Editor’s Picks

Check back daily for Bruce Gourley’s curated articles that are relevant to people of faith who wish to engage the critical issues facing our communities, nations and world.

December 5, 2023

‘Why are We at Each Other’s Throats?’: Panel Unpacks Role of Polarization in the Church; How Religion Places into Ron Densantis’ Public Image – From ‘Armor of God’ to a Bible Ordered in Amazon; Panel Discusses Protecting Human Rights in Palestinian Territories (and more)

December 4, 2023

Police Raid Gay Venues in Russia After Top Court Bans ‘International LGBTQ Movement’; New Study Links Christian Nationalism to Increased Prejudice Against Atheists; My Father, My Faith, and Donald Trump (and more)

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December 1, 2023

The National Association of Christian Lawmakers: The Christian Nationalist Machine Turning Hate Into Law; U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson to Address Christian Nationalist Lawmakers Group; Oregon Church Gifts Land Back for Indigenous Tiny Home Village

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November 30, 2023

Historic NC A.M.E. Church to Build Affordable Housing in Black Neighborhood; Justice Department Gets Behind Southern Oregon Church Told by City to Stop Feeding Homeless Residents; Historian: America Once Valued Life More than Guns. How Did That Change? (and more)

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November 29, 2023

Rosalynn Carter Honored by Family, Friends, First Ladies and Presidents, Including Her Husband; Rosalynn Carter Tributes Highlight Her Reach as First Lady and Humanitarian; Ex-Bush Official Blasts Trump’s Recent ‘Dehumanizing’ Rhetoric as a ‘Sickening Episode’ in the History of American Christianity (and more)

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November 28, 2023

The United Methodist Church in Oklahoma is Looking for Positives After Rifts and Exits; 60,000 People March Against Antisemitism in London, Including ex-PM Boris Johnson; How a Southern California Artist Created One of the World’s Largest Stained-Glass Windows (and more)

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November 27, 2023

Rosalyn Carter: The Carter Center Releases Motorcade Route; Hamas Releases Third Group of Hostages as Part of Truce, and Says It Will Seek to Extend the Deal; Saving Gullah Geechee Praise Houses Before Their African Lineage is Forgotten (and more)

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November 22, 2023

‘Extraordinary’: Tributes and Remembrances for Rosalyn Carter After Her Death; Thanksgiving is a Celebration of Indigenous Food and Native American Culture for Chef Walks First; This Film May Change Your Mid About Homosexuality and the Bible – If You Watch It (and more)

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November 21, 2023

‘A Battle Inside Us’: Hebrew Catholics in the Holy Land Wrestle with Challenges of War; Jerusalem Christians Rally Around Armenian Church Over Land Deal; California Church Crafts Online Worship Experiences Designed for Parishioners with Memory Loss (and more)

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November 20, 2023

First Baptist Church Austin Turns Down Multimillion Dollar Bids, Will Redevelop Downtown Austin; Methodist Church Approves Split of 261 Georgia Congregations After LFBTQ+ Divide; Churches Become Wartime Homes for Gaza’s Tiny Christian Community (and more)

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November 15, 2023

Jimmy Allen: The Fifth Freedom: Freedom From Hate; Pope Removes Tyler’s Bishop Joseph Strickland After Opposition to Church; John Blake: Here’s Another Christian Movement that’s Changing Our Politics. It Has Nothing to do With Whiteness or Nationalism. (and more)

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November 14, 2023

Catholic Dioceses Spent at Least $1.7 Million in Ohio Against Allowing Women to Control Their Own Bodies. The Church Lost.; Nearly 80% of Italians Say They are Catholic. But Few Regularly go to Church.; Native Alaskan Healer Named North’s America’s First Female Saint in Orthodox Church (and more)

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November 13, 2023

What Israelis Think of the War With Hamas; RNC Warns Candidates that Attending Iowa Christian Group’s Forum Will Disqualify Them from Debates; Why is Mike Johnson Flying a Christian Nationalist Flag Outside His Office? (and more)

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November 3, 2023

Former Israeli Ambassador to US: How the Israel-Hamas War Could Spiral into a Global Conflagration; Colony Ridge Reflects Texas Conservative Values. It Gets Bashed Anyway; Spain’s Catholic Church Apologizes for Sexual Abuse, Disputes Scale of Problem (Reuters)
Under Blasphemy Law, Indonesia Arrests TikTokker for Videos of ‘Jokes’ Mocking Christianity; (and more)

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November 2, 2023

Israel-Palestine War: A Quick History of Christianity in Gaza; Two Pastors Worry for Their Congregations Safety. Are More Guns the Answer or the Problem?; Missouri Church Confesses and Laments its Past Ties to Slavery (and more)

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November 1, 2023

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates; Open Hatred of Jews Surges Globally, Inflamed by Gaza War; Funded by White Supremacist Christian Billionaires, the Far Right Wing of the Texas GOP is Going On all In on Hitler-Like Authoritarianism; Democrats Divisions on Israel-Hamas War Boil Over in Michigan as Detroit-Area Muslims Feel Betrayed

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