News & Ideas

Thursday's News & Ideas - 8/11/2022

  • Church reproduced ‘Hamilton’
  • Suspect in NM shootings detained
  • Churches forgiving medical debt
  • Interreligious friendships in Partition
  • The mother of Israel
  • Secret agent Josephine Baker

‘Hamilton’ team protests after church production adds Christian themes*
The New York Times: A church in Texas changed several lyrics in its unauthorized staging of the megahit musical, softening language and inserting religious messages.
Religion Dispatches: Despite vastly different values, evangelical ‘Hamilton’ connects secular left and Christian right

Fear turns to shock among Albuquerque Muslims as police say the shooter is a Muslim
NPR: The suspect is well-known to the Muslim community in Albuquerque, multiple people told NPR. He regularly came to the same mosque that the victims had attended.

Churches are forgiving medical debt for pennies. Yours can too.
Sojourners: At First Presbyterian Church, in Durham, NC, forgiving medical debt is about more than helping those in need. It’s about paying back a different kind of debt — one deeply rooted in the history of their region, and the nation.

Preserving stories of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh friendships through India’s Partition
Religion News Service: Descendants of those who experienced the Partition of Punjab in 1947 come together to share stories of interfaith collaboration after 75 years of religious animosity in India and Pakistan.

Who is the mother of Israel?*
Christian Century: In the Hebrew Bible, God’s love is maternal.

The Spark

Josephine Baker was the star France wanted — and the spy it needed
When the night-club sensation became a Resistance agent,* the Nazis never realized what she was hiding in the spotlight, The New Yorker says.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers



Want to get News & Ideas in your inbox every weekday?
Subscribe to our 
News & Ideas newsletter or receive our RSS feed in your RSS reader.

Most recent News & Ideas

Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/27/2022

  • Catholic bishops’ report shows division
  • Bolsonaro’s campaign
  • The godly green lawn
  • Religion behind NA sports
  • Surveillance of anti-porn apps
  • Americans kids & exercise

Monday's News & Ideas - 9/26/2022

  • Southwestern Seminary pres resigns
  • American right’s theological claims
  • Scripture & inclusive congregations
  • National Cathedral raises money
  • HK cardinal goes on trial
  • Long-distance trains

Friday's News & Ideas - 9/23/2022

  • Church after religious trauma
  • Amanpour refuses to wear headscarf
  • COVID restrictions legal, NZ court says
  • Abe killing & ‘excessive’ donations
  • ‘Traditional’ Jewish American food
  • Why adults have school nightmares
Lake Institute logo

Scholarships available for Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving will award 12 half-tuition scholarships to be used for one of the 2023 Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising online cohorts. Applications will be accepted through October 3, 2022.

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) is designed for religious leaders in faith-based organizations and institutions who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles. Typical titles of attendees include: clergy, judicatory executives, development leaders, professionals at faith-based organizations and lay leaders who have some responsibilities with funding or finances. Scholarship criteria include both demonstrated financial need as well as the potential for applying course learnings in your current professional context.

Learn more