Monday's News & Ideas - 6/15/2020

  • Catholic schools closing
  • Jesus was divisive
  • Reopening guidelines
  • Internet church booms
  • Church’s role in reparations
  • Why abolish the police?

Amid pandemic, scores of US Catholic schools face closure
Associated Press: Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, sparking heartbreak and anger in scores of affected communities.

Jesus was divisive: A black pastor's message to white Christians
NPR: The Rev. Lenny Duncan is a black preacher in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the nation's whitest Christian denominations. As nationwide protests have forced white Americans to talk about race, Duncan's longtime advocacy within the church has become all the more relevant.

Ready to go back to church? 10 things to consider before heading to worship
Religion News Service: An evangelical research center focused on disaster response has detailed key steps churchgoers might take as they contemplate attending reopened churches.

Churches are closed, but religion has a new home on the internet
Fast Company: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, houses of worship have been forced to figure out how to bring services, rituals, and other religious practices online in an engaging way.

The church must make reparation for its role in slavery, segregation
National Catholic Reporter: The recent Catholic statements on racism and rising protests fall way short when it comes to acknowledging the church’s role in the contemporary crisis and direct complicity in the sins of anti-Black racism, slavery and segregation in the modern era.

The Spark

Yes, we mean literally abolish the police
Because reform won’t happen,* Mariame Kaba writes at The New York Times.

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