Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Giving to religion in 2016 increased 3 percent

A resolution condemning white supremacy causes chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention
The Atlantic: At its annual meeting, the denomination initially declined to consider a statement of its opposition to the alt-right submitted by a prominent black pastor. The drama revealed deep tension lines within the denomination.

Mark's Gospel provides a legal loophole for providing sanctuary. Will Christians use it?
Religion News Service: Christian communities offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants can look to the Gospel of Mark, which provides one saying of Jesus directly applicable to this situation, writes the Rev. Roger Vermalen Karban.

Carlton Lee, Mike Brown Sr.'s Pastor, dies from heart attack at 34
The Root: Carlton Lee, pastor of Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, Missouri, baptized Michael Brown Sr. in 2014, the Sunday before a Missouri grand jury declined to indict the police officer who killed his son, Michael Brown Jr. Flood Christian was set on fire and gutted by flames as protests raged through the city.

Hundreds of nuns trained in Kung Fu are biking the Himalayas to oppose human trafficking
Business Insider: Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order on Saturday complete a 2,485-mile bicycle trek from Nepal's Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote region.

Religious giving holds steady
Insights Newsletter: Giving USA, the longest-running and most comprehensive report on philanthropy, found that giving to religion in 2016 increased 3 percent (1.8 percent adjusted for inflation). It represents an estimated $123 billion in contributions across all faith traditions. Despite decreasing attendance patterns and rising religious disaffiliation, religious giving continues to hold its own.

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