Monday's News & Ideas - 5/7/2018

  • Exodus from religion
  • UMC bishops endorse plan
  • Religion & Trump
  • SBC women petition on Patterson
  • Rituals for secular people
  • Communion & Where the Wild Things Are

No wonder there's an exodus from religion
The Washington Post: To understand how so many now prefer nothing to something when it comes to religion, ponder the news over the past few days, E.J. Dionne says.

United Methodist bishops want to let pastors, conferences decide on LGBT clergy, marriages
Religion News Service: The bishops of the United Methodist Church have endorsed a plan that would allow individual pastors and regional bodies to make their own decisions on whether to perform same-sex weddings and ordain LGBT people as clergy.

How religion got Trump
Commonweal: Kenneth L. Woodward on faith in the 2016 election.
Slate: White evangelicals' continued support of Trump feels surprising. It shouldn't.

Southern Baptist women launch petition against Paige Patterson
Christianity Today: Controversy over past remarks leads Southwestern Seminary to announce special board meeting.

A design lab is making rituals for secular people
The Atlantic: At the Ritual Design Lab in Silicon Valley, a small team of "interaction designers" is working to generate new rituals for modern life, with an eye to user experience.

The Spark

Even if we're 'Where the Wild Things Are,' God's table awaits
Maurice Sendak was neither a theologian nor a Christian, but in "Where the Wild Things Are" he wrote an enduring story that begins and ends with a meal and a table, Melissa Musick Nussbaum writes at the National Catholic Reporter. It's a meal that is never hidden from us, a table that is always full, always welcoming.

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