministry*
The Washington Post: Pope Francis has sent an encouraging letter to an American nun thanking her for her 50 years of ministry to LGBTQ Catholics, more than two decades after she was investigated and censured by the Vatican for her work.
 
For dying congregations, a ‘replant’ can offer new life
Religion News Service: As congregations become smaller and smaller, some are being ‘replanted’ by applying the lessons from start-up congregations to older, dying churches.
If we don’t counter far-right Christianity, 1/6 will just be the beginning
Religion Dispatches: We cannot allow our religious institutions to continue to be fertile breeding grounds for far-right ideologies, Serene Jones says.
AIDS activist Steve Pieters revisits his pivotal interview with Tammy Faye Bakker
Religion & Politics: Pieters was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), a denomination founded in 1968 to serve the spiritual needs of LGBTQ+ Christians.
The Capitol attack signaled a post-Christian church, not merely a post-Christian culture
Christianity Today: Last year’s events in DC threatened not only American democracy but also evangelical witness, Russell Moore says.
‘It just feels so wrong’: UAE works on Friday for first time
The Guardian: People juggle work and Friday prayer as the country switches to Saturday-Sunday weekend.
 
 
 

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