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Thursday's News & Ideas - 5/25/2023

  • TX chaplain bill passes
  • Surgeon general’s social media warning
  • Pentecost & leadership
  • Sabbath documentary
  • Pope’s Ukraine mediator
  • Remembering Tina Turner

Texas lawmakers approve bill to allow school districts to replace counselors with chaplains*
The Washington Post: The Texas House of Representatives Wednesday gave final approval to a bill to allow uncertified chaplains in public schools, including to replace professional counselors, the last step before the measure is signed into law.
Religion News Service: Meet the activists who spearheaded the Texas chaplains bill

Surgeon general warns that social media may harm children and adolescents*
The New York Times: The report by Dr. Vivek Murthy cited a “profound risk of harm” to adolescent mental health and urged families to set limits and governments to set tougher standards for use.

O for a thousand tongues of fire*
Christianity Today: The Spirit’s descent at Pentecost is a model for diverse and distributed leadership.

A new documentary takes a deep dive into the ancient and modern practice of Sabbath
Religion News Service: Martin Doblmeier’s latest documentary takes viewers to various religious communities to illustrate their Sabbath practices.

Pope’s designated mediator on Ukraine has history as a peace-maker
Crux: Cardinal Matteo Zuppi’s new mission as the pope’s designated trouble-shooter for Ukraine, confirmed by the Vatican over the weekend, not only raises the Italian prelate’s profile as a possible papal candidate, but it also puts a spotlight on his past success as a mediator.

The Spark

Celebrities and the White House pay tribute to Tina Turner
News of Tina Turner’s death reverberated throughout social media, with various celebrities and the White House reacting to the news by sending their condolences, says NPR.

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