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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 1/11/2022

  • Megachurch sells land, goes virtual
  • Gentrification & church housing
  • Polar priest
  • Muslims in interfaith bonds
  • Francis removes archbishop
  • Indigenous scientists

The Potter’s House Denver sells property, goes virtual
Christianity Today: The congregation in T. D. Jakes’s network is one of the biggest to shutter its doors due to COVID-19 constraints.

A historic Black church says D.C. is trying to push it out of Shaw. The church’s tenants say it’s a slum lord.*
The Washington Post: Both the church and the residents contend they are victims of gentrification.

Polar priest: The church in the world’s northernmost town
The Guardian: The world’s northernmost priest runs the Svalbard Church in Longyearbyen, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Pastor Siv Limstrand is the community’s guiding figure as it looks to an uncertain future in the face of economic shifts and the effects of climate change

Muslims in interfaith bonds are proliferating. Imams willing to marry them are not.
Religion News Service: One out of five Muslims is in an interfaith relationship, surveys suggest. But few imams are willing to conform the traditional Muslim wedding ceremony to their needs, couples say.

Pope Francis removes archbishop tied to document barring same-sex blessings
Associated Press: Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was widely seen as being behind the March 2021 document that outraged the gay community, which Francis has made pains to welcome into the church fold.

The Spark

Want to know how to save nature? Ask Indigenous scientists.
Nature conservation needs a transformation, environmental scientist Jessica Hernandez says to Vox.

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