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Monday's News & Ideas - 8/22/2022

  • UMC’s center isn’t holding
  • SPU’s competing Christianities
  • Utah protesters on abuse laws
  • Evolving Faith & deconstruction
  • New high rises next to NYC seminaries
  • There aren’t enough teachers

For United Methodists, the center is not holding
Religion News Service: Big-tent centrists like Bishop Ken Carter have to face facts and give traditionalists a last push out.

At SPU, a struggle between competing visions of Christianity
Seattle Times: LGBTQ discrimination has been repeatedly rejected by the vast majority of SPU faculty, staff and students. Thus, the conflict is not a conflict between Christianity and secular government; it is a struggle between competing visions of Christianity.

Protesters demand Utah require clergy to report sex abuse
Associated Press: Survivors and faith leaders are demanding Utah change a law that exempts religious leaders from requirements that they report sexual abuse brought to their attention in spiritual confessions

Companions in the wilderness*
Christian Century: Evolving Faith’s Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu believe that a person’s deconstruction can’t just be for them.

Morningside Heights gets that much higher*
Curbed: Claremont Hall, now the tallest building on the Heights’ highest point, is designed to fuse at street level with the gray stonework of Union Theological Seminary’s English perpendicular style.

The Spark

Are teachers leaving the classroom en masse?
With schools reopening across dozens of states this month, some education leaders are ringing the alarm: There aren’t enough teachers to fill open positions right now, Vox says.

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