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Thursday's News & Ideas - 12/2/2021

  • Supreme Court debates abortion
  • Pastors joining Great Resignation?
  • Religious communities & climate
  • Hanukkah celebrations at White House
  • Broadcaster Marcus Lamb dies
  • Costs of being single in America

As Supreme Court debates abortion, dueling theologies protest outside
Religion News Service: ‘The issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers since the beginning of time — it’s still debated in religions,’ said Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the court heard oral arguments.

Why pastors are joining the Great Resignation
Sojourners: According to Barna, about 38 percent of Protestant senior pastors surveyed have considered leaving ministry over the past year. Among pastors under age 45, that number rose to 46 percent.

Religious communities can make the difference in winning the fight against climate change
The Conversation: Our best chance is to convince existing organizations with financial, political and social power to pioneer drastic change.

Bidens, Harris, Emhoff celebrate Hanukkah at White House
Associated Press: President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses held a “family” celebration of Hanukkah at the White House Wednesday, with the first Jewish spouse of a vice president, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, joining in lighting the menorah.

Died: Marcus Lamb, Daystar founder who believed TV opened a window for the Holy Spirit
Christianity Today: After setting himself apart from corrupt televangelists and achieving incredible early success, the Christian network chief lived from scandal to scandal.
Religion News Service: Marcus Lamb, anti-COVID vaccine Christian broadcaster, dies at 64

The Spark

The escalating costs of being single in America
Why is life in this country so hostile to single people? Vox asks.



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