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Monday's News & Ideas - 9/25/2023

  • National Cathedral’s new windows
  • CA UMC bishop acquitted
  • Jimmy Carter still living in hospice
  • Yom Kippur for interreligious couples
  • Auburn University’s baptism event
  • Speaking another language

National Cathedral unveils racial justice-themed windows, replacing Confederate ones
NPR: Six years after two stained-glass windows that honored Confederate generals were taken down, the Washington National Cathedral has unveiled the pair of windows that are taking their place.
The Washington Post: For $18.65, famous artist designs racial justice windows for National Cathedral*

California bishop acquitted in first United Methodist court trial of its kind in nearly a century
The Associated Press: A United Methodist Church court acquitted a California bishop Friday of all charges in the first trial of one of the church’s bishops in nearly a century.

Jimmy Carter’s final chapter: Peanut butter ice cream and his 99th birthday*
The New York Times: Carter was already the longest-living president in American history, but his staying power even in hospice has captured the imagination of admirers around the world.

This Yom Kippur, she’ll pray inside the synagogue, he’ll secure it on the outside
Religion News Service: Shana Silverstein and Tom Barbieri are among a growing rank of intermarried synagogue members.

Auburn University condemned by Freedom From Religion Foundation for baptism event* Auburn University was heavily criticized for the Unite Auburn event held on Sept. 12, which featured head football coach Hugh Freeze and other prominent Auburn figures baptizing students, by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Spark

‘I couldn’t believe the data’: how thinking in a foreign language improves decision-making
Research shows people who speak another language are more utilitarian and flexible, less risk-averse and egotistical, and better able to cope with traumatic memories, The Guardian says.

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