Monday's News & Ideas - 6/18/2018

  • Faith leaders on immigration policy
  • Reading Romans 13
  • SBC calls off culture war?
  • LGBTQ adults & religion
  • CoE needs flexibility
  • Autistic student's graduation speech

Faith leaders oppose Trump's immigration policy of separating children from parents
NPR: A Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents on the U.S. border has prompted a crescendo of criticism among religious leaders.

The Washington Post: What Jeff Sessions got wrong when quoting the Bible
The Washington Post: A complete reading and understanding of Romans 13 -- and the Bible more broadly -- reveals more love and care for neighbors and immigrants than Attorney General Jeff Sessions would have us believe.

Southern Baptists call off the culture war
The Atlantic: America's largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and re-engage with mainstream culture.
The New Yorker: Silence is not spiritual: the evangelical #MeToo movement

Most LGBTQ adults are religious, poll finds. Members of the community say they're surprised.
Newsweek: A new survey has found that most LGBTQ adults in the United States are religious and more than half are Christian, to the surprise of people of faith in the community.

Taking a lesson from Michael Curry could just save the Church of England
The (London) Guardian: The Church of England is so handicapped by self-importance that applying the flexibility of other churches could revive its plummeting numbers.

The Spark

This autistic boy's classmates had never heard him speak. What he finally said at graduation blew them away.
People who know Sef Scott know he doesn't normally speak. The 17-year-old from Plano, Tex., has autism, and is mostly nonverbal. So, as the Washington Post reports, members of his high school senior class were stunned June 9 when he took the mic and addressed his fellow graduates.

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