Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/24/2020

  • Faith leaders critique Breonna Taylor charges
  • 'Godless religion' on the rise
  • Lean on major donors now
  • Texas UMC supports changing logo
  • Conspiracy and the Christian imagination
  • Monarch butterflies on the move

‘Really insufficient’: No officers indicted in killing of Breonna Taylor
Sojourners: Faith leaders critiqued the jury's decision for failing to indict all three officers and for failing to charge anyone for murder.

The new godless religions: An interview with Tara Isabella Burton
Religion & Politics: The author of a new book argues that the trend of secularization is misunderstood, describing a “kind of mix-and-match mentality, this anti-institutionalism, and desire to remake one’s own religious life in a more individualized way.”

In a K-shaped recovery, nonprofits should lean on major donors
Harvard Business Review: Is it realistic to expect a stream of charitable contributions in the midst of the worst economic situation since the Great Depression? Absolutely -- if you approach the right people. A small but significant portion of the population is doing just fine, thank you.

Texas United Methodists take up call to replace denomination’s logo over association with racist imagery
Religion News Service: One of the United Methodist Church’s regional conferences has taken up the call to replace the denomination’s logo because of its association for many with the racist imagery of a burning cross.

Attraction to COVID-19 conspiracy theories can be traced to the Christian apocalyptic imagination
Religion Dispatches: Conspiracy-theory thinking is a traditional hallmark of the Western apocalyptic worldview itself, including especially the kind of paranoid imagination that drives -- and is driven by -- the biblical book of Revelation, argues a scholar.

The Spark

Monarch butterflies’ spectacular migration is at risk -- an ambitious new plan aims to help save it
One of nature’s epic events is underway: Monarch butterflies’ fall migration. The butterflies travel up to 2,500 miles to cluster in Mexico or along the Pacific Coast. A new plan, announced in the spring of 2020, is designed to help protect monarch habitat.

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