Wednesday's News & Ideas - 5/13/2020

  • Choir singer infected 52
  • Changed calling of seminarians
  • Little Richard & religion
  • Some of the Catholic leaders lost
  • Anti-Semitism at record level
  • Hacker who saved the world

One ill choir singer infected 52 others with coronavirus: Study
Associated Press: Disease trackers say a choir practice in Washington state illustrates how easily the virus can pass from person to person.

For seminary students, pandemic brings change and questions of calling
Sojourners: While the pandemic has strained students from all academic disciplines, seminary and divinity students have felt unique pressure as they discern calls to enter positions and spaces of worship that may not resemble what they did before the virus took hold.

Little Richard: Six examples of how religion played a role in his life
Religion News Service: Little Richard -- the musician known for singing, shouting and flamboyant showmanship -- was more than a little religious at times during his life.
Slate: Little Richard’s music was dangerous, but so is freedom

A look at the lives of priests and women religious lost to the coronavirus*
America: The number of deaths from the virus, which could climb as high as 3,000 per day in the United States by next month, can be overwhelming, and given restrictions on public gatherings, it can be difficult to remember the individuals who have died during this pandemic.

Anti-Semitic incidents reached record level in 2019, Anti-Defamation League says
HuffPost: The surge was marked by deadly attacks on Jews in California, New Jersey and New York last year.

The Spark

The confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the hacker who saved the internet
At 22, Marcus Hutchins* single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI, WIRED says.

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