Friday's News & Ideas - 9/4/2020

  • GA church leaves UMC
  • Will students trust colleges?
  • Genocide in Xinjiang
  • Policing is a national emergency
  • Patriot Prayer far-right group
  • America’s food insecurity

Georgia church leaves United Methodist over LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriage
NPR: A local church in Georgia that supports LGBTQ rights says it is splitting from the United Methodist Church, becoming the first congregation in the country to act on a growing rift between progressives and conservatives within the denomination.

Students may lose trust in colleges due to pandemic response
Inside Higher Ed: With pivots, lockdowns and outbreaks occurring at campuses around the country, will students trust their colleges in the future?

Muslim minority teacher tells of forced sterilization in Xinjiang
The Guardian: The Chinese government threatened a woman when she resisted in move to suppress Muslim minority birth rates.

We need to declare a national emergency on deadly policing
Religion News Service: It is time that this society faces the truth that the American exceptionalism that is so deeply rooted in our nation’s identity and that protects social constructs of whiteness at all costs depends on a fundamental narrative of anti-Blackness.

What to know about Patriot Prayer, a far-right group backed by Portland shooting victim
HuffPost: Patriot Prayer has hosted dozens of pro-gun, pro-Trump rallies in the Pacific Northwest, often clashing with left-wing groups.

The Spark

America at hunger’s edge
In the pandemic economy, nearly one in eight households doesn’t have enough to eat,* The New York Times says.

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