Friday's News & Ideas - 11/20/2020

  • Pompeo visits West Bank
  • New Sojourners president
  • Evangelicals are an obstacle to justice
  • A ‘virtual minister’
  • William Bobby McClain dies
  • Pandemic changes Thanksgiving

Pompeo visits West Bank settlement and offers parting gifts to Israeli right*
The New York Times: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the boycott-Israel movement would be treated as anti-Semitic, and ordered that imports from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank be labeled products of Israel.

Adam Taylor succeeds Jim Wallis as Sojourners president
Religion News Service: Founder Jim Wallis will step away as the organization’s president and take a new role at Georgetown University.

Trump’s election support from evangelicals shows we’re the biggest obstacle to racial justice
NBC News: Alongside whatever good white evangelicals have done for the nation, we have also failed spectacularly, and no more so than in our community’s role in upholding and legitimizing white supremacy, Robert Jones writes.

‘Virtual minister’ preaches from afar
Salem News: The Rev. Jaimie Crumley has been hired as a “virtual minister” at a church in Beverly, Massachusetts. Since coming on board, she’s been preaching at online Sunday services and meeting with church members via Zoom without leaving her home in Inglewood, California.

McClain, theologian and civil rights leader, dies at 82
United Methodist News Service: The Rev. William Bobby McClain, the Black theologian and civil rights leader who championed the United Methodist worship book “Songs of Zion,” died after a short illness on Nov. 18. He was 82.

The Spark

How the pandemic could change Thanksgiving
From outdoor picnics to roommate Friendsgivings, people are finding creative ways to celebrate the holiday, Vox says.

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