Friday's News & Ideas - 11/2/2018

  • How much security?
  • Too political? Listen to Jesus
  • #ShowUpForShabbat
  • Bible Belt, the 'death belt'
  • Riverside carillonneur, RIP
  • After unspeakable tragedy

In the wake of Pittsburgh, houses of worship ask how much security is enough
Religion News Service: Houses of worship across the country have been "hardening" against the possibility of the arrival of a gun-toting intruder in the middle of worship, whether weekly or, as in the case of many Orthodox synagogues, daily.
CityLab: After the Tree of Life attack, synagogues seek balance between safety and openness
The Conversation: How safe is your place of worship?

Think your pastor's preaching is "too political"? Try listening to Jesus
Baptist News Global: What congregants seem to mean when they ask pastors to "just preach the gospel" is to avoid the things that make them uncomfortable and cause them to leave worship with something less than a warm glow in their hearts, says Mark Wingfield.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Viral video of Pittsburgh pastor screaming at Trump motorcade creates backlash

Jewish leaders encourage Americans of all faiths to #ShowUpForShabbat
NPR: Friday evening marks the first Shabbat since the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre last weekend, and Jewish leaders want Americans of all faiths to come and send, "a resounding message that love triumphs over hate."

Christians can't allow the Bible Belt to be the 'death belt'
Religion News Service: The fact is, the death penalty wouldn't stand a chance in America if it weren't for Christians, Shane Claiborne says. The Bible belt has become a death belt in America.

Dionisio Lind, whose voice was a mighty carillon, dies at 87
The New York Times: Dionisio Lind, whose bell ringing was heard but not seen by generations of New Yorkers who harkened to the pealing from carillons at two majestic Manhattan churches, died last month.

The Spark

In the wake of tragedy, make a difference where you are
How to respond to unspeakable tragedy? Elisha Wiesel, son of the late Jewish writer, activist and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, addressed that question at a community vigil last Sunday in remarks later reprinted at Religion News Service. "And I think to myself: How would my father respond?"

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