Thursday's News & Ideas - 10/11/2018

  • Uninfluential NCC
  • Tax bill's war on churches
  • Millennial pastor Nick Hall
  • Politics as religion?
  • Texas diocese to name abusers
  • Individualism vs. community

Why a large church group had little impact when it opposed Kavanaugh's nomination
The Conversation: The National Council of Churches has long been the voice of progressive religion. But over the years, its influence has waned.

The new tax bill's war on churches (and other nonprofits)
Religion News Service: To help offset lost revenue from tax cuts, new tax bill targets fringe benefits provided to people who work for houses of worship, charities, private schools and suchlike 501(c)(3)s.

Can millennial pastor Nick Hall bridge the generational divide among evangelical Christians?
City Pages: Nick Hall leads a movement that tries to address the social justice issues important to many young Christians without alienating their more conservative elders.

Politics as the new religion for progressive Democrats
The Atlantic: Religiously unaffiliated voters, who may or may not be associated with other civic institutions, seem most excited about supporting or donating to causes, going to rallies, and expressing opinions online, among other activities.

Texas Catholic dioceses plan to name all priests 'credibly accused' of sex abuse since 1950, Dallas bishop says
Dallas News: All Catholic dioceses in Texas will release the names of every clergy member since 1950 to be "credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors," Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said Wednesday.

The Spark

Our laser-like focus on individualism is destroying our communities
Present-day America has run into a paradox, New America reports: Despite unparalleled opportunities for connection, people are, in important ways, as divided as they've ever been.

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