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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 11/30/2021

  • What preachers say in crisis
  • Faith communities address abuse
  • Dorothy Day’s anger
  • Donors favor education & religion
  • Baptism is getting wild
  • What we know about Omicron

What preachers have said in times of national crisis*
Christian Century: In a recent book, Melissa Matthes well understands both the political and the religious power of mourning.

‘We can change the air that abusers breathe’: How faith communities are addressing domestic violence
Deseret News: Both religious leaders and their communities need to know what domestic violence looks like and how to best address it, experts say.

How the great Dorothy Day’s anger was an expression of her faith
LitHub: Kaya Oakes on the life and times of the legendary activist.

Charitable gifts from donor-advised funds favor education and religion
The Conversation: Some 29% of total DAF grant dollars funded education-focused nonprofits, and 14% supported churches and other religious organizations.

Horse troughs, hot tubs and hashtags: Baptism is getting wild*
The New York Times: In some evangelical churches, a once-staid ritual is returning to its informal roots — and things sometimes get “a little rowdy” along the way.

The Spark

We know almost nothing about the Omicron variant
What’s known so far absolutely warrants attention — not panic, The Atlantic says.

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