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Friday's News & Ideas - 5/24/2024

  • Interview with UMC’s Stroud
  • Abuse trial in New Orleans delayed
  • ‘Appeal to Heaven’ nationalist flag
  • Ukrainian military chaplains
  • Carlo Acutis to become saint
  • Minneapolis library experiment

The splintering of the United Methodist Church
WBUR: Just two days ago, Pastor Stroud was reinstated into the United Methodist Church as pastor.

Frustration as trial of New Orleans priest accused of rape further delayed
The Guardian: Prosecution hints that Lawrence Hecker, 92, accused of historical rape and kidnapping, is feigning illness to avoid going to trial.

How is the ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag spotted at Alito’s house linked to Jan. 6?
Religion News Service: “Throughout the Trump presidency, the flag became a symbol for Trump, for Christian America, for this insurgent Christian nationalism,” says scholar Matthew Taylor.

Ukrainian military chaplains learn pluralism on the job*
The Christian Century: What to do if a soldier from another denomination asks for a prayer.

Italian teenager Carlo Acutis to become first millennial Catholic saint after second miracle attributed to him
CBS News: An Italian teenager who was informally known as “God’s Influencer” for using his computer skills to spread the Catholic faith is set to become the first saint of the millennial generation, the Vatican announced Thursday.

The Spark

Not your childhood library
An ambitious experiment in Minneapolis is changing the way librarians* work with their homeless patrons and challenging how we share public space, The New Yorker says.

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