Tuesday's News & Ideas - 5/25/2021

  • Herd immunity & faith groups
  • Chicago priest Pfleger reinstated
  • Antisemitic attacks rise
  • Religion key topic for moms
  • Beautiful church buildings
  • Gender in celebrity memoirs

The path to herd immunity runs through America’s faith communities
Religion News Service: Residents of many of the most vaccine-hesitant areas in the United States turn out to be remarkably receptive to faith-based interventions.

Chicago priest Pfleger reinstated after abuse investigation
Associated Press: Nationally known activist Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger will be reinstated as the leader of his parish after an investigation found “insufficient reason to suspect” he sexually abused children, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced Monday.

Jewish American groups appeal to Biden White House after string of antisemitic attacks related to Israel*
The Washington Post: Several of the most prominent U.S. Jewish organizations appealed Friday to the Biden White House to take measures to combat antisemitism after a string of attacks on Jews across the country related to the Mideast conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Survey: Religion a key topic for many millennial moms during pandemic
Presbyterian Outlook: Religion was an important topic of conversation between mothers and their children during the pandemic, according to an annual “State of Motherhood” survey from Motherly, a website focused on millennial motherhood.

What is a beautiful church building for?*
Christian Century: What bad sermons made bland, our sanctuary made sweet.

The Spark

Judge a book not by its gender
At Longreads, Lisa Whittington-Hill suggests there’s a distinct gender bias in celebrity memoirs. Where female celebrities are expected to expose all, male writers get to write about whatever they want.

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