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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
For The New Yorker, Paul Elie writes, “After the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s religious diversity has been subsumed into national unity. Whatever the war’s outcome, the biggest loser, in religious terms, will almost certainly be the Russian Orthodox Church.”
Neil MacFarquhar and Sophia Kishkovsky of The New York Times report that the war in Ukraine is causing strife within the Orthodox Church. They write, “Around the world, the war is dividing national churches, parishes and even families as they reassess relations with Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Orthodox Church.” Some have opted to leave their churches altogether, while others have issued public statements of rebuke for the clergy supporting Putin’s invasion. Many in the Orthodox Church have remained silent, however, fearing backlash from the Kremlin.
Karina Elwood of The Washington Post reports that the D.C. Mormon temple, which is usually only accessible to church members, will be open to the public for two months following its recent renovations. Elwood writes, “Church leaders said they hope anyone with questions about the faith will visit the temple. For them, it’s an opportunity to open the doors and share their traditions.” The temple’s interior is designed to emulate the journey of becoming closer to God.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey of The Washington Post profiles Rick Lindroth, an evangelical ecologist who is advocating for a faith-based approach to fight climate change. Lindroth pushes back against the prevailing evangelical narrative that climate protection is unnecessary because the world is only a temporary dwelling on the road to heaven. Pulliam Bailey writes, “Christians, he believes, are called to love what God loves and to care for what he cares for because creation’s purpose is to bring praise to God.”
Luis Andres Henao of the Associated Press reports that the many religious holy days in April are prompting some communities to organize interfaith gatherings. “It’s a convergence that happens only rarely,” Henao writes. “Coinciding with Judaism’s Passover, Christianity’s Easter, and Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, Buddhists, Baha’is, Sikhs, Jains and Hindus also are celebrating their holy days in April.” The interfaith events range from sharing meals and rituals to focusing on refugee resettlement and climate change activism.