Monday's News & Ideas

  • UMC divestment backlash
  • Church bell with a criminal past
  • Retired UMC clergy on gay marriage
  • Priests denounce their bishop
  • CoE's World Cup prayer
  • Innovation labs for reducing poverty

Methodist Church group links divestment move to Israel and a firm's prison roleThe New York Times: A decision by the UMC pension board to sell its stock in a company that provides security equipment to Israel has set off a backlash from supporters of Israel.

Church bell at Angola prison has its own criminal past, newspaper reportsThe (New Orleans) Times-Picayune: The bell that hangs in the chapel of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has a criminal record to match that of the inmates who pray there.

10 retired clergy say they will officiate at weddings of same-sex couplesUnited Methodist Reporter: Ten retired United Methodist clergy have stated their intent to make themselves available to officiate weddings of same-sex couples.

Priests' letter to nuncio denounces bishopNational Catholic Reporter: Letter describes a management style that the priests say has caused tension in the diocese for some time between the bishop, members of his clergy, and laypeople.

'Oh God': the official World Cup pithy prayer issued by Church of EnglandThe (London) Guardian: Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, supplies five prayers for England tournament bid, with two-word version set to be the most popular.

The Spark

Can innovation labs for reducing poverty embrace failure?In the penny-pinching, results-focused world of aid, there's little room for experimentation. But as Ozy reports, innovation labs are trying to change that.

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