Friday's News & Ideas - 5/26/2023
- National plan against antisemitism
- US Slavic churches receive refugees
- IL Catholic abuse reforms
- Universities & monasteries
- ‘Constitutional county’
- Vienna, renters’ utopia
The first national strategy for fighting antisemitism is finally here. What’s in it?
NPR: The Biden administration has released the country's first national strategy for combating antisemitism, a landmark plan aimed at addressing a growing problem.
Religion News Service: Jewish organizations laud White House plan to fight antisemitism
US Slavic churches booming with Ukrainian war refugees*
Christianity Today: One generation of Soviet refugees is welcoming another.
Illinois Catholic clergy abuse report could draw lawsuits, reforms but new charges unlikely
Associated Press: “Because the statute of limitations has frequently expired, many survivors of child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic clerics will never see justice in a legal sense,” the report says.
Why universities should be more like monasteries*
The New York Times: On the first day of a class called Living Deliberately, a professor of Southeast Asian and religious studies reviewed the rules. Each week, students would read about a different monastic tradition and adopt some of its practices.
In fight against ‘tyranny,’ Michigan board declares itself ‘constitutional county’
Religion News Service: In drafting the resolution to become a ‘constitutional county,’ commissioners relied on the writings of a Wisconsin pastor who promotes the idea of resistance to civil authorities.
Imagine a renters’ utopia. It might look like Vienna.
Soaring real estate markets have created a worldwide housing crisis.* What can we learn from a city that has largely avoided it? The New York Times Magazine asks.
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