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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Clergy not prepared to meet congregations' mental health needs

Millennial evangelicals diverge from their parents' beliefs
The New Yorker: The separation of families at the border, climate change, and other progressive causes have galvanized young Christians.

Let it die: why more churches should embrace institutional death
Bearings: Christians are awful about letting the ministries they create die, says Chanequa Walker-Barnes. What would it look like if they stopped fighting institutional death?

Vatican power struggle bursts into open as conservatives pounce
The New York Times: With the release of a letter, an ideologically motivated opposition has weaponized the church's sex abuse crisis to threaten not only Francis' agenda but his entire papacy.
CNN: The 'coup' against Pope Francis
The New York Times: What did Pope Francis know?

E.J. Dionne: Catholics left wondering, how can we stay?
The Washington Post: Catholics are now regularly asked: "How can you be a Catholic?" And, even more pointedly, "How can you stay?" This summer, these questions became much harder to answer.

Clergy not prepared to meet congregations' mental health needs
The (Nashville) Tennessean: Religious people tend to turn to clergy for help and support in times of trouble, but when it involves a mental health issue, their pastor or rabbi is usually ill-equipped to respond effectively.

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