Wednesday's News & Ideas - 9/2/2020

  • Seminaries during pandemic
  • California church accrues fines
  • ‘Special needs’ are ordinary
  • Jewish American voters
  • Faith leaders endorse Biden
  • Writing through grief

Episcopal seminaries adapt to COVID-19’s persistence
Episcopal News Service: As the 2020-21 academic year begins and the coronavirus pandemic continues, the nine U.S.-based Episcopal Church-affiliated seminaries are taking a variety of approaches to safely educating and housing students.

Northern California church accrues thousands of dollars in fees for violating public health orders
Religion News Service: North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara County has so far been fined a total of $25,000 in five notices of violation, a Santa Clara County spokesperson told Religion News Service.

At this church, ‘special needs’ are nothing out of the ordinary
Baptist News Global: For families who have children with special needs, going to church is fraught with additional challenges.

How and why the Jewish American voter might be changing
Deseret News: In the wake of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech from Jerusalem, Jewish Americans reflect on their relationship with the Republican Party: past, present, and future.

500 faith leaders endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the White House
HuffPost: The diverse group of backers includes an evangelical preacher who last voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 1976.

The Spark

On witness and respair: A personal tragedy followed by pandemic
The acclaimed novelist lost her beloved husband -- the father of her children -- as COVID-19 swept across the country. She writes through their story, and her grief* at Vanity Fair.

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