Monday's News & Ideas - 8/31/2020

  • March on Washington
  • Vaccine skepticism
  • Religion at conventions
  • Divinity consultants
  • Catholic services resume
  • Fund your own fact-checking

Rev. Al Sharpton, families of police shooting victims join march on Washington
Religion News Service: Preachers, politicians and family members of Black people who had been killed or shot by police gathered on the National Mall on the anniversary of the March on Washington.

With science and scripture, a Baltimore pastor is fighting Covid-19 vaccine skepticism*
STAT: Since the beginning of the pandemic, Terris King, 60, has been fighting an uphill battle, weaving together science and scripture in the hopes his approximately 300 congregants will adhere to public health guidelines.

Inside the Democratic and Republican parties’ very different appeals to people of faith
Deseret News: The parties adopted different approaches to faith-related messaging at their conventions this month.

God is dead. So is the office. These people want to save both*
The New York Times: Divinity consultants are designing sacred rituals for corporations and their spiritually depleted employees.

Catholics resume First Communions and baptisms outdoors
Associated Press: Catholic churches in California have been resuming baptism, First Communion and Mass services outdoors after a series of COVID-19 closures shut down indoor church services in most of the state.

The Spark

Fact checking is the core of nonfiction writing. Why do so many publishers refuse to do it?
At Esquire, Emma Copley Eisenberg discusses the dangers* of authors being forced to hire their own fact-checker out of pocket. If they do so at all.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers

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