Wednesday's News & Ideas - 6/20/2018

  • Church complaint on Sessions
  • Royal wedding & message of religion
  • Christian in America
  • Pope on abortion & birth defects
  • Churches & changing social media
  • Summer solstice

600 United Methodists file church complaint against Jeff Sessions
Religion News Service: More than 600 United Methodist clergy and laypeople have signed a formal denominational complaint against fellow United Methodist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, condemning his role in the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy of separating children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Religion Dispatches: Why the Methodist effort to discipline Sessions is a risky business

Message of religion as important as ever, even in a royal wedding
The (Toronto) Star: The trappings of religion, even when manifest in a royal wedding, may belong to the past, but the message of religion is as important and as relevant as it has always been, says Dow Marmur.

What does it mean to be Christian in America?
Religion & Politics: In his new book, "Christian: The Politics of a Word in America," historian Matthew Bowman documents a few of the many forms that Christianity in the U.S. has assumed over the past 150 years.

Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is like Nazi eugenics program
Catholic News Service: Pope Francis denounced the practice of administering prenatal tests to determine birth defects that often lead to abortions, comparing it to the Nazi-era eugenics program that determined what lives were worth keeping or eliminating.

Churches must 'count the cost' of pursuing youth on social media
Baptist News Global: As young people abandon Facebook in favor of other social media platforms, should churches follow them into virtual spaces that many ministers have barely heard of?

The Spark

The summer solstice is Thursday: 6 things to know about the longest day of the year
The summer solstice is upon us: As Vox reports, tomorrow, June 21, will be the longest day of 2018 for anyone living north of the equator. Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?

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