Friday's News & Ideas - 6/19/2020

  • Oregon church spreads COVID
  • Trump’s rallies are his church
  • When Billy Graham defied racism
  • Friars & homeless quarantine
  • Bank & CoE profited from slavery
  • Juneteenth is joy as resistance

236 people got the coronavirus after an Oregon church held services during lockdown
Business Insider: State health authorities said this week that more than 230 cases were tied to an outbreak at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Union County, which held services in defiance of Oregon's stay-at-home order.

“He’s the chosen one to run America”: Inside the cult of Trump, his rallies are church and he is the gospel*
Vanity Fair: Trump’s rallies are the rituals by which he stamps his name on the American dream. As he prepares to resume them for the first time in months, his followers are ready to receive.

Billy Graham raised his voice against racism. So should his son
Sojourners: When Billy Graham declared he would never again preach to a segregated congregation, it was a courageous act for which he was heavily criticized.

In a Bronx shelter, friars and homeless have weathered the coronavirus quarantine together
Religion News Service: The friars have chosen to be close to the men they serve, and in effect quarantine with them until the danger passes.

Bank and Church of England apologize for historic slavery ties
BBC: Former Bank of England governors and directors profited from slavery, as did a bishop and dozens of other clergymen.

The Spark

This is how we Juneteenth
Amid protests against police brutality and structural racism toward black Americans, some lean into the joy* of tradition as resistance, The New York Times says. Others say recognition is not enough.

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