Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/8/2020

  • Texas pastor & COVID-19
  • White Christians on police killings
  • Philanthropy benefits super-rich
  • Are masks a religious issue?
  • Pope to make first trip since March
  • Living through grief

Texas pastor knew he was vulnerable to COVID-19. But he felt at peace.
NBC News: “He would say -- and it came from such an authentic place -- that his hope was in Christ and resurrection,” the Rev. Jaime McGlothlin said.

Majority of White Christians see no pattern in killings*
Christian Century: During a summer punctuated by White police officers gunning down Black body after Black body, PRRI found that most White Christians -- across denominations -- continued to see such shootings as isolated incidents.

How philanthropy benefits the super-rich
The Guardian: There are more philanthropists than ever before. Each year they give tens of billions to charitable causes. So how come inequality keeps rising?

Why masks are a religious issue
The Conversation: Seemingly everyone has an opinion on masks: when to wear them, how to wear them, which ones are best and even whether we should be wearing them at all.

Pope set to make first trip since pandemic to Assisi
Associated Press: Pope Francis is next month set to make what would be his first visit outside Rome since Italy was put under lockdown in early March when it became the first country in Europe to feel the full brunt of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spark

Holding it together, falling apart
Matt Salesses writes for LitHub on living through grief, both collective and personal.

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