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Monday, July 1, 2019

When professional Catholics burn out

U.S. Methodists consider what comes next after disagreements over LGBT clergy
NPR: Four months after the UMC strengthened a ban on LGBT clergy and same sex weddings, deep dissension over the move has brought the denomination closer to a formal split.

Trump supporters blast SBC official for criticizing U.S. treatment of immigrant children at the U.S./Mexican border
Baptist News Global: Evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, including Jerry Falwell Jr., lashed out at Russell Moore for critical comments about detained migrant children held in perilous conditions.

Rejection of LGBTQ student group leads to a fight at "unambiguously Christian" Baylor
The Texas Tribune: The Baptist university has denied a charter to Gamma Alpha Upsilon for eight years, members say.

Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church
LA Times: The "apostle" of La Luz del Mundo was arrested this month in Los Angeles on charges of human trafficking, rape and child pornography.

Victims question Kamala Harris' record on clergy abuse
Religion News Service: "She did nothing," said Piscitelli, today the Northern California spokesman for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Evangelical denomination expels entire congregation over LGBT policy
Religion News Service: For the first time in its 134-year history, the Evangelical Covenant Church has voted to remove a congregation from its roster over its position on LGBTQ inclusion.

Imagining post-Trump nationalism
The Atlantic: The small conservative magazine First Things aims to reclaim what has become a dirty word in the Trump era.

Archbishop of Canterbury warns against 'alternative facts' online
The Guardian: Church of England publishes its first social media guidelines to create kinder atmosphere.

'Mormon' no more: Faithful reflect on church's move to scrap a moniker
The New York Times: For the Latter-day Saints faithful, a shift away from a longtime name has meant lighthearted screw-ups, logistical complications and reflections on identity.

When professional Catholics burn out
America: Kaya Oakes was not burned out from Catholicism; she was burned out from being a professional Catholic.

Why are Catholic schools firing gay teachers -- and how can one refuse?
Religion News Service: In response to pressure from their archdiocese, one Indianapolis school fired a gay teacher, and another refused. Then came the plot twist: The two teachers are married to each other.

Pete Buttigieg takes aim at religious hypocrisy
The Atlantic: The second night of the first Democratic debates focused on the American values that have been corrupted under Trump, in the view of the 2020 candidates.

From sacred to secular: What happens when a Catholic church shuts down?
Chicago Tribune: Changing neighborhood demographics, fewer parishioners and priests and a lack of funding have led dioceses across the nation to announce plans for closure or consolidation.

Church of England appoints its first black female bishop
The Guardian: Rose Hudson-Wilkin, born in Jamaica, will be consecrated in November as bishop of Dover.

Trump touts his 'so good and so righteous' achievements at evangelical conference
HuffPost: Trump boasted about his record on conservative causes during this year's Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, and warned that the gains he made are 'fragile.'


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