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2021 – A Year in Review: 24 stories that shaped Sight's year – Sight Magazine






JANUARY

US Capitol rally outside 6 Jan 2021

 
 
Faith leaders, including Trump allies, condemn Capitol riot
ELANA SCHOR, LUIS ANDRES HENAO AND DAVID CRARY, of The Associated Press, report…

 
  

US Washington The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conceptionjpg

 
 
 
 
Catholicism in the capital: With his inauguration, Biden makes his return to ‘Catholic Washington’
As the second ever Catholic President takes office in the US, JACK JENKINS, of Religion News Service, looks at Catholic influencers in Washington, DC…

 
 
FEBRUARY 

Iraq Popes visit hopes1

 
 
“You’re not alone”: Iraq’s struggling Christians hope for boost from Pope’s visit|
MARIAM FAM, of Associated Press, reports from Iraq…
 

Myanmar Yangon coup protests

 
 
 
 
 
Tens of thousands protest Myanmar coup despite internet ban
Reuters reports…

 
 
 
 
  
MARCH

Beth Moore1

 
 
Parting company: US Bible teacher Beth Moore splitting with LifeWay, says, “I am no longer a Southern Baptist”
BOB SMIETANA, of Religion News Service, speaks with high profile US Bible teacher Beth Moore about her decision to leave the Southern Baptist Convention and Christian publisher LifeWay…

 
 

OM Ships Logos Hope

 
“Proclamation and demonstration”: OM Ships marks 50 years with a renewed vision for sharing the Gospel
As OM Ships International marks 50 years of ministry, DAVID ADAMS speaks with CEO Seelan Govender about the organisation’s impact, how it’s fared during the COVID-19 pandemic and a vision for the future…

 
 
 
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APRIL

Easter Sunday 2021 Germany

 
 
Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter
FRANCIS D’EMILIO and Associated Press reporters from around the world, report on how Easter Sunday was marked across the globe…

 

US Minneapolis Kenyan Community Seventh day Adventist Church in Brooklyn Center

 
 
 
“A ministry of listening”: In the US, Minnesota churches caught in standoffs between protesters and police
JACK JENKINS, of Religion News Service, speaks with the leaders of two congregations in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center which have found themselves at the centre of standoffs between police and racial justice demonstrators over the past week…

 
 
MAY

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“An abrupt halt”: Christian mission and aid organisations in Uganda revise approach in the midst of a pandemic
JOHN SEMAKULA reports from Kampala on how mission organisations have weathered the coronavirus pandemic in Uganda… 

 

US church coronavirus

 
 
 
 
 
 
Taking a toll: For some US pastors, the past year was a sign from God it was time to quit
BOB SMIETANA, of Religion News Service, reports from the US on the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on some pastors – and how it helped to bring them to a decision to leave the ministry…

 
 
JUNE

Spain Camino de Santiago2

 
 
Ancient walkways: Pilgrims return to Spain’s ‘El Camino’ paths after pandemic
JOSEPH WILSON and IAIN SULLIVAN, of Associated Press, report on the return of pilgrims to one of Europe’s most famous ancient walkways…

 
 

Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York

 
 
 
Future planning: Looking for radical solutions to decline, Church of England debates lay-led house churches
CATHERINE PEPINSTER, writing for Religion News Service, reports on the push for change within the Church of England…

 

 
 
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JULY

Australia Sydney St Oswalds

 
 
Planting churches: City to City Australia says country needs thousands of new churches a year
PETA MCCARTNEY speaks with  Rev Dr Andrew Katay,  CEO of the Australian branch of global church planting organisation City to City…

 

Tokyo Olympics Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board missionary

 
 
 
 
Tokyo Olympics: Faith events look different as COVID spikes – here’s how
EMILY MCFARLAN MILLER and ADELLE M BANKS, of Religion News Service, report on faith outreach initiatives at the Tokyo Olympics…

 
 
  
AUGUST

Afghanistan US soldiers stand guard at Kabul airport

 
 
Afghan refugees: As the vulnerable flee Kabul, US faith groups prepare to aid them
JACK JENKINS, of Religion News Service, reports on preparations US faith groups are making to receive refugees from Afghanistan…

 

Haiti Port au Prince camp 2011

 
 
 
 
 
Haiti earthquake: Anger rises over aid response to past disasters
LAURA GOTTESDIENER and DAVE GRAHAM, of Reuters, report from Haiti in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake…

 
 
 
SEPTEMBER

Australia campus ministries Credo UTS

 
On campus outreach: Australian evangelical groups grapple with the ups and downs of student ministry during COVID-19
PETA MCCARTNEY reports on how evangelical ministries at Australian universities have weathered the COVID-19 storm…

 

In Christ Alone song

 
 
 
 
 
‘In Christ Alone’: Twenty years on, song still inspires millions
BOB SMIETANA, of Religion News Service, reports on how a popular hymn prompted a movement to revive congregational singing and launched the careers of Keith and Kristyn Getty…

 
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OCTOBER

UK Langport Church of All Saints

 
Responding to changing times: From luxury stays to sanctuary ‘champing’, US and UK houses of worship adopt pandemic-era Airbnb models
KATHRYN POST, of Religion News Service, reports that instead of worshippers, some US and UK churches have been filled with local tourists, professional chefs or burnt-out frontline workers…
 

Ethiopia Tigray Mekele hospital1

 
 
“God have mercy”: Tigray residents describe life under siege
CARA ANNA, of Associated Press, reports on life inside a war zone…

 
 
 
 
 
 
NOVEMBER

Haiti People in Christian Aid Ministries compound

 
 
Haiti missionary abductions: Prayer for kidnappers deeply rooted in mission group’s faith
PETER SMITH, of Associated Press, looks at the group at the centre of the Haiti missionary kidnappings…

 

Illuminations Salisburg Cathedral2

Let there be light: How UK cathedrals are using illuminations to bring people inside
ANGELA YOUNGMAN reports on how UK cathedrals are putting on stunning light shows as part of a bid to engage with the local community and visitors from further afield…

 
 
DECEMBER

US The Book of Belonging

 
 
Children and Scripture: New Bibles rethink how Christians share old, old story with young readers
EMILY MCFARLAN MILLER, of Religion News Service, reports on a string of new children’s story Bibles to be released in the US…

 

Pope Francis 85 Cyprus

 
 
 
Pope at 85: Gloves come off as Francis’ reform hits stride
NICOLE WINFIELD, of The Associated Press, reports that despite his successful papal trips and his ongoing campaign for a more just world, Pope Francis, continues to face problems at home and abroad – something to he has responded with the papal equivalent of “no more Mr Nice Guy”…
 
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