Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/11/2019

  • Rise in religious activism
  • Faith-based support of police
  • SBC’s slaveholder gavel
  • Revival of outdoor worship
  • Religious left
  • Public opinion on BLM

After George Floyd’s death, a groundswell of religious activism
Reuters: George Floyd’s death has triggered a groundswell of outrage and activism by religious leaders and faith-based groups across the United States, reminiscent of what occurred during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

More Christians are saying black lives matter. But faith-based support for the police runs deep
Deseret News: Numerous Christian leaders have shared their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.
GEN: What activists mean when they say defund the police

Retire gavel named for slaveholder, Southern Baptist President J.D. Greear says
Religion News Service: For most of their history, Southern Baptists have opened their meetings with a gavel named for a slaveholder.

Are religious communities reviving the revival? In the US, outdoor worship has a long tradition
The Conversation: Religious communities have been forced to find alternative ways to worship together during the coronavirus pandemic. For some that has meant going online, but others have turned to outdoor worship.

Is there a religious left?*
The New Yorker: Why progressive activism rooted in faith is so often misconstrued.

The Spark

How public opinion has moved on Black Lives Matter
In the last two weeks, American voters’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement increased* almost as much as it had in the preceding two years, The New York Times says.

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