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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/20/2021

  • Christian schools growing?
  • Ireland’s churches cooperate
  • RCA moving to restructure
  • Black social capital
  • Zacharias’ daughter exits RZIM
  • Women scribes behind medieval texts

Amid pandemic turmoil and curriculum fights, a boom for Christian schools*
The New York Times: With public schools on the defensive, is this a blip or a ‘once-in-100-year moment for the growth of Christian education’?

A century after partition, Ireland’s churches are cooperating more closely than ever
The Conversation: Despite a history of sectarian strife, cooperation between the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches in Ireland has deepened in recent years, with the churches increasingly speaking with one voice on important social and political issues.

The Reformed Church in America moves toward restructuring, prepares for departures
Religion News Service: The decisions follow decades of debate over LGBTQ ordination and same-sex marriage.

Social capital in Black communities is often overlooked
Scientific American: Altruism, spirituality and civic engagement are keys to resilience

Ravi Zacharias’s daughter steps down to launch new ministry
Christianity Today: Exit appears to mark end of internal struggle over RZIM culture review.

The Spark

The unheralded women scribes who brought medieval manuscripts to life
A new book by scholar Mary Wellesley spotlights the anonymous artisans behind Europe’s richly illuminated volumes, Smithsonian Magazine says.

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