Monday's News & Ideas - 5/10/2021

  • Pandemic & pastors quitting
  • Tensions in Jerusalem
  • PA lawmaker & nationalism
  • 1st openly transgender bishop
  • Saddleback ordains 3 women
  • Why stocks soared in 2020

For some pastors, the past year was a sign from God it was time to quit
Religion News Service: Already stretched thin, these clergy found the demands of the pandemic -- from producing video church to combating conspiracy theories -- took all the joy out of the job.

Hundreds of Palestinians injured in Israeli police clashes as tensions soar in Jerusalem
CNN: Hundreds of Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police at one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites on Monday, as tensions in the city continue to soar.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker and the resurgence of Christian nationalism*
The New Yorker: How Doug Mastriano’s rise embodies the spread of a movement centered on the belief that God intended America to be a Christian nation.

Megan Rohrer elected as 1st openly transgender bishop in U.S. Lutheran Church
NPR: Rohrer will serve as bishop of the Sacramento-based Sierra Pacific synod, which encompasses close to 200 congregations in Central and Northern California and northern Nevada.

Largest church in SBC ordains three women as pastors
Baptist News Global: Saddleback Church ordained three women as ministers May 6, sending shock waves through the male-centric leadership of the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination.

The Spark

Why stocks soared while America struggled
For a year that’s been so bad, it’s hard not to wonder why the stock market has been so good, Vox says.

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