Friday's News & Ideas

  • Digital collection plate
  • White Christians & racial divide
  • CoE challenges BP & Shell
  • Grawemeyer Award winner
  • NYC Catholic hip campaign
  • Christmas story paintings

Church giving tops $50 billion a year in U.S. -- and its future is not a collection plateFast Company: Call it the 21st-century offering plate. In age when nobody carries cash, digital giving options have risen up to bridge the gap for churches.

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it's time to stand with blacksReligion News Service: In wake of grand jury decisions, white Christians have grown more vocal in urging predominantly white churches to no longer turn a blind eye to injustice and to bridge the country's racial divides.

Church of England challenges BP and Shell over global warmingThe (London) Guardian: Planned shareholder resolution is a 'vital opportunity to influence companies' climate change strategy', says investment chief.

Grawemeyer winner links Christianity, raceLouisville Courier-Journal: Does Christianity bear some historical responsibility for racism and segregation? Yes, says the Rev. Dr. William James Jennings, 2015 Grawemeyer Award winner.

Catholic Church seeks to boost attendance in Brooklyn, Queens with new ad campaignCBS New York: Hip and trendy may not be the words you would use to describe going to church, but they may be appropriate for a new campaign aimed at attracting visitors.

The Spark

The 10 best Christmas story paintingsIn The (London) Guardian, art critic Laura Cumming chooses her favorite depictions of the Christmas story, from Bruegel to Botticelli.

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