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Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/16/2022

  • Buffalo gunman charged with hate crimes
  • CRC removes latitude on LGBTQ issues
  • Debate in SBC about boundaries
  • Title 42’s legacy
  • Francis toes line in Ukraine war
  • A history of hitchhiking

Buffalo supermarket gunman charged with federal hate crimes
Associated Press: The white gunman who killed 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket was charged Wednesday with federal hate crimes that could potentially carry a death penalty.

Christian Reformed Church codifies “homosexual sex” as sin in its declaration of faith
Religion News Service: Over the years, the small Calvinist denomination has given its churches a degree of latitude in ministering to LGBTQ people. That may now change.

Debate over Saddleback’s female pastors raises bigger questions for the SBC
Christianity Today: Even without a decision on whether to disfellowship Rick Warren’s megachurch, Southern Baptists are left wondering about where a denomination of independent churches draws its boundary lines.

Title 42’s disastrous — and illegal — legacy at the southern border*
Christian Century: The Biden administration has reversed Trump’s rhetoric around migrants but not all of his policies.

Pope Francis says Ukraine war was ‘perhaps somehow provoked’
The Guardian: Pontiff condemns ‘cruelty’ of Russian troops while warning against perception of conflict as good versus evil.

The Spark

That ol’ thumb: A history of hitchhiking
It was in the Depression-era US that hitchhiking really took off, and became codified as an act of social solidarity, the London Review of Books says.

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