Tuesday's News & Ideas - 12/15/2020

  • Catholics & COVID vaccine
  • Lamar speaks on church attack
  • Anti-Semitic attack
  • Moore condemns ‘Trumpism’
  • Family boundaries
  • 900 acts of kindness

U.S. Catholic bishops: Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an ‘act of charity’*
Catholic News Service: The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently serious” reasons to accept the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine and pro-life committees said Dec. 14.

Pastor of Black church defaced in protests: ‘An assault on our historical resolve’
NPR: To these displays of hate and violence, William H. Lamar IV, the pastor at Metropolitan AME Church, took a long view.

Man shouting slurs injures 1 during Hanukkah celebration
Associated Press: A man shouting anti-Semitic slurs from an SUV ran over a member of a Jewish organization as a crowd gathered this weekend to light a menorah, authorities said.

Beth Moore’s condemnation of ‘Trumpism’ is a watershed moment
Relevant: Author and preacher Beth Moore took to Twitter and flipped the narrative on this weekend’s “Stop the Steal” rally. 

'Tis the season for family boundaries
Sojourners: Here are four practical reflections that have helped Jes Kast navigate discomfort in difficult relationships. She hopes they serve as tools for you as you discern your boundaries with people you care about.

The Spark

A chain of 900 strangers bought one another’s meals at a Dairy Queen drive-through
It started with an older gentleman who pulled up to the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill drive-through window in Brainerd, Minn., at the height of the lunch hour on a Thursday. In the end, it spanned more than 900 cars* over 2½ days, according to The Washington Post.

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