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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 7/5/2021

  • SPU sit-in plans lawsuit
  • Sacred spaces & revenue
  • German Christians less than half
  • Islamic prayer call in Minneapolis
  • SCOTUS shakes constitutional law
  • The first Black astronaut that wasn’t

Students at Seattle Pacific University end sit-in, plan to sue over LGBTQ exclusion
Religion News Service: As of Saturday afternoon, students had raised more than $35,000 through GoFundMe to cover legal fees.

Innovation can convert ‘sacred spaces’ to congregational revenue, church leaders testify
Baptist News Global: Church property and facilities — often financial liabilities for small congregations — can provide vital revenue streams, participants at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s 2022 General Assembly learned.

German leaders see crisis as Catholics resign from the church
National Catholic Reporter: For the first time in the history of Germany, less than half the German population registered as members of one of the country’s two large churches, Catholic and Protestant.

Islamic call to prayer shows Muslims ‘belong’ in Minneapolis
Al Jazeera: US city recently passed a resolution allowing public broadcasting of the adhan all year round.

Supreme Court shakes nation to core, has no plans to ease up
Associated Press: “This has been a revolutionary term,” said University of Texas Law Professor Tara Leigh Grove. “The court has massively changed constitutional law."

The Spark

Ed Dwight was in line to be the first Black astronaut. History had other ideas
In an attempt to counter the Soviets and to increase support for the space race among Black Americans, some began urging the administration to send a Black person to space, NPR says.

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