Friday's News & Ideas - 5/7/2021

  • India’s Christians overwhelmed
  • Domestic abuse survivors
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Ramadan in China
  • The Utah compromise
  • Unpublished novels

India’s Christians ask for prayer as virus overwhelms crematoriums
Christianity Today: A severe oxygen shortage is one of many challenges as India suffers the world’s worst surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Domestic abuse surged under COVID-19. Clergy need better tools to help survivors.
Religion News Service: Ready or not, clergy are likely to be sought out more frequently by those leaving homes after a year of quarantine and quarreling.

This Mother’s Day, let’s work to change the Constitution
Sojourners: We are closer than ever to winning the 100-year battle to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Ramadan in China: Faithful dwindle under limits on religion
Associated Press: Tursunjan Mamat, a practicing Muslim in western China’s Xinjiang region, said he’s fasting for Ramadan but his daughters, ages 8 and 10, are not. Religious activity including fasting is not permitted for minors, he explained.

Meeting in the middle on religious and LGBTQ rights
Deseret News: There is a way to protect the LGBTQ community and people of faith if Americans would rediscover a passion for compromise.

The Spark

My mother’s novel was never published, but it taught me the most important thing
Twenty-five years after her death, I’m still learning from the writing she left behind, Anna Nordberg says at Slate.

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