Thursday's News & Ideas - 8/13/2020

  • Colleges face financial strain
  • Pastors fear conflict
  • Midlife change of faith
  • Megachurch keeps meeting
  • European buildings’ origins
  • Instagram activism

Catholic colleges face financial strain, campus life changes for fall semester
National Catholic Reporter: U.S. colleges and universities will face unprecedented economic strain and dramatically altered campus life this semester as they impose health and safety measures.

Church conflict during COVID-19 growing worry for pastors, says LifeWay Research
Religion News Service: The report, based on a July survey by LifeWay Research, found that 27% of evangelical and mainline pastors cited maintaining unity and addressing conflict and complaints when asked about the pressure points they are feeling most.

How to navigate a midlife change of faith*
The Atlantic: When we think of our identities as fixed and unchanging -- I am this kind of person; I am not that kind of person -- we’re shutting ourselves off from many of life’s possibilities.

California church defies public health orders, holds indoor services for thousands with no social distancing
CNN: In holding church, MacArthur is betting on divine protection in a pandemic hotspot. Los Angeles County is reporting 1,500-2,000 new Covid-19 infections a day.

Looted landmarks: How Notre-Dame, Big Ben and St Mark’s were stolen from the east
The Guardian: The designs of Europe’s greatest buildings were plundered from the Islamic world -- twin towers, rose windows, vaulted ceilings and all.

The Spark

How social justice slideshows took over Instagram
PowerPoint activism is everywhere on Instagram, Vox says. Why do these posts look so familiar?

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