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Thursday's News & Ideas - 3/16/2023

  • UMC Judicial Council
  • Rick Warren on women leaders
  • Americans on religious groups
  • Catholic watchdog calls for names
  • Spanish monastery has mixed choir
  • Rosie the Riveter history

For United Methodists’ top court, 2024 is the new 2020
Religion News Service: Three of the most recent decisions released by the Judicial Council dealt with resolutions that annual and jurisdictional conferences have approved regarding the denomination’s stance on LGBTQ inclusion.

Scripture changed his mind on women in ministry, Rick Warren tells Russell Moore
Baptist News Global: The Great Commission is one of several scriptural reasons Rick Warren believes women are called by God to leadership in the church, he told Russell Moore in a March 8 podcast.
Religion News Service: Since the 1880s, Southern Baptists have argued over the role of women

Americans feel more positive than negative about Jews, mainline Protestants, Catholics
Pew Research Center: Most are neutral toward several groups; but evangelical Christians are viewed negatively, on balance, by non-evangelical Americans.

Catholic watchdog names bishops tied to sex abuse and urges pope to act*
The Washington Post: Prominent researchers of accountability for clergy sexual abuse called on Pope Francis on Wednesday to release the names of bishops investigated by the Vatican since the implementation of 2019 rules that overhauled how the church responds to abuse accusations.

Spanish monastery admits girls to choir for first time in 700-year history
The Guardian: A mixed group will take over duties of the Escolania choir at Montserrat monastery one weekend a month.

The Spark

Was she really Rosie?
JSTOR tells the unlikely, true story of the Westinghouse “We Can Do It” work-incentive poster that became an international emblem of women’s empowerment.

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