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Friday's News & Ideas - 7/23/2021

  • Examples in UMC split
  • Pastors urge vaccinations
  • ‘Ted Lasso’ & leadership
  • Modern Black saint
  • Synagogue shooter trial
  • Milwaukee needed a win

UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.
Religion News Service: Community of Hope was founded in 1993 as an outreach to ‘people on the margin,’ including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS, according to its former pastor.

Missouri church leaders implore congregants: Get vaccinated
Associated Press: As lead pastor of one of Missouri’s largest churches, Jeremy Johnson has heard all the reasons congregants don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccination. He wants them to know it’s not only OK to do so but also is what the Bible urges.

5 ways ‘Ted Lasso’ shows how effective leadership can be achieved through kindness*
Business Insider: At its core, “Ted Lasso,” which begins its second season on Friday, is a workplace comedy that’s especially relevant for managers and executives.

In Mediterranean Europe, St. Benedict the Moor is back*
Christian Century: St. Benedict the Moor was canonized in 1807, the first Black saint in modern times.

California synagogue shooter pleads guilty
HuffPost: John T. Earnest avoided the death penalty with his plea in San Diego Superior Court.

The Spark

Milwaukee needed this win

A team stacked with exemplars of work ethic and heart, the Bucks* have come to personify a spirit of civic optimism in a city that could sorely use something to celebrate, The New York Times says.

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