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Thursday's News & Ideas - 2/22/2024

  • Lessons from Alexei Navalny
  • SBC abuse reform plan hits snag
  • Christian Nationalist church
  • PA Mother church vandalized
  • Ex-Catholics in Rome
  • Supercommunicators

What a murdered Russian dissident can teach us about moral courage*
Christianity Today: Alexei Navalny was willing to stand alone — knowing he’d never be alone in the bigger story.

Heads of SBC mission boards say they will not fund new abuse reform nonprofit
Religion News Service: Leaders of Send Relief, an SBC-related humanitarian group, say funds earmarked for abuse response have to be used within the SBC.

Inside the Christian Nationalist church where Proud Boys go to be baptized
Vice: Southern California pastor Hansel Orzame leads an “unwoke church” where he prepares his followers to wage “spiritual warfare.”

Philadelphia’s historic Mother Bethel AME Church vandalized, stained glass windows damaged
CBS News: A historic church in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood is boarded up after being vandalized early Monday morning.

Ex-Catholics in Rome reconnect with roots, spirituality in paganism
Religion News Service: As Romans search for alternatives to Catholicism, some have turned to Jupiter, Minerva and Juno.

The Spark

How to have more meaningful conversations
All of us, at times, achieve moments of supercommunication, TIME says. But there are some people who are supercommunicators much more consistently — they know how to connect with nearly anyone, to make conversations easier, to make us feel like we’ve really been heard.

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