Thursday's News & Ideas - 10/12/2017

  • Parsonage allowance struck down
  • Clergy arrested in St. Louis protests
  • Trump dismantles faith-based office
  • Faith has a role in disaster giving
  • Spanish monk spends 50 years building church
  • A girl leaves her father to die in the Holocaust. Years later, she receives a message.

Federal judge strikes down tax-free housing for clergy
Chicago Tribune: A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for religious leaders who have fought for years to keep the substantial financial benefit.
Religion News Service: Taking away the parsonage allowance is religious discrimination

Clergy caught in mass arrest following highway shutdown
St. Louis American: Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Rev. Starsky Wilson was one of 14 clergy arrested following a direct action in which protestors blocked I-64 east in ongoing protests of the not-guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley case.

Trump is dismantling Obama’s religion initiatives
ThinkProgress: President Trump recently cut the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is dismantling a once-influential ecosystem of official interfaith councils.

The role of faith in disaster response
Insights: Individual faith motivations and the efforts of faith-based organizations are essential in disaster relief. When giving, it’s important to reflect on issues of readiness, timeliness, and effectiveness.

The Spanish ex-monk on a 56-year mission to build his own cathedral
The Guardian: Justo Gallego, 92, began work on the building just west of Madrid on this day in 1961, but knows he may not live to see it finished.

The Spark

I have a message for you
To escape Auschwitz, Klara left her father to die. Decades later, she got a message from him. Documentary filmmaker Matan Rochlitz tells her extraordinary story.

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