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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 2/7/2024

  • Technology in churches since COVID
  • ‘Decolonize’ UMC?
  • Destruction of Ukraine religious sites
  • Kenya cult leader charged with murder
  • Orthodox radio & women deacons
  • The Earth is literally greener

Yes, technology has become more critical for U.S. churches since pandemic
Baptist News Global: The outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 prompted lasting changes in the ways U.S. religious groups use technology in congregational life, according to a new study by Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

Legislation aims to ‘decolonize’ United Methodists, give parity to non-US conferences
Religion News Service: A proposed regionalization plan would undo the dominance and control of the US church and make it on par with United Methodist conferences abroad.

Russia restricts churches in Ukraine. Divided Orthodox critique both.*
Christianity Today: Ecumenical Ukrainian delegation to DC summit tells of Russia’s wartime destruction of 630 religious sites, without the input of Moscow-linked church.

Kenya religious cult leader, 29 others charged with murder of 191 children
Al Jazeera: The 191 children were among the 425 victims found in the Shakahola forest in coastal Kenya last year.

Orthodox Christian radio hosted a panel on female deacons. Then misogyny poured in.
Religion News Service: Far from clarifying the question of women deacons, the episode added fuel to an already incendiary conversation about women’s ordination and the role of women in the church in general.

The Spark

The Earth is getting greener. Is that a good thing?
Humans are literally changing the color of the planet. Scientists are worried, Vox says.

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