Election turmoil splits West Virginia city’s evangelicals.
What is the role of evangelical Christianity in America’s divisive politics? (Religion News Service)
Black church important antidote to social despair caused by white supremacy.
The Black church in America plays a crucial role in empowering its congregants amid the reality of white supremacy that causes a growing number of Black Americans to feel insecure, new research finds. (Baptist News Global)
Henry Louis Gates’ new book and TV series distills centuries of Black church history.
The history of Black Christianity in America will come to television screens this month in a documentary series based on a new book by Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., a Harvard University historian who is simultaneously an admirer and a critic of its influential role in American society. (Religion News Service)
This Lent, give up mixing faith with political terrorism.
We must be exceptionally clear that terrorism is an affront to Christian faith. That will be my Lenten practice. (Religion News Service)
Rebuilding refugee resettlement to make it better than it was under Trump—or Obama.
“The last four years were incredibly hard. But we also know that the system was not perfect four years ago.” (Christian Century)
As bullets and threats fly, Myanmar protesters proudly hold the line.
In a matter of days, protests against the military coup in Myanmar had swelled to hundreds of thousands of people, from a few dozen. Students, laborers, doctors and professionals had gathered in droves to proudly defend democratic ideals in their country, even as the police fired into crowds, sometimes using live ammunition and sometimes rubber bullets, and deployed water cannons and tear gas. (The New York Times)
What we’re learning about ministry in times of crisis.
What is this pandemic revealing about inequities and injustices in U.S. society? What is it unveiling about the church? What good and evil is it unfolding? What hope is to be found in these times? (Baptist News Global)
It's not just you. A lot of us are hitting a pandemic wall right now.
Within the past couple of weeks, many of us have been slammed with major pandemic fatigue. We’re burnt out. We’re expected to be productive at work or to parent (or often both) as though we haven’t been living in hell for the last year. The winter has been bleak and could potentially get bleaker. And even though the vaccines are bringing us some much-needed hope, our feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness are swallowing any positive emotions whole. (The Huffington Post)
What If We Never Reach Herd Immunity?
We likely won’t cross the threshold of herd immunity. We won’t have zero COVID-19 in the U.S. And global eradication is basically a pipe dream. But life with the coronavirus will look a lot more normal. (The Atlantic)
The pandemic is heading toward a strange in-between time.
The promise of summer vaccinations means that Americans can confidently plan for the end of the pandemic. The crisis is softening now, and America could crush it by autumn. What happens in between? The pandemic’s medium-term future remains the biggest outstanding question: March to May is the mystery. (The Atlantic)
The (im)morality of line-jumping to get COVID-19 vaccines.
Driven by “selfishness and fear,” many Americans are jumping the vaccination line with an elbows-out, I-deserve-it-more attitude. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)