Monday's News & Ideas - 6/29/2020

  • Transparency in stimulus loans?
  • SBC leader reflects on national crises
  • How Camden disbanded police
  • 10 predictions about the church
  • Clergy abuse claims quadruple
  • What is the "anthropause"?

Should Americans know which churches received COVID-19 stimulus loans?
Deseret News: The Trump administration has resisted calls to release a full list of paycheck protection loan recipients. But advocacy groups who objected to aspects of church participation in the program say they have no plans to stop pushing for transparency.

Evangelical leader on role of church in moment of upheaval
NPR: Michel Martin speaks to Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, about how his faith informs his perspective during two national crises.

How a police chief helped Camden disband its force and bring crime down
National Catholic Reporter: Former Camden police chief John Scott Thomson said he combined community policing with his own faith. He was chief when the city disbanded its entire police force, rebuilding into something Thomson called “more Peace Corps than Special Forces.”

What will we see less of and more of in America’s churches in the 2020s?
Baptist News Global: Even with all the uncertainties, there appear to be some broad truths and trends emerging, writes Bill Wilson of The Center for Healthy Churches. He offers 10 predictions.

Scandals, compensation programs lead Catholic clergy sex abuse complaints to quadruple in 2019*
Washington Post: The number of allegations of Catholic clergy sex abuse of minors more than quadrupled in 2019 compared to the average in the previous five years.

The Spark

The Anthropause: How the pandemic gives scientists a new way to study wildlife
A group of scientists argue that the Covid lockdown, what they're calling the “anthropause,” is an unprecedented opportunity to study how humans affect animal behavior.

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