Friday's News & Ideas - 2/21/2020

  • Barber’s holistic justice
  • Baylor chapel controversy
  • Church & coronavirus outbreak
  • Truth about testimonies
  • Harrisburg diocese bankruptcy
  • Space Jam’s pro-union politics

‘There is not some separation between Jesus and Justice.’ How Rev. William J. Barber II uses his faith to fight for the poor.
TIME: Barber takes a holistic view of the relationship among injustices, from ecological devastation to systemic racism, and he believes solutions must come from listening to those most affected.

Potawatomi Christian chapel speaker Kaitlin Curtice draws ire of Baylor student group
Religion News Service: Curtice’s remarks during the school's three chapel services about her journey of “decolonizing” her faith drew pushback from a student group at the private Christian university in Texas, and her message was reportedly interrupted by a shouting student.

Shadowy church is at center of coronavirus outbreak in South Korea*
The New York Times: As the country’s infection numbers soar, most cases have been connected to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which mainstream churches consider a cult.

The truth about testimonies
Christian Century: We live in a culture reeling from loudmouthed Chris­tianity.

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals
Associated Press: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics.

The Spark

The hidden pro-union politics of ‘Space Jam’
‘Space Jam’ writers and animators tell MEL Magazine about the labor-rights messages they hid in plain sight -- and why Hollywood wasn’t such a sunny place for the artists who made Bugs Bunny a baller.

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