News & Ideas

Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/16/2021

  • Vaccine religious exemptions grow
  • More evangelicals than exvangelicals?
  • What CRT panic is really about
  • Yom Kippur and hand-washing
  • Pope has never denied Communion
  • The problem of productivity culture

As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow
Associated Press: Religious objections, once used sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot.
The Conversation: What’s the law on vaccine exemptions? A religious liberty expert explains

‘Political evangelicals’? More Trump supporters adopt the label
Christianity Today: Surveys show evangelical identity holding steady over the last presidency, but with more complicated partisan connotations for the church.
Pew Research: More White Americans adopted than shed evangelical label during Trump presidency, especially his supporters

What the critical race theory panic was really about (and the data to prove it)*
Slate: Reporters found that the districts hosting some of the most combative debates over diversity and inclusion initiatives — including just teaching about racism — have seen a steady increase in students of color attending their schools.

This Yom Kippur, many Jews will wash their hands of a certain injunction
Religion News Service: On Yom Kippur, the Jewish calendar’s most sacred day, many Jews adhere to centuries-old rabbinic mandates curbing hand-washing. During a pandemic, the rule butts up against public health advice.

Pope Francis says he has never denied Communion, warns against politicizing Eucharist
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis said the question of whether pro-choice Catholic politicians should receive Communion is “pastoral” and warned against bishops and priests who wade into politics.

The Spark

The frustration with productivity culture
The problem is not productivity,* per se, but the manner in which we seek to increase it, says The New Yorker.

*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

Friday's News & Ideas - 10/22/2021

  • Reach Gen Z on the streets
  • Very few anti-vax pastors
  • Post-evangelicals
  • Approving religious exemptions
  • Female Afghan judges
  • Spanish radio & misinformation

Thursday's News & Ideas - 10/21/2021

  • Can anyone lead the SBC?
  • Navigating interfaith marriage
  • Christianity & fascism
  • Non-Christian employee holidays
  • Church of Apostles in Bethsaida
  • Indigenous public radio

Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/20/2021

  • Christian schools growing?
  • Ireland’s churches cooperate
  • RCA moving to restructure
  • Black social capital
  • Zacharias’ daughter exits RZIM
  • Women scribes behind medieval texts
In Trust logo

Register for InTrust webinar on charitable giving and faith-based organizations

Join fundraising expert Carla Maxwell Ray, Senior Generosity Strategist at Generis, as she breaks down data from The Giving Institute at the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy and provides insights into what the research shows. She’ll share what religious organizations can do to respond to these trends.

Register