Friday's News & Ideas - 3/1/2019

  • LGBT Methodists express hurt
  • SBC cautionary tale
  • Black women’s faith & flourishing
  • Covington incident & another way
  • Pretzels for God
  • Please lie to me

‘In this to the end’: LGBT United Methodists express hurt, hope after vote
Religion News Service: After a wrenching three days of deliberations and spending $3.7 million to organize a special conference of its global church, the UMC has only marginally more clarity on its future than when the meeting began.
NPR: Lesbian bishop responds to LGBTQ ban in United Methodist Church

Revisiting ‘battle for the minds’ after nearly a quarter of a century
Baptist News Global: A 1995 documentary serves as a cautionary tale about the ongoing misogyny within the Southern Baptist ecclesial tradition, says Molly T. Marshall.

Black women’s faith, black women’s flourishing
Christian Century: Womanist theology proclaims a future beyond the strongholds of racism, sexism, and injustice, says Eboni Marshall Turman.

Million-dollar lawsuits are not the way to learn from the Covington Catholic incident
America: Painful situation provides an opportunity for the students of Covington Catholic and for the Catholic Church to choose another path -- to be salt and light in a moment of deep polarization and distrust.

The 1970s movement to reclaim Pretzels for God
Atlas Obscura: “Pretzels for God” even took as its patron the first Native American saint.

The Spark

Please lie to me
As a 65-year-old pastor, Cynthia Huling Hummel rarely lies, not so much because she’s cleaned up her act but because remembering is often beyond her. As she explains at Bearings, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 and many of her memories have evaporated. “As my Alzheimer’s progresses, please lie to me -- especially if the truth upsets me.”

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