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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 4/16/2024

  • Terrorist attack in Australia
  • Latino churches provide services
  • Pastors leaving over conflict
  • Detroit seminarians to unplug
  • Democrats and Black churches
  • Saving a pastry and community

Australia says Assyrian church stabbing was terrorist act
Reuters: Australian police on Tuesday said a knife attack on an Assyrian church bishop and some followers in Sydney was a terrorist act motivated by suspected religious extremism, as the country reeled from a second stabbing incident in three days.

Latino churches are social service hubs*
The Christian Century: Yet their extensive efforts go largely unseen outside their communities.

More pastors are leaving ministry over church conflict*
Christianity Today: But experts say it can offer opportunities for leaders and congregations to grow.

First-year seminarians will unplug from technology starting in fall at Detroit seminary
Catholic News Agency: Starting in the fall, seminarians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit are going to have more prayer time and less screen time.

Have the Democrats lost the Black church?
Religion Unplugged: One of the most important components of the Democratic coalition is the Black church.

The Spark

Saving the Scio kolache
A local take on a Czech pastry is fading along with the community that birthed it, says Atlas Obscura. 

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