Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/30/2020

  • SCOTUS rejects abortion restrictions
  • Black faith leaders battle COVID
  • Composer accused of abuse
  • Texas church choir sings for Pence
  • Why do you believe in diversity?
  • Building reuse protects environment

Split high court throws out Louisiana abortion clinic limit
AP: Chief Justice John Roberts and his four more liberal colleagues ruled that a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates abortion rights the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
The Atlantic: What the Supreme Court’s abortion decision means
Christianity Today: Supreme Court rejects Louisiana abortion regulations
Catholic leaders denounce court’s rejection of federal death penalty appeal

The Black faith leaders on the forefront of public health crises
Sojourners: Because of the impact of the pandemic within communities of color, many Black faith leaders feel called to lead a response to COVID-19. By leaning into the strengths inherent in the Black church, these leaders feel prepared for the challenges ahead.

We need to talk about David Haas
National Catholic Reporter: The sexual abuse allegations against composer David Haas have stunned the progressive Catholic world and are reminiscent of reports about Jean Vanier, the venerated founder of the L'Arche community.

Texas megachurch defends having choir of over 100 sing in front of Mike Pence
HuffPost: The choir performed indoors even though health experts have warned that COVID-19’s spread can be augmented by singing.

Do your employees know why you believe in diversity?
Harvard Business Review: An expert offers some suggestions for how your team can meaningfully communicate and execute your commitment to anti-bias and dismantling racism.

The Spark

The future of architecture? The buildings we already have
Renovating existing buildings is a crucial way to protect the environment, and a new book of photographs shows examples of adaptive reuse -- including those serving underrepresented communities.

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