Monday's News & Ideas - 6/5/2017

  • Archbishop condemns religious violence
  • Ariana Grande uplifts in Manchester
  • Trump endorses Muslim travel ban
  • Most in US say religion solves problems
  • CeCe Winans keeps singing
  • 50 lawns in 50 states

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: London attack link to Islam as Christians killing Muslims is linked to Christianity
The Independent: Faith leaders must take responsibility for countering the religious justification for atrocities committed in their name, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in London.
Huffington Post: ‘Terrorism has no religion:’ Muslims across the UK slam London attackers

Manchester uplifted by Ariana Grande's colossal empathy
The Guardian: Some of the victims’ families had bristled at Grande hosting a fundraising concert so soon after the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at one of her concerts last month. But her earnestness and emotional acuity meant that for thousands of people, this was an event that soothed and uplifted.

Trump doubles down on original ‘travel ban’
New York Times: In a series of Twitter posts two days after a terrorist attack in London, Mr. Trump seemed to reject everything his own administration has done to win court approval for restrictions on entry from select Muslim-majority countries.

Majority in US still say religion can answer most problems
Gallup: A slim majority of Americans (55%) say religion can answer all or most of today's problems, according to a new poll. In 1957, 82% of Americans said that religion could answer all or most of the day's problems. As recently as 2002, 66% of U.S. adults expressed the same sentiment. But the measure has declined since then, reaching 51% -- the all-time low -- in May 2015.

With first solo CD in 9 years, CeCe Winans keeps singing -- and pastoring
Religion News Service: The artist-turned-pastor talked to RNS about her CD, how millennials “really do want to have faith in God,” and her hopes for a future collaboration with an artist not known for gospel music.

The Spark

A mission to mow lawns in all 50 states
Rodney Smith Jr. firmly believes he can change the United States with nothing more than yard work and generosity. First he organized young people to donate lawn care service to needy people in their communities. Next he decided to mow a lawn in all 50 states. “I came across a video on Netflix of this guy traveling the world, performing acts of kindness. That sparked the idea for ‘50 States, 50 Lawns,’” Smith said. He expects to hit all of the lower 48 states by the end of this year, before heading to Alaska and Hawaii.