Tuesday's News & Ideas - 1/5/2021

  • Senate race & Black church
  • Faith in 117th Congress
  • Italy’s Protestants helping Syrians
  • Church’s food distribution
  • DC churches prepare for marches
  • Wave pattern personalities

Senate race thrusts ‘Black America’s church’ into spotlight
Associated Press: A high-stakes Senate race and a Trump-era cultural debate has thrust Ebenezer Baptist Church into the center of the current political debate.

Faith on the Hill
Pew Research: The religious composition of the 117th Congress

Protestant church that found refuge in Italy’s hills helps Syrians do the same*
The New York Times: Mindful of a history of persecution, members of the Waldensian Church have been at the forefront of a push to bring refugees from Syria to Italy.

What one Utah church did to help its community during a year of economic hardship
Deseret News: During a year of economic hardship and need, The Point Church in Kearns was one of many in Utah that organized service projects and formed partnerships to serve the community, primarily through food distribution, according to Lead Pastor Corey J. Hodges.

D.C. houses of worship beef up security as Trump defenders descend on the nation’s capital*
The Washington Post: D.C. police on Monday said they were putting special focus on houses of worship this week as supporters of President Trump who want to overturn his loss return to the city.

The Spark

What wave patterns can tell us about our personalities
Camilla Pang writes at Lit Hub about high- and low-amplitude people.

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