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Monday, June 12, 2017

Southern Baptists have lost a million members in 10 years

What I learned after the Pulse nightclub shooting
Religion News Service: After the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando one year ago today, megachurch pastor Joel Hunter writes, "I was brokenhearted not because I had so many relationships in the LGBTQ community, but because I had so few. Was I complicit in the divisions that led to this destruction?"
PBS: After Pulse shooting, Orlando's faith and LGBTQ groups opened dialogue

Religious liberals sat out of politics for 40 years. Now they want in the game.
New York Times: Faith leaders whose politics fall to the left of center are getting more involved in politics to fight against President Trump's policies.

Your rabbi? Probably a Democrat. Your Baptist pastor? Probably a Republican. Your priest? Who knows.
New York Times: America's clergy are even more politically divided than the rest of us, according to a new data set representing the largest compilation of American religious leaders ever assembled.

Southern Baptists have lost a million members in 10 years
Baptist News Global: Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention declined for the 10th straight year, while baptisms dropped to the lowest level in 70 years, according to statistics released in advance of the SBC annual meeting.

Half-full of grace
LA Review of Books: "Church isn't an escape from the world," says screenwriter Dorothy Fortenberry. "It's a continuation of it. My family and I don't go to church to deny the existence of the darkness. We to go to look so hard at the light that our eyes water."

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