Wednesday's News & Ideas - 4/10/2019

  • #Exvangelical
  • Emotion of dying church
  • Empathy key to civilization
  • La. church fires
  • Moody's new president
  • Revelations at Ailey School

The rise of #exvangelical
Religion & Politics: Recently, those who have left evangelicalism have begun organizing themselves online under the hashtag #exvangelical.

Will your church be alive in ten years?
National Catholic Reporter: Ken Briggs revisits the stats on dying churches and reflects on the emotion of decline, "The death of a congregation is unsearchable. It affects friendships and faith journeys that have existed for decades."

Empathy is the secret ingredient that makes cooperation -- and civilization -- possible
The Conversation: Empathy can act as social glue, increasing cohesiveness and cooperation of human societies.

100 investigators probing La. fires that destroyed three black churches
Religion News Service: About 100 investigators are working to find who is behind a series of church fires that have struck rural areas of Louisiana in recent weeks.
The Hill: NAACP labels Louisiana church fires 'domestic terrorism'

After 'challenging times,' Moody Bible Institute inaugurates new president
Religion News Service: Mark Jobe was installed as the 10th president of the historic institution founded 133 years ago by evangelist D.L. Moody. Jobe shared his vision for MBI -- double its enrollment from 3,000 to 6,000.

The Spark

Dancing Alvin Ailey's revelations in black and brown
Jamila Wilkinson reflects on leaving the Ailey School as a brown, not black, dancer. "How can I perform a story that isn't mine to tell?" she asks in Guernica.

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