Thursday's News & Ideas - 8/18/2022
- CA church won’t pay COVID-19 fines
- UMC split is a mistake
- Jordan River’s decline
- Pope’s public wheelchair use
- Evangelical women & seminary
- Products can ‘predict’ the economy
California appeals court rejects COVID-19 fines for church
ABC News: A California appeals court says a church that defied safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic by holding large religious services won’t have to pay about $200,000 in fines.
The United Methodist divorce is a mistake*
Christian Century: “Caucusing is easy; church is hard,” writes Will Willimon.
Mideast’s Jordan River: Rich in holiness, poor in water
Associated Press: Symbolically and spiritually, the river is of mighty significance to many. Physically, the Lower Jordan River of today is a lot more meager than mighty.
Disabled Catholics praise pope’s example in publicly using a wheelchair
National Catholic Reporter: The pope’s public use of mobility aids has tapped into disabled Catholics’ dreams of greater inclusion.
A seminary room of her own
Christianity Today: Historically, evangelicals have been ahead of the curve in women’s education and also way behind it.
How lipstick and underwear can predict the economy
The Washington Post shares some less-intuitive markers,* from lipstick sales to swipes on dating apps, that might qualify as economic tea leaves.
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