Wednesday's News & Ideas - 9/4/2019

  • McCarrick in Kansas
  • Instagram apostasy
  • Dylan’s Christian music
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Alison Cheek dies at 92
  • Solnit on change

Theodore McCarrick still won’t confess
Slate: Banished in the dead of night to a mistrustful Kansas town after sexual abuse allegations, the defrocked archbishop of D.C. speaks publicly for the first time since his fall from grace.

Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’
Religion News Service: Deconstructing or denouncing one’s faith isn’t new -- what’s new is it’s happening on social media.

Bob Dylan's overlooked Christian music
Sojourners: Dylan’s Christianity had less in common with Jesse Jackson’s and had more in common with Jerry Falwell’s.

The gospel according to Marianne Williamson*
New York Times: Do spirituality and self-help have a political constituency?

The Rev. Alison Cheek, first female Episcopal priest to celebrate Eucharist, dies at 92
Episcopal News Service: Cheek and 10 other women were ordained at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia on July 29, 1974, two years before the ordination of women was officially authorized by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

The Spark

How change happens
“If you think you’re woke, it’s because someone woke you up,” writes Rebecca Solnit at Literary Hub.

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