‘Sorrowful’: Black clergy members and churches reeling from COVID-19 losses (ABC News)

ABC News: ‘Sorrowful’: Black clergy members and churches reeling from COVID-19 losses. “ABC News identified at least 33 African American bishops, reverends and pastors who led various denominations around the country who have died from the coronavirus, according to an analysis of news reports. There were seven in Michigan (including two from the same church), seven in Louisiana, six in New York, three in Illinois, two in Mississippi, two in Georgia, two in New Jersey, one in Virginia, one in Tennessee, one in Alabama and one in Missouri.”

Salon: Evangelical fundamentalists who openly defied social distancing guidelines are dying of COVID-19

Salon: Evangelical fundamentalists who openly defied social distancing guidelines are dying of COVID-19. “Countless non-fundamentalist churches in the United States, from Catholic to Lutheran and Episcopalian, have embraced social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and temporarily moved their activities online. But many Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals have been irresponsibly downplaying the dangers of COVID-19 and doing so with deadly results: journalist Alex Woodward, in the U.K.-based Independent, reports that the pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 30 pastors in the Bible Belt.”

Religion News Service: Shunning online services, some clergy preach ‘abstinence’ from gathered worship

Religion News Service: Shunning online services, some clergy preach ‘abstinence’ from gathered worship. “For weeks, as Easter approached, churches have been rushing to use the internet in new ways, livestreaming and videoconferencing to keep the faithful together for weekend worship. But at least a handful of churches across the country — including three Southern Baptist ones — have intentionally decided not to worship online on recent Sundays as some political and health officials said coronavirus-related social distancing applied to religious gatherings.”

The Jewish Chronicle: A new online resource — the complete works of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs

The Jewish Chronicle: A new online resource — the complete works of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs. “His more than 50 books, which touch on virtually every area of the Jewish tradition, defy any easy categorisation. What is remarkable is the extraordinary consistency that he exhibited in his scholarship, which spanned almost 60 years. In the opening of his most famous book We Have Reason To Believe, he argues for ‘a synthesis… between the permanent value and truth of tradition and the best thought of the day’ and it is this sentence that perhaps best encapsulates the guiding force behind all of his writing.”

ProPublica: We’ve Gotten a Lot of Questions About Our Database of Credibly Accused Priests. Here Are the Answers.

ProPublica: We’ve Gotten a Lot of Questions About Our Database of Credibly Accused Priests. Here Are the Answers.. “We published a database in January of Catholic clergy who have been deemed ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse or misconduct by nearly 180 dioceses and religious orders around the country. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have searched the database. A number of those people have reached out with questions about the project. Many have shared personal stories as survivors of abuse. And although the officially released lists total more than 5,800 unique names, dozens of people have written in to suggest names of clergy who they believe have been left off. We’re glad to hear from readers, and we wanted to provide answers to several of the most common questions we’ve received.”

ProPublica: We Assembled the Only Nationwide Database of Priests Deemed Credibly Accused of Abuse. Here’s How.

ProPublica: We Assembled the Only Nationwide Database of Priests Deemed Credibly Accused of Abuse. Here’s How. . “ProPublica published an interactive database on Tuesday that lets users search for clergy who have been listed as credibly accused of sexual abuse in reports released by Catholic dioceses and religious orders. It is, as of publication, the only nationwide database of official disclosures. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the religious leaders’ national membership organization, does not publicly release any centralized, countrywide collection of clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual assault.”

Sojourners: Why Social Media Is a Last Resort for Survivors of Clergy Abuse

Sojourners: Why Social Media Is a Last Resort for Survivors of Clergy Abuse. “Mainstream media has played a crucial role in giving voice to survivors. As Christine Parker pointed out in a recent interview with Robert Downen: ‘Church leaders aren’t listening to survivors until the media tells their story for them.’ The rise of social media in the past decade has provided an additional — and no less significant — outlet for #ChurchToo survivors to tell their stories, though not without great cost.”

Mashable: Youth pastors are deeply uncool, but this TikTok priest is leaning into it

Mashable: Youth pastors are deeply uncool, but this TikTok priest is leaning into it. “Youth pastors are profoundly uncool. Father David Peters, the Episcopalian priest who keeps going viral on TikTok, has managed to connect with internet culture in spite of that fact.”

Trib Live: Pittsburgh institute launches largest online Newman archive in the world

Trib Live: Pittsburgh institute launches largest online Newman archive in the world. “The Oakland-based National Institute for Newman Studies this week launched the NINS Digital Collections, an interactive, online platform that is home to more than 250,000 [Cardinal John Henry] Newman archives. The collection includes letters, library records, photographs, maps, handwritten papers, published books and never-before-seen manuscripts.”

State Archives of North Carolina: State Archives Announces the Collection of Elmer Gibson, Pioneering African American Army Chaplain

State Archives of North Carolina: State Archives Announces the Collection of Elmer Gibson, Pioneering African American Army Chaplain. “The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the availability for researchers of the Elmer P. Gibson Papers (MMP 9). This collection documents the U.S. Army service of pioneering African American chaplain, Elmer P. Gibson of Greensboro, N.C., and Philadelphia, PA…. The Elmer P. Gibson Papers help document one of the unsung heroes of the American civil rights movement of the twentieth century, and one of the most important forces for racial integration of the U.S. military. All of Gibson’s photographs are available for viewing online in an album on the State Archives’ Flickr page.”

Trib Live: Pittsburgh institute gearing up for impending sainthood of Cardinal Newman

Trib Live: Pittsburgh institute gearing up for impending sainthood of Cardinal Newman. “As interest in [John Henry] Newman’s sainthood builds, the Oakland institute hopes to capitalize on the canonization by launching the NINS Digital Collection — expected to be the most comprehensive digital archive of Newman-related works in the country. In total, the NINS Digital Collection will house more than 200,000 digitized images of Newman’s handwritten papers, his published books and articles, and never-before-seen manuscripts from the Birmingham Oratory archive.”

Story+: Where Humanities Students Combine Creative Storytelling And Research (Duke Today)

Duke Today: Story+: Where Humanities Students Combine Creative Storytelling And Research. “This year, [Jerusha] Neal serves as supervisor for three undergrads with co-supervisor Peace Lee, a Duke Divinity School Th.D. candidate. The team is recovering sermons from women preachers and analyzing the connections between their rhetoric and identities…. With Duke Chapel Records Digital collection, the team will analyze more than 250 sermons from women preachers between the years of 1972 and 2001. At Duke Chapel, at least five to 10 sermons were preached by women a year. “

Baylor University: Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

Baylor University: Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University is preserving more than just gospel music. In the past few years, Baylor journalism professor and former Billboard gospel music editor Robert Darden and his team have undertaken the project of restoring and preserving recorded sermons from black preachers in addition to the gospel music. While both are equally important to preserve, finding sermons to preserve comes with a unique set of challenges.”

UPI: Scholars fear Franklin Graham will cut off access to Billy Graham archives

UPI: Scholars fear Franklin Graham will cut off access to Billy Graham archives. “This week, at Wheaton College in Illinois, specially trained movers will begin organizing, preparing and packing 3,235 boxes of paper items, 1,000 scrapbooks of news clippings dating back to the 1940s and more than 1,000 linear feet of videos, cassettes, reels, films and audio. All of it documents the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham, the Christian college’s most famous alumnus.”

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship: Pitts Theology Library launches the Howard Thurman Digital Archive

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship: Pitts Theology Library launches the Howard Thurman Digital Archive. “The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Howard Thurman Digital Archive. ECDS supported the Pitts Theology Library in the creation of the website, which highlights materials related to Thurman’s life. The website also hosts audio recordings of many of Thurman’s sermons, speeches, lectures, and interviews.”