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Friday's News & Ideas - 1/7/2022

  • Replanting dying churches
  • Countering far-right Christianity
  • Steve Pieters & Tammy Faye Bakker
  • Post-Christian church
  • UAE switches to work on Friday
  • Britney Spears’ dancing

For dying congregations, a ‘replant’ can offer new life
Religion News Service: As congregations become smaller and smaller, some are being ‘replanted’ by applying the lessons from start-up congregations to older, dying churches.

If we don’t counter far-right Christianity, 1/6 will just be the beginning
Religion Dispatches: We cannot allow our religious institutions to continue to be fertile breeding grounds for far-right ideologies, Serene Jones says.

AIDS activist Steve Pieters revisits his pivotal interview with Tammy Faye Bakker
Religion & Politics: Pieters was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), a denomination founded in 1968 to serve the spiritual needs of LGBTQ+ Christians.

The Capitol attack signaled a post-Christian church, not merely a post-Christian culture
Christianity Today: Last year’s events in DC threatened not only American democracy but also evangelical witness, Russell Moore says.

‘It just feels so wrong’: UAE works on Friday for first time
The Guardian: People juggle work and Friday prayer as the country switches to Saturday-Sunday weekend.

The Spark

Britney Spears has always fought back. By dancing.
Before, during and now after the conservatorship that oversaw her life for 13 years, the pop star has used dance* to assert her power and connect with her audience, The New York Times says.

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