Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/13/2018

  • Church isn't CrossFit
  • Relief teams ready for Florence
  • Clergy abuse in Germany
  • Admit more refugees?
  • Redeveloped Baltimore churches
  • Psychology of hurricane prep

My church is not CrossFit
Mockingbird: Saying that CrossFit is the logical home for those who no longer darken the doors of the church is an indictment of the church more than anything, says Connor Gwin.

Faith-based disaster-relief teams on standby as Florence nears
Religion News Service: On top of all the state and federal disaster relief groups readying for Hurricane Florence as it barrels toward North and South Carolina are a group of expert helpers: the faith teams.

Germany's Catholic Church 'dismayed and ashamed' by child sex abuse
CNN: A new report from Germany's Catholic Church admits to "at least" 3,766 cases of child sex abuse by the clergy between 1946 and 2014, according to German publications that have seen a leaked copy.

People of faith urge Trump to admit more refugees
Religion News Service: With a decision looming on how many refugees to admit into the country, people of faith are coming together to ask the Trump administration to allow tens of thousands more to enter the United States.

As congregations dwindle, Baltimore's empty churches become homes
The Baltimore Sun: A congregation's loss can be a homeowner's gain as churches get redeveloped into much-needed housing stock.

The Spark

The psychology behind the pre-hurricane run to the grocery store
At Vox, why some people buy Pop-Tarts and liquor before a hurricane -- and some people don't prepare at all.

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