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.
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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