News & Ideas

Tuesday's News & Ideas - 3/14/2023

  • John Paul II allegation reactions
  • Young people & race in church
  • Why God’s pronouns matter
  • Brooklyn pastor on migrant aid
  • Sport & religion
  • Why daylight saving is hard

John Paul II abuse claims trigger angry reaction from Poland
Associated Press: After a television report accused the former Pope of covering up clergy sex abuse cases in Poland, the country’s Catholic Church called him “one of the greatest Poles.”

Young people flourish where faith leaders see color
Religion News Service: If you ask young people to leave race at home, you might as well tell them to stay home, too.

Why the pronouns used for God matter
The Conversation: With the Church of England considering gender-neutral language to refer to God, a feminist theologian explains how Christianity has historically recognized many pronouns to refer to the divine.

A Brooklyn pastor talks about his church’s efforts to help migrants
NPR: The Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz, pastor of The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd, speaks about local efforts to provide aid to migrants in Brooklyn.

Author and priest Randall Balmer: ‘Sport has eclipsed religion as the US pastime’
The Guardian: In his new book, the scholar examines how religion shaped the history of major sports in North America.

The Spark

Why daylight saving is so hard on the body — and what to do about it
The key to adjusting is to ease into it, Vox says.

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