Religion News Service: Religion News Service and Presbyterian Historical Society announce new archival images Instagram account

Religion News Service: Religion News Service and Presbyterian Historical Society announce new archival images Instagram account. “Religion News Service (RNS) and Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) are pleased to announce the launch of a new Instagram account that will feature digitized archival RNS images. PHS is in the process of digitizing select images from its collection of over 60,000 RNS images from 1945 to 1982.”

Church of Ireland Historical Society: Church of Ireland Gazette Digital Archive Complete (1856-2010)

Church of Ireland Historical Society: Church of Ireland Gazette Digital Archive Complete (1856-2010). “The Church of Ireland Gazette Digital Archive is complete. All editions of the newspaper, from its foundation in 1856 up to and including 2010, are freely available electronically, allowing the worldwide audience to view and search it using any name, place, or other search term.”

Covid-19: Sri Lanka chooses remote island for burials (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Sri Lanka chooses remote island for burials. “A remote island has been chosen by Sri Lanka’s government for the burial of Covid-19 victims from the minority Muslim and Christian communities. The government previously forced minorities to cremate their dead in line with the practice of the majority Buddhists. It claimed burials would contaminate ground water. But the government backed down last week in the face of vehement criticism from rights groups.”

Christian Post: PCUSA digitizes records of historic Mother Bethel AME Church

Christian Post: PCUSA digitizes records of historic Mother Bethel AME Church. “The national archives of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has digitally preserved records of the historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mother Bethel was originally founded in 1794 by Methodist preacher and former slave Richard Allen, who served as the first bishop of the AME denomination.”

Washington Post: On social media, vaccine misinformation mixes with extreme faith

Washington Post: On social media, vaccine misinformation mixes with extreme faith. “In an insular world on the social media app TikTok, young Christians act out biblically inspired scenes in which they are forced to take a vaccine for the coronavirus, only to end up splattered in fake blood and on the brink of death. The melodramatic videos are an attempt to represent how the introduction of coronavirus vaccines could herald the biblical End Time. Along with hundreds of thousands of other vaccine-questioning posts by social media users all over the world, they’re demonstrating the ways in which health misinformation is targeting Christians, some reaching sizable audiences.”

Boston University Today: BU Spearheads Massive Database of Centuries of Culture-Sharing between the West and China

Boston University Today: BU Spearheads Massive Database of Centuries of Culture-Sharing between the West and China. “The China Historical Christian Database, based at the School of Theology’s Center for Global Christianity & Mission and being built by researchers there and at CAS, gets granular: it will feature maps and other resources showing where Christian churches, schools, hospitals, orphanages, and publishing houses were located in China, how long they operated, and who worked in them.”

EurekAlert: European ReIReS network launches online database for religious studies

EurekAlert: European ReIReS network launches online database for religious studies. “The EU-funded Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies (ReIReS) project has been bringing together various European institutions, including Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), over the last two and a half years to establish an innovative infrastructure for religious research in Europe. The aim is to provide transnational and virtual access to significant tools and sources in the field of European religious research. The network now launched its web-based research database ReIReSearch, which offers a new search tool and improved access to research material and sources on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as on ancient and non-European religions.”

University of Birmingham: Recovering the text of the earliest Greek New Testament Commentary manuscript

University of Birmingham: Recovering the text of the earliest Greek New Testament Commentary manuscript. “The manuscript first came to scholarly attention two hundred years ago this year, when it was presented to a British dignitary on the Greek island of Zakynthos. On the face of it, the manuscript is a lectionary containing the portions of the gospels used in Christian worship throughout the year. However, this twelfth-century document is a palimpsest, created by erasing the ink from an earlier manuscript in order to re-use the parchment to make another book. The original text is a commentary on the Gospel according to Luke known as a catena, bringing together extracts from early Christian writers which explain the biblical text. However, given the overwriting of the manuscript and the fading of the ink, much of the commentary is unreadable to the naked eye.”

Reporter: Bible study series for COVID-19

Reporter: Bible study series for COVID-19. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many hardships, even to those in the church: fear, guilt, financial strain, anger, exhaustion. This Bible study series addresses these various trials in light of God’s Word and promises for us. Make use of these studies with your congregation or small group, or use them for individual study.”

A Database of Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibitions

Every time I decide I’m going to switch my Google Alerts from News sources only, something like this pops up: A Database of Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibitions. From the front page: “The first exhibitions of Dead Sea Scrolls took place in Washington (DC) around two years after their discovery. Since then, over a hundred scrolls exhibitions have taken place all around the world. The World Expo ’58 in Brussels (Belgium), the 1960 exhibition in Buenos Aires (Argentine), and the exhibition in Singapore in 2009 are just a few examples. This database aspires to include them all, and in doing so, proving a robust tool for researchers and journalists.”

Washington Post: Faith activism amid pandemic spans causes and denominations

Washington Post: Faith activism amid pandemic spans causes and denominations. “One religious leader appeared with nursing home workers seeking safer conditions. Another broadcast a roundtable with colleagues in three states. Another talked about a campaign he helps lead that’s raised more than $1 million for masks and hand sanitizer. In one 24-hour period this week, three prominent people of faith from different denominations pushed for more aid to workers and areas most acutely affected by the coronavirus. All three are leaders in the black church –- underscoring the outsized pain the pandemic has exacted on communities of color -– but Christian advocacy on behalf of lower-income populations struggling with the virus is a diverse and nationwide cause.”

The Mennonite: MC USA Archives joins expanded Mennonite Archival Information Database

The Mennonite: MC USA Archives joins expanded Mennonite Archival Information Database. “Mennonite Church USA Archives is one of five new partners to join the recently expanded Mennonite Archival Information Database (MAID). The public database now represents 14 partners and features thousands of historic photos and a quickly growing number of entries, including one-of-a-kind letters, diaries, meeting minutes, travel documents, biographies, and audio and video recordings.”