Monday's News & Ideas - 5/4/2020

  • Churches plan to reopen
  • Shutdowns shift seminaries
  • Convent struck by COVID-19
  • Archdiocese files for bankruptcy
  • Myth of Christian innocence
  • Living the same moment

As states ease lockdown restrictions, churches must decide when -- and how -- to reopen
Religion News Service: For now, many houses of worship will stay closed while making plans for an eventual reopening.

COVID-19 shutdowns are shifting seminary education
Christianity Today: With layoffs at Fuller and Southern, theological schools navigate financial pressures to keep training “spiritual responders.”

After decades of service, five nuns die as virus sweeps through convent
New York Times: The coronavirus outbreak was difficult to trace in the Wisconsin convent, which specializes in care for aging nuns with dementia.

Archdiocese files for bankruptcy amid clergy abuse costs
Crux: The New Orleans archdiocese is the latest of more than 20 dioceses nationwide to take such action.

The myth of Christian innocence reinforces anti-Semitism
Sojourners: The claim that white nationalists are un-Christian just reinforces the idea that the church is the sole arbiter of good and evil.

The Spark

We are all living the same moment
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