Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/23/2020

  • Business of Christian publishing
  • ‘Racialized policing’ program
  • Saudi Arabia limits hajj
  • Funeral at Ebenezer Baptist
  • UMC’s ‘Dismantling Racism Initiative’
  • A mother’s dreams for a son

The big business of evangelical Christian publishing*
Christian Century: Daniel Vaca details the marriage of missionary zeal and financial reward in Christian publishing.

‘Racialized policing’ program takes faith leaders from grief to action
Religion News Service: A predominantly Black but diverse group of clergy and lay people spent the last nine months in a pilot program exploring how theology applies to issues of police violence and criminal justice.

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus
Associated Press: Saudi Arabia said Monday that this year's hajj will not be canceled, but that due to the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the major Muslim pilgrimage.

Rayshard Brooks' funeral will be held at church where MLK once preached after hundreds attend viewing
CNN: A four-hour public viewing concluded Monday evening at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. served as a co-pastor from 1960 until his assassination in 1968.

Methodist Church’s ‘Dismantling Racism Initiative’ excludes some Black lives
Religion Dispatches: Does the Council of Bishops not yet recognize that, included among the very Black lives they now declare matter, are members of the LGBTQ community?

The Spark

My mother’s dreams for her son, and all Black children
She longed for black people in America not to be forever refugees,* Hilton Als writes at The New Yorker -- confined by borders that they did not create and by a penal system that killed them before they died.

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