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Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/21/2023

  • SBC expels church where pastor did blackface
  • Falwell’s legal battle with Liberty
  • Theology of Sojourner Truth
  • Religious objections to DEI
  • Survey on Catholics & marriage
  • Bob Ross painting sold

Southern Baptists expel Oklahoma church after pastor defends his blackface and Native caricatures
The Associated Press: The Southern Baptist Convention has ousted an Oklahoma church whose pastor defended his blackface performance at one church event and his impersonation of a Native American woman at another.

Jerry Falwell’s legal battle with Liberty University — and his brother — escalates
Religion News Service: In an amended complaint filed in federal court last week, Falwell Jr. alleged several board members diverted university funds to private causes and overlooked sexual misconduct by former leaders.

An unlettered theologian*
The Christian Century: Nancy Koester’s biography captures the remarkable ministry of Sojourner Truth, who could not read or write.

Religious objections to diversity policies spur new legal issues*
Bloomberg: An increasing number of workers are seeking faith-based accommodations with respect to workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion policies, adding an extra wrinkle to an already tricky legal landscape.

Less than a third of Catholics say marriage and kids are ‘very important’ to a fulfilling life*
America: The American public’s views of the family are “complicated” and becoming “more pessimistic than optimistic about the institution of marriage and the family,” according to a new report from Pew Research Center.

The Spark

First Bob Ross TV painting, completed in a half an hour, goes on sale for nearly $10 million
The artist who brought painting to the people, with works completed for PBS viewers in less than a half-hour with little more than a large bristle brush, putty knife and plenty of encouragement, certainly wouldn’t have envisioned one of his works going up for sale for nearly $10 million, The Associated Press says.

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