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Friday's News & Ideas - 5/10/2024

  • Union plans to divest
  • Faith leaders & mental health crisis
  • SBC candidate causes controversy
  • Lesley Hazleton dies
  • Haitian aid
  • United States of Avocado

Union Theological Seminary trustees endorse divestment from ‘companies profiting from the war in Palestine’
Columbia Spectator: The institution is one of the first in the United States to announce plans to divest from such companies.

How faith leaders can get a grasp on the mental health crisis
Religion News Service: Clergy can’t solve every congregant’s mental health problem, but we can be a conduit of information and help.

Candidate for SBC president stirs a storm by saying sexual abuse cases are a ‘distraction’
Baptist News Global: Critics pounced when David Allen, a seminary preaching professor, called those lawsuits a “distraction” from the gospel imperative.

Lesley Hazleton, writer who tackled religion and fast cars, dies at 78
The New York Times: Born in England and raised Jewish, she became agnostic, writing books about her own lack of faith, the prophet Muhammad and her time as a car columnist.

Haitian aid workers worry American Christians donors could worsen crisis
Religion News Service: A network of five humanitarian organizations is working to convince American faith-based donors to shift their support away from funding for orphanages to focus on family-strengthening initiatives.

The Spark

The united states of avocado
The US is breeding a new generation of avocado eaters, Taste says. The industry is responding.

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