Wednesday's News & Ideas - 7/8/2020

  • Churches can be COVID hubs
  • $7.3b in PPP loans to religious orgs
  • Price of patriarchy
  • Indigenous scholars on Serra
  • Ortberg church controversy
  • Effects of repeated trauma

Churches were eager to reopen. Now they are a major source of coronavirus cases.*
The New York Times: The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.

Evangelical megachurch with close ties to Trump approved for millions in pandemic aid
HuffPost: Religious organizations -- mostly Christian -- received a total of $7.3 billion in pandemic aid from the Small Business Administration.
Religion News Service: Willow Creek, Life.Church among churches that received millions in PPP loans

The price of white evangelical patriarchy
Religion & Politics: This model of Christian patriarchy seeks to govern the home, the school, the church, and ultimately, the nation.

We have a story to tell: Indigenous scholars, activists speak up amid toppling of Serra statues
Religion News Service: Activists took down the statue of Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan priest who, while credited with spreading the Catholic faith in the West Coast, is also seen as part of an imperial conquest that enslaved Native Americans.

John Ortberg’s church says ‘no evidence of misconduct’ as more details emerge
Christianity Today: Megachurch pastor’s son named as the volunteer who confessed sexual attraction to children.

The Spark

‘It just weighs on your psyche’: Black Americans on mental health, trauma, and resilience
Repeated trauma and stress have real effects on health, both physical and mental, STAT says.

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