Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/10/2018

  • Black clergy standing apart
  • Christianity, alternative to consumerism
  • Texas race & female religious voters
  • Protestant program @ Catholic seminary
  • UK bakery decision
  • Rooms where books were written

Black clergy, critiquing the national divide, announce plan to forge their own path
Religion News Service: Representatives of two black Baptist denominations, the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention USA, say they will stand apart from white liberals and conservatives alike while seeking to address a politically divided nation.

How Christianity can be an "alternative" to consumerism
Vox: Meghan O'Gieblyn, author of the new essay collection "Interior States," on evangelicalism, consumerism, and Trump.

Beto O'Rourke may benefit from an unlikely support group: white evangelical women
The New York Times: To Democrats, who have largely written off white evangelical voters, Texas Senate race sends a signal that there are female, religious voters who are open to some of their party's candidate.

Protestants make a home at Catholic theology school
The San Antonio Express News: The Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership is an anomaly at seminaries and other educational institutions: a black church studies program -- traditionally Protestant-centered -- in a Catholic institution.

UK supreme court backs bakery that refused to make gay marriage cake
The (London) Guardian: A Belfast bakery run by evangelical Christians was not obliged to make a cake emblazoned with the message "support gay marriage", the UK supreme court has ruled.

The Spark

Inside the rooms where 20 famous books were written
When you love a novel, there's something satisfying about seeing where it was made. At Literary Hub, the places where some of literature's most beloved works were written: some beautiful, some dark, all apparently capable of inspiring greatness.

Want to get News & Ideas in your inbox every weekday?
Subscribe to our News & Ideas newsletter or receive our RSS feed in your RSS reader.