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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 1/12/2022

  • Vaccination is moral
  • Understanding drug use
  • Sabbath closures?
  • Influencing patriarchal faith
  • Indigenous sacred sites
  • Southern fictions

Pope suggests getting COVID vaccine is a ‘moral obligation’
Associated Press: Pope Francis lamented that ideological divides were discouraging people from getting vaccinated.

What Christians get wrong about drug use
Sojourners: More than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in the 12-month period ending in April 2021 — a 28.5 percent increase over the previous year. With this tragic loss of human life, it would be easy to believe that the drugs themselves are evil.

Could Sabbath closure laws make a comeback?
Deseret News: Here’s why some political commentators and legal scholars are tweeting their support for taking a Sabbath.

Women are finding new ways to influence male-led faiths
The Conversation: Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal.

How Ohio’s Indigenous sacred sites became a religious flashpoint
National Catholic Reporter: Southern Ohio is home to more than 70 earthworks constructed by the Indigenous Adena and Hopewell cultures.

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The real places that gave rise to Southern fictions
Tema Stauffer’s photographs* explore how the experience of going somewhere is shaped by your expectations of what you will find, The New Yorker says.

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