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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 4/10/2024

  • Arizona abortion ban
  • Elections & religious trauma
  • Religion & transgender inclusion
  • UMC fossil fuels divestment debate
  • Anne Lamott on making peace with death
  • Turning malls into housing

What we know about the Arizona abortion ban*
The New York Times: The state’s highest court upheld an 1864 law that bans nearly all abortions. Here’s what to know about the ruling.

For Christians raised in ‘high-control’ settings, elections may trigger religious trauma
Religion News Service: “Our bodies recognize that we’re being activated and pushed into trauma responses and that the same abusive techniques are being used on us,” said author Tia Levings.

Transgender inclusion? World’s major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people
Associated Press: Around the world, major religions have diverse approaches to gender identity, and the inclusion or exclusion of transgender people.

UMC fossil fuels divestment debate returns*
The Christian Century: Should United Methodist institutions divest of fossil fuel company stocks as a matter of Christian principle? Or is the faithful path to remain engaged and lean on companies to do more about global warming?

Tide in, tide out: Anne Lamott on growing old and making peace with death
Lit Hub: “The tide comes in, the tide goes out, and when you are older, around the time when you stop feeling like you’ve crawled into somebody else’s shell, old friends begin to die with appalling regularity.”

The Spark

America is full of abandoned malls. What if we turned them into housing? 
Converting malls could create hundreds of thousands of badly needed homes, says Vox.

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