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Friday's News & Ideas - 6/17/2022

  • Shooting at Alabama church kills 2
  • Bishop punishes school over BLM, Pride flags
  • Juneteenth is a chance to change gun culture
  • Synagogue sues FL over abortion
  • CofE paid clergy with funds from slave trade
  • White parents harass a Black educator 

A suspect is in custody after 2 people were fatally shot at a church near Birmingham, Alabama, police say
CNN: The attack on three parishioners at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills happened during a potluck event.

Bishop punishes school over Black Lives Matter, Pride flags
Associated Press: The Diocese of Worcester has told a local middle school that it can no longer identify itself as a Catholic school because it disobeyed the bishop’s order to take down its Black Lives Matter and Pride flags.

Juneteenth is a chance to rethink our gun culture
Christianity Today: Christians should work together to address our nation’s hate-motivated gun violence.

Synagogue sues Florida, saying abortion restrictions violate religious freedoms*
The New York Times: A South Florida congregation said that under Jewish law, abortion “is required if necessary to protect the health, mental or physical well-being” of a pregnant woman.

C of E paid poor 18th-century clergy with ‘abominable’ slave trade funds
The Guardian: Justin Welby says he is ‘deeply sorry for links with transatlantic chattel slavery.’

The Spark

White parents rallied to chase a Black educator out of town. Then, they followed her to the next one.
Cecelia Lewis was asked to apply for a Georgia school district’s first-ever administrator job devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion. A group of parents — coached by local and national anti-CRT groups — had other plans, ProPublica says.

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