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Friday's News & Ideas - 9/17/2021

  • Religion, evangelicals & COVID
  • Colleges & vaccine mandates
  • Following a spiritual calling
  • God’s nose
  • Britney Spears is exvangelical
  • A new nurse fights COVID

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.
Religion News Service: From the start, religion has divided how Americans respond to COVID.

Colleges mandating vaccines deal with religious exemptions
Inside Higher Ed: As more colleges mandate COVID-19 vaccines, the issue of whether and to what degree to police requests for religious exemptions comes to the fore.

It’s never too late to follow your spiritual calling*
The New York Times: After coming out as a transgender woman more than two years ago, Vica Steel never dreamed of forging a path to church leadership. Until now.

God’s nose*
Christian Century: When COVID took her sense of smell, Melissa Florer-Bixler was drawn to the Bible’s description of God’s.

Why #FreeBritney is an #Exvangelical cause
Religion Dispatches: While everyone knows about Britney Spears, few know — and even fewer discuss — the role religion has played in her life.

The Spark

A new nurse struggles to save patients in a new COVID surge
Cases peaked, then fell, then rose again, Scientific American says. “It is so much worse this time.”

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