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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.”

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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

The Long Holy War Behind Putin’s Political War in Ukraine

posted on April 26, 2022

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.”

Read at The New Yorker

Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful

posted on April 19, 2022

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.

Read at The New York Times

What to Expect When the Mormon’s D.C. Temple Opens to the Public

posted on April 19, 2022

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.

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To Fight Climate Despair, This Christian Ecologist Says Science Isn’t Enough

posted on April 19, 2022

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.”

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Holy Days Converging in April Spark Interfaith Celebrations

posted on April 19, 2022

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.

Read at The Associated Press