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Friday's News & Ideas - 4/29/2022

  • Trump restricted CDC church guidance
  • Church education disrupted
  • Religion & midterm primaries
  • Buddhist activist dies in protest
  • God-as-parent is radical
  • Climate change & pandemics

Trump White House overrode COVID guidance for churches, emails show
The Guardian: CDC planned to suggest in 2020 that religious communities hold services online but key passages were struck out.

Half of churches say Sunday school, other education programs disrupted by pandemic
Religion News Service: Overall, evangelical churches reported experiencing the least disruption to their educational programs, while mainline churches reported the most, followed by Catholic and Orthodox congregations.

What role will religion play in the midterm primaries?
National Catholic Reporter: The midterm primary season will not only shape the November election, but also tell us about the relative power dynamics within each of the two parties.

Activist’s self-immolation stirs questions on faith, protest
Associated Press: Wynn Bruce, a 50-year-old climate activist and Buddhist, set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, prompting a national conversation about his motivation and whether he may have been inspired by Buddhist monks who self-immolated in the past to protest government atrocities.

God-as-parent is a radical metaphor*
Christian Century: It’s not possible to parent without experiencing risk, weakness, pain, and transformation.

The Spark

We created the ‘pandemicene’
By completely rewiring the network of animal viruses, climate change* is creating a new age of infectious dangers, The Atlantic says.

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