Monday's News & Ideas - 10/23/2017

  • New life for struggling church
  • U.S. retreating from religion
  • Emboldened LGBT-affirming Christians
  • Mouw's prayers for peace
  • CoE debates blessings
  • To close a monastery

Struggling Maplewood church finds new life by living 'like you are dying'
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Members of Christ United Methodist poured their energy into volunteering, breathing new life into their church.

The U.S. is retreating from religion
Scientific American: By 2030, say projections, a third of Americans will have no religious preference.

LGBT-affirming Christians are more emboldened than ever
Religion News Service: A spate of recent events suggests that LGBT-affirming voices within religious communities are more emboldened and confident than ever.

Two tearful faces that make me pray for peace with North Korea
Religion News Service: Richard Mouw's prayers for peace with North Korea are associated with memories of his visit to that country six years ago. 

Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex couples
The (London) Guardian: Diocese of Hereford proposes motion to allow official blessing after civil partnership or secular marriage ceremony.

The Spark

From soldiers to monks: the end of a monastery founded by veterans of the Second World War
At Aeon, a short film observes the last moments of a Trappist monastery in Huntsville, Utah, as the elderly monks commence their final, sparsely attended service and pack their bags for an uncertain future.

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