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Reactions to the End of Roe Reveal Divisions Between Religious Leaders

posted on June 27, 2022

Belinda Luscombe of TIME reports, “For some people of faith, it was the triumphant end to a long, hard fight against what they considered a key human rights violation upon the most vulnerable. But not for all of them. Plenty of those who practice a religion mourned the rollback of what they consider a vital legal protection for women, especially the most vulnerable.”

Read at TIME

An Elite Christian College Has Become The Latest Battleground In America’s Culture Wars

posted on June 21, 2022

Jonathan Cohn of Huffpost reports, “The thread running through all these controversies is a clash between the traditional and the modern ― between those who think their worlds have already changed too much and those who want them to change more ― over a whole set of cultural issues but especially over those related to sexuality. And at Calvin, it’s fast becoming an existential crisis, with newer generations of students and many faculty pushing the school to accept and embrace the LBGTQ community more firmly while outside forces pull in the opposite direction.”

Read at Huffpost

They Inhabited Separate Worlds in Taiwan. Decades Later, They Collided in a California Church.

posted on June 14, 2022

The New York Times reports that “the shooting in the church in Laguna Woods, Calif., stood out in its own way, a variation on American tragedy that seemed to show how faraway conflicts, even those in the distant past, can reverberate in the gun culture of the United States.”

Read at The New York Times

Shootings expose divisions on gun issue in faith communities

posted on June 6, 2022

Deepa Bharath and Holly Meyer of The Associated Press report, “People of faith who are tired of years of failed gun control efforts and grieving the latest mass shooting victims are pointing out what they say is hypocrisy – conservative Christians pushing to abolish abortion and grant unfettered access to guns.”

Read at The Associated Press

Uvalde worshippers pray for peace, healing and the souls of 21 lives lost

posted on May 31, 2022

Brian Lopez and Erin Douglas of The Texas Tribune report, “Residents of Uvalde, a deeply religious community, prayed, cried and embraced each other on the first Sunday since a gunman killed 21 people at an elementary school.”

Read at The Texas Tribune

This Is the Southern Baptist Apocalypse

posted on May 24, 2022

For Christianity Today, Russell Moore writes: “They were right. I was wrong to call sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) a crisis. Crisis is too small a word. It is an apocalypse.”

Read at Christianity Today

Christianity Today’s Sexual Misconduct Problem and the Complications with Forgiving Institutions

posted on May 17, 2022

For The Revealer, Kaya Oakes writes: “When an abusive person’s name is drilled off a building, the shadow of the old name often remains visible even when a new one is mounted on top of it, gouges in the surface that never fully fade away. The same can be said about institutions with histories of abuse.”

Read at The Revealer

Nothing Beautiful Survives the Culture War

posted on May 9, 2022

Elizabeth Bruenig of The Atlantic writes, “Much of the meaningless hardship inflicted on American children, in particular, seems to pass by without notice. Even the government agencies designated to protect the rights of this most vulnerable group sometimes fail to do so at all.”

Read at The Atlantic

Roe v. Wade: Faith leaders react to leaked SCOTUS opinion

posted on May 5, 2022

Emily McFarlan Miller of Religion News Service reports, “The reactions swiftly rolled in from both sides of the historically polarizing debate, including from faith leaders, a group more divided than many Americans might think. While reproductive rights have often been framed as a liberal issue, staunchly opposed by the religious right, views of abortion among the faithful are not monolithic.”

Read at Religion News Service

Yes, the directors of ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ are trying to destroy your brain

posted on May 2, 2022

In this interview with Polygon, the directors of Everything Everywhere All At Once, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, discuss the film’s biggest ideas including the influence of a religious journey. Kwan shares, “That moment when Evelyn is screaming, and she’s feeling everything, and she’s completely unmoored and lost, that is the experience of losing God.”

Read at Polygon