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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/11/2023

  • Building peace in Israel & Palestine
  • Why Al-Aqsa is a sensitive site
  • PPP loans helped ministries survive
  • Study: Is religion good for you?
  • Religious charter school in OK
  • Panoramic photo awards

What Christian peace building looks like in Israel and Palestine
Sojourners: Rev. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, spoke with Sojourners about her conversations with both Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, U.S. Christian support for Israel’s government and the need for constructive dialogue alongside action.

Why Al-Aqsa remains a sensitive site in Palestine-Israel conflict
The Conversation: Al-Aqsa has deep religious significance for Muslims around the world. But it is also important to highlight its remarkable political relevance for Palestinians. These two facts make it a focal point for conflict.

Billions in federal aid helped Christian orgs survive the pandemic*
Christianity Today: A CT analysis of federal data shows that ministries received about $7 billion in forgiven PPP loans, with about a third of U.S. churches receiving funding.

Is religion good for you? The answer is complicated, new global Gallup report finds.
Religion News Service: A review of 10 years of global polling looks at the complicated connection between spirituality and health.

Oklahoma board moves forward with nation’s first religious charter school*
The Washington Post: A state board in Oklahoma approved a contract with St. Isidore of Seville Virtual Charter School, bringing the institution one step closer to becoming the first publicly-funded religious charter school in the nation.

The Spark

View this year’s panoramic photo award winners
The Atlantic shares some of the top-scoring panoramic photos* entered in the 14th Epson International Pano Awards.

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