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Monday, December 23, 2019

Texas church votes to leave UMC

Mormon Church accused of stockpiling billions, avoiding paying taxes
CNN: A whistleblower alleges in a complaint filed with the IRS that billions of dollars collected in tithes over 22 years have not been distributed to charitable causes in accordance with IRS rules.

Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases
Associated Press: Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of "pontifical secrecy" has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes.

Before the next recession, philanthropy needs to redefine efficiency
SSIR: In a crisis, short-term efficiency can be a shock amplifier. Long-term efficiency comes from building resilient institutions.

'The Two Popes' promotes dialogue in a polarized Catholic Church and society
Religion News Service: The movie offers an intimate look at the relationship between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, delivering a powerful message about dialogue and mercy along the way.

Posadas Navidenas, Hanukkah & solstice -- A guide to understanding 7 different religious holidays in December
Deseret News: Here's what you should know about various religious holidays being celebrated this December.

As impeachment looms, evangelicals defend Trump but pass on debating the issues
Religion News Service: Among evangelicals, there has been little engagement with issues central to President Donald Trump's impeachment.

Faith, service drive Tennessee gov to keep taking refugees
Associated Press: Republican Gov. Bill Lee pointed to his own faith when he rejected an offer by President Donald Trump's administration to let states halt resettlement.

On eve of church's LGBTQ clampdown, Dallas' First United Methodist will celebrate all marriages in special service*
The Dallas Morning News: The renewal of vows event is a remarkable moment amid the continuing fallout from the denomination's new restrictions on same-sex unions and ordination.

The Supreme Court will hear 2 major cases about when religious schools can ignore civil rights laws
Vox: At stake is a society in which civil rights laws aren't optional for religious employers.

Faith-based titles leading the 2020 lists
Publishers Weekly: Looking at what religion and spirituality publishers are highlighting in the first part of the new year.

Trump should be removed from office
Christianity Today: "It's time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president's character was revealed for what it was," writes retiring editor in chief Mark Galli.
USA Today: Trump calls Christianity Today 'far left magazine' after editorial called for his removal from office.
NPR: Christianity Today's editor-in-chief on calling for Trump's removal

Texas church votes to leave UMC
United Methodist News Service: One of the Texas Conference's largest churches has decided to leave The United Methodist Church by a 96% margin.

Sundays after: Portraits of resilience after clergy abuse
Associated Press: For the project "Sundays After," an Associated Press photographer and writer traveled across the U.S. and sought out men and women who were willing to share their experiences -- both how they were abused by Catholic clergy, and how they survived.

Are megachurches saving Southern religion? Mainline denominations have lost millions of members and church affiliation has declined, but evangelical megachurches have appeared on the scene and pumped up what was otherwise drastically sagging attendance.

The religious case for Christmas is well known. But there's a scientific one too.
The Guardian: Our urge to mark midwinter and celebrate the days growing longer precedes Christianity by thousands of years.

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