Austin's religious leaders both embrace, grapple with racial reckoning
AUSTIN, Texas — Rabbi Neil Blumofe and the Rev. Daryl Horton are no strangers to uncomfortable conversations about race.On their annual summer road trips, Blumofe and Horton have visited sites related to Black and Jewish history and documented their experiences on Facebook.So when demonstrators took to the street to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd, Horton and Blumofe, among other local religious leaders, were ready to meet the moment and continue their work talking about race and racism.However, for other spiritual leaders, many of whom serve congregations that are maj...
Danny Westneat: Some churches sued over the coronavirus shutdown. But some say more people are coming than ever
When the pandemic shut down most of the world’s churches in March, pastor Dave Rohrer knew he couldn’t just sit there and stew in his darkened Bothell, Wash., sanctuary.So like a lot of church leaders — and people across all walks of life — he turned himself overnight into an internet broadcaster.“People told me my first sermon had the feel and quality of one of those al-Qaida hostage videos,” says Rohrer, of Emmanuel Presbyterian in Bothell.Ditto Seattle’s St. James Cathedral, which, despite being the signature Catholic parish for the Northwest, had not livestreamed its Sunday masses before. ...
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