Monday's News & Ideas - 2/3/2020

  • Charities pay Trump lawyer
  • Ebenezer pastor for senate
  • Women religious innovate
  • Melissa Rogers’ book
  • Replanting perils
  • The substitute teacher

Charities steered $65M to Trump lawyer Sekulow and family
Associated Press: Charity watchdogs for years have raised concerns about the blurred lines between for-profit businesses tied to Sekulow and the complex web of non-profit entities he and his family control.

Raphael Warnock, pastor of famed church, enters Georgia Senate race*
Atlanta Journal Constitution: The son of two pastors, Warnock said he was inspired by his parents and King to join the ministry. He was tapped in 2005 at the age of 35 to lead Ebenezer, and he embraced his church’s legacy of social activism.

Not by numbers: Women religious finding new ways to minister, collaborate
Crux: According to Vatican statistics released in 2019, there are close to 650,000 women religious in the world; there were more than 720,000 in 2010.

Religious freedom in America
Christian Century: Melissa Rogers considers what a healthy role for religion in American public life might look like.

Minnesota Methodists say rebooting churches can be helpful but comes with peril
Religion News Service: While painful for many longtime church members, advocates say a restart can help reverse shrinking numbers and breathe new life into congregations. But leaders have to be careful not to alienate older members of the congregation.

The Spark

Lucky for me, the kindergarteners are running the show
Flash fiction at Electric Literature on the chaos of being a substitute teacher.

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