Friday's News & Ideas - 3/13/2020

  • Church’s role in pandemic
  • LDS suspend all services
  • Valuing a moral president
  • UMC bishops plan new denomination
  • Almsgiver rebels in Rome
  • Reading the Qur’an in war

The church's role in a pandemic
Sojourners: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, churches in America can be a valuable resource from a public health perspective.

LDS Church suspends all worship services worldwide due to coronavirus
Salt Lake Tribune: To help combat the coronavirus pandemic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending public gatherings of church members worldwide.

White evangelicals see Trump as fighting for their beliefs, though many have mixed feelings about his personal conduct
Pew Research: To the public overall, morality is more important in a president than strong religious beliefs.

8 bishops join in planning new denomination
United Methodist News Service: A group of United Methodist leaders, including eight bishops, has issued a statement sharing its vision for a new traditionalist denomination.

Papal Almsgiver breaks decree, opens Rome church for prayer and adoration
Crux: Just a day after Cardinal Angelo De Donatis announced the unprecedented decision to close all the churches in the Diocese of Rome to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Konrad Krajewski has done exactly the opposite.

The Spark

Lessons from the Qur’an as the bombs fell on Tehran
Alireza Doostdar writes in Lit Hub on blessing, punishment, and witnessing war.

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