Supreme Court Sides With Coach Over Prayers on 50-Yard Line

Joseph Kennedy, a former high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., had a constitutional right to pray on the field after his team’s games, the justices ruled.

#bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

Raphael Warnock: I Can Still Hear My Father’s Voice

Private Jonathan Warnock was a walking sermon.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #fathers-day, #men-and-boys, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #segregation-and-desegregation, #whites

The Supreme Court Considers a Football Coach’s Prayers

The justices’ decision could have broad implications for freedom of religion — and freedom from it.

#audio-neutral-informative, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #kennedy-joseph-a-football-coach, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #supreme-court-us

Coach’s Prayers Prompt Supreme Court Test of Religious Freedom

Joseph Kennedy, a football coach at a public high school in Washington State, lost his job after praying on the 50-yard line after games.

#americans-united-for-separation-of-church-and-state, #bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #football, #freedom-of-religion, #interscholastic-athletics, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-state-relations, #school-boards, #supreme-court-us

Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful

Around the world, national churches, parishes and even families are reassessing relations with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has encouraged Russia’s aggression.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #clergy, #eastern-orthodox-church, #europe, #istanbul-turkey, #italy, #kirill-i, #lithuania, #orthodox-church-in-america, #patriarch-incorporated, #politics-and-government, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #priests, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Timothy Keller on Hope Amidst Terminal Cancer

“I look at Easter and I say, ‘Because of this, I can face anything.’”

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #easter-and-holy-week, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #keller-timothy-j-1950, #pancreatic-cancer, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Praise for ‘Biden’s Courage’ in Imposing Oil Sanctions Against Russia

Readers hope that Americans and allies support the decision despite rising energy costs and call for conservation measures. Also: A faithful Catholic and his church.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-efficiency, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

For Lent, Consider That We’re All Sinners

A realistic understanding of sin makes forgiveness and grace possible.

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Ash Wednesday and the Hope It Offers

The pandemic has challenged any expectation that we can control our lives and be rescued from loss.

#cemeteries, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #internal-sub-only-nl, #prayers-and-prayer-books

7 Thoughtful Reader Responses on Ending Online Church

Readers had strong feelings about last week’s newsletter. Here are some of the most compelling replies.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only-nl, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #vaccination-and-immunization, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Janet Mead, Nun Whose Pop-Rock Hymn Reached the Top of the Charts, Dies

Her upbeat version of “The Lord’s Prayer” was an instant hit in Australia, reached No. 4 in the U.S. and was nominated for a Grammy (it lost to Elvis Presley).

#australia, #deaths-obituaries, #mead-janet-1938-2022, #nuns, #pop-and-rock-music, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #roman-catholic-church

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coach Who Lost His Job Over Postgame Prayers

A federal appeals court ruled that a school board in Washington State could require the coach to stop praying at the 50-yard line after high school football games.

#bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #supreme-court-us

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Good for the Soul

There is hope in the idea that we can change, as individuals and as a society.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #king-martin-luther-jr, #new-year, #prayers-and-prayer-books

New Yorkers and the Sacred Spaces in Their Homes

Hundreds of thousands of people in the city have set aside a part of their homes to pray, meditate or give thanks for another day.

#buddhism, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #new-york-city, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-and-belief, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #voodoo

What Mary Can Teach Us About the Joy and Pain of Life

In the Bible, we see the mother of Jesus experience great blessings and unimaginable sorrow.

#bible, #christmas, #grief-emotion, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #mary-mother-of-jesus, #prayers-and-prayer-books

I’m Not Ready for Christmas. I Need to Take a Minute.

Advent is an ideal time to grieve, reflect and look ahead.

#christmas, #grief-emotion, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Power of Human Touch in the Execution Chamber

The death penalty is wrong, but we can still uphold the dignity of the condemned.

#capital-punishment, #christians-and-christianity, #human-dignity, #huntsville-tex, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #touch-sense

Long Arm of Russian Law Reaches Obscure Siberian Church

The arrest of the leader of a small religious group reveals that Russian repression reaches even to the depths of the Siberian forest.

#doomsday, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #siberia, #vissarion

Want to Change the World? First, Be Still.

Advocacy for the oppressed requires action — but also silence and contemplation.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only, #jacobs-alan-1958, #jesus-christ, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #work-life-balance

Before Balls and Strikes, Umpires Make a Call to Pray

For more than a decade, a group of Major League Baseball’s umpires has convened by phone to pursue spiritual solace.

#barrett-ted-1965, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #officiating-sports, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Why Poetry Is So Crucial Right Now

It helps us pay attention to the things that matter.

#gorman-amanda, #hopkins-gerard-manley, #internal-sub-only, #larkin-philip, #poetry-and-poets, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #rilke-rainer-maria, #social-media

Meet the Nun Who Wants You to Remember You Will Die

Suffering and death are facts of life: “Everyone dies, their bodies rot, and every face becomes a skull.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #meditation, #nuns, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #roman-catholic-church, #sister-theresa-aletheia-noble

By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes

The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kagan-elena, #places-of-worship, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us

What the Church Meant for James Baldwin

Although he ultimately rejected Pentecostalism, the writer captured its pathos and ability to bear witness to Blackness in America in his first novel.

#2020tbookclub, #baldwin-james-1924-87, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #churches-buildings, #go-tell-it-on-the-mountain-book, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #pentecostal-churches, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #race-and-ethnicity

Saying Goodbye to Hanukkah

I lit the menorah as a child, but my kids are growing up in a different type of household.

#christmas, #families-and-family-life, #hanukkah, #jews-and-judaism, #parenting, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Hermits Teach About Solitude, Loneliness, Isolation

Contemporary hermits are reaching out to people struggling with isolation. Their message: Go inward, and get outside.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #meditation, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-selfcare

15% of Virus Tests Are Positive, and Few Wear Masks in One Orthodox Suburb

Several towns with large ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations are seeing coronavirus case rates that are among the highest in New York.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hasidism, #jews-and-judaism, #kiryas-joel-ny, #lakewood-nj, #monsey-ny, #orange-county-ny, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #rockland-county-ny, #shutdowns-institutional, #sukkot-jewish-holiday, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Every Corner of Bangkok, Spirits Need a Home and Maybe a Strawberry Fanta

Across Thailand’s crowded capital, there are spirits who must be placated with a comfy place to live. The coronavirus is no excuse to cut back on the coddling.

#bangkok-thailand, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-and-belief, #thailand

The Future of Christianity Is Punk

Modern life is ugly, brutal and barren. Maybe you should try a Latin Mass.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #millennial-generation, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #social-media

A Glimpse Inside the Secluded World of a Georgian Nunnery

In the latest essay from our visual series, The World Through a Lens, we share a collection of photographs from a nunnery in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia.

#georgia, #nuns, #photography, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #restoration-and-renovation, #travel-and-vacations

‘God Created the Virus. But Now He Has Lost Control.’

Pakistan’s government is dithering in the face of the epidemic because it’s not sure what to fear the most.

#arif-alvi, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #epidemics, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #poliomyelitis, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #quarantines, #tablighi-jamaat, #vaccination-and-immunization

On Easter Sunday, Christians Remember: ‘We Will Rise Out of the Dust’

Amid a pandemic, millions of Americans refashioned rituals and grasped for hope in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #easter-and-holy-week, #jesus-christ, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #quarantines, #roman-catholic-church