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Monday's News & Ideas - 6/14/2021

  • SBC taking sides at meeting
  • SBC CRT statements
  • Young Black pastors
  • Dialing down political hatred
  • Saudi Arabia limits hajj
  • Human genome is complete

Southern Baptists take sides ahead of Nashville meeting
Christianity Today: A recent call to investigate the Executive Committee over abuse responses is the latest issue up for debate. Opposing factions in the SBC both say its future is at stake.
The Washington Post: Secret recordings, leaked letters: Explosive secrets rocking the Southern Baptist Convention*

At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting
Religion News Service: There’s a lot riding on the resolutions committee’s work, with critical race theory as one of the ‘points of tension’ it has to manage, its chair said.
The New York Times: ‘Take the ship’: Conservatives aim to commandeer Southern Baptists*

How Black pastors under 40 are trying to get their peers back into the pews
NBC: Churches have long been a bedrock of Black American life. But with Black millennials and Gen Zers abandoning churches, young pastors attempt to invite them back in.

Is there a way to dial down the political hatred?*
The New York Times: Over the past six months President Biden has been warning us, in his frank and ecumenical way, that Americans have become a bunch of idol worshipers.

Saudi Arabia says hajj will be limited to 60,000 People, all from within the kingdom
Associated Press: Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year’s hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Spark

The human genome is -- finally! -- complete
The Human Genome Project left 8 percent of our DNA* unexplored. Now, for the first time, those enigmatic regions have been revealed, The Atlantic says.

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