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Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/22/2021

  • Gen Z minorities & faith communities
  • SBC expels two churches
  • Poll on Christian Nationalism
  • More Catholics in Northern Ireland
  • Leading Catholic historian dies
  • World of fantasy & race

In faith communities, Gen Z minorities struggle to find belonging
Religion News Service: Young BIPOC enter faith communities with certain hopes and expectations for how these communities will support congregants of color.

Southern Baptist Convention breaks with churches over sexuality, alleged discrimination*
The Tennesean: The Southern Baptist Convention broke with two churches on Tuesday over stances on sexuality and alleged discriminatory behavior.

Majority of Republican voters want to make Christianity the official religion
Vice: Many Republican voters are embracing one of Christian nationalism’s central tenets, according to the Politico/University of Maryland poll published Wednesday.

Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for first time
The Guardian: Demographic shift shown in census was expected but will still deliver psychological blow to unionists.

John W. O’Malley, leading Catholic historian, dies at 95*
The New York Times: He wrote groundbreaking histories of the Second Vatican Council, the late medieval church and the Jesuits, of which he was a member.

The Spark

Fantasy has always been about race
The recent controversies around casting non-white actors in shows like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones ignores the fact that race has always been integral to the world of fantasy,* Harper’s Bazaar says.

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