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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Divided Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex unions

United Methodists lose one-fifth of U.S. churches in schism driven by growing defiance of LGBTQ bans
Associated Press: More than 6,000 United Methodist congregations — a fifth of the U.S. total — have now received permission to leave the denomination amid a schism over theology and the role of LGBTQ people in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination.
Most Swedes want ban on Quran burnings after global outcry
Al Jazeera: Opinion is shifting amid an international political fallout over the burnings and a spike in new applications.
Brytni McNeil brings anti-racism to Christian homeschooling
Religion News Service: She is part of a broader movement of Black home educators, many of them Christian mothers, who want their kids to wrestle with truth on their terms.
Parts of a Munich synagogue demolished by Nazis are found in a river 85 years later
NPR: After Adolf Hitler ordered Munich’s main synagogue to be demolished in June 1938, no one knew what became of the rubble — until last week.
The Colorado website designer’s win is one of dozens of federal cases where religious beliefs and LGBTQ+ rights have clashed – and the pattern might not be what you think
The Conversation: The latest Supreme Court rulings make it seem as if cases that deal with plaintiffs’ faith are usually successful in federal courts. More broadly, however, the opposite is true.
UCC elects first woman — and first woman of African descent — to lead denomination
Religion News Service: That Thompson is the first woman to lead the denomination may be surprising given the denomination’s progressive stances on women’s rights and many other issues.
The ‘Shrinking Baptist Convention’ is doubling down on the culture wars
Politico: The challenges facing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination mirror those facing the GOP — and both would rather stick to their guns than shift course.
Divided Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex unions
Reuters: The Church of England’s governing body will deliberate on how priests could carry out blessings for same-sex couples when it gathers in the cathedral city of York for a five-day meeting on Friday.
Pro-choice Catholics fight to seize the narrative from the religious right
The Guardian: For one organization, the belief in individual reproductive rights comes as a result of the Catholic faith, not in spite of.
As a rabbi, I’ve had a privileged view of the human condition*
The New York Times: “For over a quarter century now, I have listened to people’s stories, sat by their bedsides as life slipped away, buried their parents, spouses and sometimes their children. Marriages have ended in my office, as have engagements.”

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