Wednesday's News & Ideas - 11/14/2018

  • America changed by hate
  • Baptist Theological Seminary closing
  • Future of evangelical-GOP coalition
  • CoE worship attendance down
  • Virtual reality church
  • In the heart of the caravan

FBI's new hate crime report captures an America changed by hate
Religion News Service: The official statistics come as no surprise to those who experience such marginalization personally or who work on these issues professionally, says Simran Jeet Singh.
The Los Angeles Times: Attacks on religious and racial minorities fueled sharp rise in hate crimes in 2017, FBI says

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond to close in 2019
Baptist News Global: The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond -- the first free-standing seminary started as an alternative to the six SBC seminaries during a schism in the late 20th century -- is closing its doors at the end of the current academic year.

What is the future of the evangelical-Republican coalition?
Religion & Politics: A new essay collection, "The Evangelical Crackup? The Future of the Evangelical-Republican Coalition," marshals the combined energy of more than two dozen political scientists to try and clarify the matter.
Religion News Service: A lot of white evangelical voters aren't evangelicals

Attendance at Church of England's Sunday services falls again
The (London) Guardian: Figures show downward trend continuing, but attendance at Christmas services last year was highest in a decade.

Going to church in virtual reality
CNN: As the number of young Americans who attend church declines can digital innovators find interesting ways to reach younger congregants, and bring people together to worship online?

The Spark

When you carry all that you love with you
At Longreads, photographer Alice Driver travels into the heart of the caravan.

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