Monday's News & Ideas - 6/1/2020

  • More churches reconvene
  • Historic St. John’s set on fire
  • CDC drops warning on choirs
  • Is Annie Dillard a Christian?
  • SCOTUS upholds limits on church
  • Militarized police

Amid riots and a pandemic, church attendance resumes in ‘a very broken world’*
New York Times: In communities across the country, congregations that had sequestered for months to avoid the coronavirus ventured forth at a social distance in search of comfort.

Fire set at historic St. John’s church during protests of George Floyd’s death*
Washington Post: A fire was set in the basement of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, across Lafayette Square from the White House, during demonstrations Sunday night expressing outrage at the death of George Floyd in police custody, police said.

In a bone to evangelicals, CDC drops warning about COVID-19 risks in choirs
HuffPost: The federal health agency backs off its guideline even though a single choir practice in Washington state infected 52 people and led to 2 deaths.

Do I consider myself a Christian?
Christian Century: “I know one thing: there is holiness,” Annie Dillard writes.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services
Associated Press: A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The Spark

When police view citizens as enemies
The thin blue line looks like it’s ready to invade* a foreign nation, The Atlantic says.

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