Tuesday's News & Ideas - 7/30/2019

  • Options for UMC future
  • Under-the-radar group helps accused priests
  • Too busy for church?
  • Strategic planning like a futurist
  • A dying church’s final gift
  • The sadness of life at the front door

Church leaders look at options for future of denomination
UM News: Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu urged church leaders to find “a new way forward through consensus” while also saying, “Every United Methodist now knows our denomination is heading for a separation.”

Priests accused of sex abuse turned to under-the-radar group
AP News: For nearly two decades, a small nonprofit group has operated out of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to at least hundreds of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse.

Too busy for church? There’s an app for that.
The Christian Science Monitor: Should church be convenient? As online services and Bible apps expand, some people are finding an expanded definition beyond a building. But others worry community is being lost.

How to do strategic planning like a futurist
Harvard Business Review: Deep uncertainty merits deep questions, and the answers aren’t necessarily tied to a fixed date in the future.

Church’s final gift: $3.6 million for homelessness services
The Seattle Times: A church that closed in March lives on through its largest final gift: over $8 million from the sale of its property, spread among local charities and faith organizations.

The Spark

Seeing through Silicon Valley’s shameless ‘disruption’
The truth is that having so much of life occur at the front door, as opposed to on the town square or the market street, is simply sad. Pathetic even.

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