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Monday's News & Ideas - 4/15/2024

  • Chuck Swindoll steps down
  • Forgoing Eid celebrations for Gaza
  • Episcopal seminary’s property woes
  • Youth mental health crisis
  • Orthodox church in Florida
  • Magazine from high-security prison

Chuck Swindoll steps down as senior pastor, but won’t retire*
Christianity Today: At 89 years old and more than 60 years into ministry, the Stonebriar Community Church founder plans to remain its primary preacher after the church names his successor.

Palestinians forgo Eid celebrations to mourn for Gaza
NPR: Many in Rafah were holding out hope that Eid would bring a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but one hasn’t materialized.

An Episcopal seminary found a solution to its fiscal woes. Then 7 bishops intervened.
Religion News Service: A group of seven New York-area bishops have objected to a long-term lease for General Episcopal Seminary, saying the lessee, a Catholic school, has a donor that does not support rights for gay, transgender and queer people.

What’s driving the youth mental health crisis? We asked 1,400 clinicians.
Politico: Mental health workers shared their perspectives on the causes of — and solutions to — the crisis.

This South Florida church, covered floor to ceiling in religious art, offers a portal to the past*
The Miami Herald: Christ the Saviour was established in the 1960s — but its architectural design reflects Orthodox traditions and beliefs that date back to the fifth century.

The Spark

How to publish a magazine in a maximum-security prison
For decades, Wilbert Rideau* investigated America’s prison system — from the inside, The New Yorker says.

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