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Friday's News & Ideas - 9/16/2022

  • Churches investigating pollution
  • Religious satires
  • How the land mourns
  • University provides Indigenous housing
  • Pastor wrongfully convicted
  • America’s ‘Blackest city’

How St. Louis churches are revealing the disparities in the air we breathe
Religion News Service: Congregations in St. Louis are working with local scientists to monitor the air quality in communities affected by industrial pollution.

God loves a show: Religious satires reveal the art of acting faithful*
The New York Times: In films like “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul” and shows like “The Righteous Gemstones,” pageantry is the top priority.

The land mourns*
Christian Century: Hosea testifies to an earth that laments with its people.

‘Living in the language’*
Inside Higher Ed: The University of Minnesota is offering student housing for residents who want to immerse themselves in learning Ojibwe or Dakota, two Native languages at risk of extinction.

Pastor spent 8 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. NC finally admits mistake.
News & Observer: Almost three decades later, long after Darron Carmon got out early for good behavior, long after he became pastor of two churches, the state has finally admitted its mistake and vacated his conviction.

The Spark

What will become of ‘America’s Blackest city’?
In South Fulton, Georgia, two radically different ideas about Black political power are vying for control. The fate of the city hangs in the balance, Politico says.

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