Friday's News & Ideas - 7/7/2017

  • Trump's Warsaw speech & religion
  • Reformed churches endorse accord
  • More on church attendance & health
  • British Islam's refusal to bow
  • Claremont, Willamette partnership?
  • The weight & risk of pallbearing

The racial and religious paranoia of Trump's Warsaw speech
The Atlantic: When the president says being Western is the essence of America's identity, he's in part defining America in opposition to some of its own people.
The Independent: Donald Trump's speech in Warsaw sought to redefine the West around religion rather than democracy

Reformed churches endorse Catholic-Lutheran accord on key Reformation dispute
Religion News Service: One of Protestantism's leading branches has officially said it now agrees with the Vatican on the main issue at the root of its split from the Roman Catholic Church half a millennium ago.

Attending church is good for your health. Now what?
Religion News Service: Even as the studies pile up and the literature appears close to conclusive, many questions about the association between religious service attendance and health have yet to be answered.

I applaud British Islam's refusal to bow to the establishment
The (London) Guardian: Giles Fraser is not asked to demonstrate that he is not a radical, or prove that he is an asset to society. So why, he asks, should Muslims be pressed to do so?

Claremont, Willamette explore partnership
United Methodist News Service: It's going to take some time, but Claremont School of Theology may be packing up and moving to Salem, Oregon, to the campus of another United Methodist-related school, Willamette University.

The Spark

Pallbearing, like life itself, carries weight, risk
Melissa Musick Nussbaum's mother-in-law, who died last month, had asked that her 10 granddaughters bear her body into and out of the church and to her grave. But as Nussbaum writes at The National Catholic Reporter, family members were surprised to discover that honoring that request would be disrespectful and unsafe. "The casket and Grandmom's body, we were told, would be left in the hands of professionals."

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