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Friday's News & Ideas - 6/14/2024

  • RCA voting on restructuring
  • Young women leaving religion
  • Pro-Christian nationalism conference
  • Traveling for abortions
  • Pope meets with comedians
  • Breathing & screentime

The Reformed Church in America to vote on restructuring
Religion News Service: After losing nearly half its membership in just five years, the RCA’s General Synod will consider 10 proposals aimed at charting a path forward.

Young women are fleeing organized religion. This was predictable.*
The New York Times: Young women are leaving church “in unprecedented numbers,” Daniel Cox and Kelsey Eyre Hammond wrote in April for Cox’s newsletter, American Storylines.

“War on white America”: Influential Texas group hosting pro-Christian nationalism conference*
The Texas Tribune: True Texas Project has for years worked with Attorney General Ken Paxton, Sen. Ted Cruz and other prominent Republicans.

171,000 traveled for abortions last year. See where they went.*
The New York Times: More than 14,000 Texas patients crossed the border into New Mexico for an abortion last year. An additional 16,000 left Southern states bound for Illinois. And nearly 12,000 more traveled north from South Carolina and Georgia to North Carolina.

Did you hear the one about the pope? Francis tells audience of comedians it’s OK to laugh at God
The Guardian: More than 100 comics from around the world including Jimmy Fallon and Chris Rock visited the pontiff on Friday.

The Spark

Screen apnea: What happens to our breath when we type, tap, scroll
Over the course of hundreds of years, humans have lost touch with natural breathing patterns as our posture has declined and we spend much of the day hunched over our screens and devices, NPR says.

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