Friday's News & Ideas - 4/9/2021

  • Biden at seminary vaccine clinic
  • Leaving Xinjiang
  • Canadian church barricaded
  • TX gunman planned shooting
  • Changing churches in pandemic
  • Recording racist things

Biden says seminary COVID-19 vaccine clinic is example of ‘America at its finest’
Religion News Service: Biden said the partnership between the seminary and a community health center is one of many that are happening between religious and medical organizations across the nation.

‘I never thought China could ever be this dark’*
The Atlantic: Leaving Xinjiang has not meant Uyghur women are free of Beijing’s grasp.

Police block and barricade Canadian church over COVID-19 violations
Christianity Today: The pastor of the Alberta congregation recently spent a month in jail for repeated refusals to comply.

Texas church gunman likely planned mass shooting for months
Associated Press: The man who killed more than two dozen people at a Texas church in 2017 appeared to have been planning months before, according to testimony at a trial.

When pastors change churches during a global pandemic, it takes creativity and perseverance
Baptist News Global: Besides preaching to empty sanctuaries in view of a call -- and in some cases for months after beginning their new roles -- these pastors say they have yet to personally meet most church members and were unable to adequately say goodbye to their previous churches.

The Spark

Kyoko Takenaka recorded racist things men said in bars. For many, it hit home
The short is a four-chapter compilation* of cinematic and sonic set pieces, original poetry and music that reflect on Takenaka’s identity and experiences as an Asian American femme, The Los Angeles Times says.

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