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Thursday's News & Ideas - 4/18/2024

  • Haynes resigns from PUSH
  • Columbia president and Congress
  • Faith and politics survey
  • New Episcopal Church nonprofit
  • Ukrainian-language Haggadah
  • Guaranteed income program

Frederick D. Haynes resigns abruptly as leader of Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Religion News Service: Haynes, the pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, had been in the role at Rainbow PUSH for less than a year.

Columbia president holds her own under congressional grilling over campus antisemitism that felled the leaders of Harvard and Penn
The Conversation: Lawmakers grilled Columbia University President Minouche Shafik and three colleagues over antisemitism on college campuses.

Who’s an evangelical? New poll finds Southern Baptists separating from Christian nationalists on some points
Baptist News Global: The question of whether Southern Baptists should be counted among the nation’s conservative evangelicals is not a new one, but it is up for debate again thanks to results from a new Lifeway Research survey on faith and politics.

Episcopal Church’s presiding officers sign documents to create Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice
Episcopal News Service: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris, The Episcopal Church’s two presiding officers, signed documentation on April 17 to create the new Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice as an independent nonprofit incorporated in New York.

In time for Passover, the first Ukrainian-language Haggadah goes to print 
Religion News Service: ‘It is a symbol of how we’ve manifested as Ukrainian Jews, that we are something different, not just Soviet Jews anymore,’ said the translator of the Passover liturgy.

The Spark

How a $500 monthly stipend for families impacted children’s grades and parents’ sense of self
Participation by 130 single caregivers in a guaranteed income program resulted in increased financial stability — but it also made space for parenting and quality time, The 19th says.

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