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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 1/24/2023

  • UMC exodus analyzed
  • Investigating church history
  • Photos from Warsaw ghetto
  • Protests against Israeli government
  • Puss in Boots’ memento mori
  • Books as décor

‘Not a real schism’: Four years later, UMC exodus less a gush, more a trickle
Religion News Service: An analysis of departing churches suggests the country’s second-largest Protestant denomination will be weakened, but it is unlikely to break.

Knowing a church’s history on slavery can be a nudge toward redemption, historians say
Baptist News Global: Baptist Christians must dive fearlessly into the white supremacist and pro-slavery histories of their religion and congregations, Camille Loomis Rehnborg said during a webinar hosted by the Baptist History and Heritage Society.

A firefighter’s 1943 photos of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising have been found
Associated Press: Warsaw’s Jewish history museum on Wednesday presented a group of photographs taken in secret during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, some of which have never been seen before, that were recently discovered in a family collection.

Thousands hit Israel’s streets to protest “scary” new government under Benjamin Netanyahu
CBS News: About 100,000 Israelis took to the streets on Saturday for the third week of demonstrations against the country's new far-right, ultra-religious government.

Puss in Boots’ nine wild and precious lives
Sojourners: While it’s a kids’ movie that follows the adventures of Puss, a swashbuckling cat from the Shrek movie franchise, it’s also a modern-day memento mori in which Death emerges as a main character.

The Spark

Inside the picture perfect — and highly lucrative — business of book styling
Chiara Dello Joio digs into the contradictions of books as décor for LitHub.

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