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

  • Welcoming Afghan refugees
  • Chaplain killed on 9/11
  • Rosh Hashanah 2021
  • Premodern attitudes on abortion
  • Unity on climate crisis
  • “The wise, too, shed tears”

Americans stretch across political divides to welcome Afghan refugees*
The New York Times: “Even the most right-leaning isolationists” are coming forward to help those fleeing Afghanistan, a pastor said. A mass mobilization is underway.

Admirers still urging sainthood for chaplain killed on 9/11
Associated Press: Among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 terror attacks, Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with New York’s fire department, left a uniquely complex legacy that continues to evolve 20 years after his death.

Pandemic has been a spiritual boon for some, and Rosh Hashanah 2021 shows what’s changed
The Washington Post: For some Jews, the arrival this month of another Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — the second time these holidays have been observed during the pandemic ― offers concrete evidence that this period has changed them.
Deseret News: Rosh Hashana: A spiritual and practical guide to the Jewish New Year

Pre-modern Christian attitudes on marriage and reproductive rights were quite different
The Conversation: It is true that Christian leaders, virtually all male, have largely condemned abortion. Nonetheless, there are messier realities that this statement conceals.

Christian leaders unite to issue stark warning over climate crisis
The Guardian: Archbishop of Canterbury, pope and leader of Orthodox church ask for people’s prayers ahead of global environment summit.

The Spark

“The wise, too, shed tears”
One of the greatest satisfactions in the history of philosophy is the inconsistency, even the hypocrisy, of the Stoics, Liberties Journal says.

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