Thursday's News & Ideas - 2/28/2019

  • UMC uncertain way forward
  • UMC ready to bargain?
  • Next schism in church life?
  • Pan-African devotional guide
  • Popes & rock
  • Refugees from Vesuvius

GC2019 maps uncertain way forward
United Methodist News Service: After four days of prayers, speeches, protests and votes, it remains to be seen whether The United Methodist Church has found a way forward or remains stuck.
United Methodist News Service: General Conference is over, what happens now?

Next big news story: After 40 years of war, is United Methodist establishment ready to bargain?
GetReligion: Religion journalist Terry Mattingly says he cannot see the UMC establishment letting the Traditional Plan go into effect. The question is whether the voting trends seen, again, in St. Louis force the left to the bargaining table.
Pew Research: Rift over gay rights comes as United Methodists in U.S. have become more accepting of homosexuality

The biggest schism in American church life is homosexuality, and North Texas is at the epicenter
The Dallas Morning News: America's Christians in the past divided over race, and none of us is better for it. If Christians continue toward division over homosexuality, we will leave the same legacy of bitterness, says William B. Lawrence.
The Birmingham (Alabama) News: Methodists: Don't let the door hit you on my way out

Biblical guide marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia
Religion News Service: Bread for the World has released a devotional guide to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Va.

Francis's shot at Queen illustrates love/hate bond between popes and rock
Crux: When Pope Francis took a shot at the bands Queen and Florence + The Machine in his annual Lenten message released today, it was merely the latest chapter in a love/hate story between popes and rock-and-roll.

The Spark

Where did all the refugees from Vesuvius end up?
After the eruption of Vesuvius two millennia ago, refugees made decisions very similar to ones people make today regarding where to go after a disaster strikes. And as Atlas Obscura reports, modern governments could stand to learn a thing or two from how the Romans dealt with the Vesuvius crisis.

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