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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 3/22/2023

  • Frank Griswold III dies
  • UMC state lawsuit dismissed
  • Swallow Prior leaving SEBTS
  • Ramadan in Jerusalem
  • Hillsong attempting to move on
  • Garbology is the study of trash

Rev. Frank Griswold III, Episcopal trailblazer on gay clergy, dies at 85*
The Washington Post: Just before dusk on Nov. 2, 2003, Bishop Frank Griswold III looked out at more than 3,000 congregants, clergy and protesters at the University of New Hampshire’s ice hockey arena. He was moments away from consecrating the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church.

Judge dismisses lawsuit by 36 United Methodist churches
Religion News Service: The North Carolina churches sued in state courts to leave a denomination they view as having strayed from its theological moorings on LGBTQ issues.

Karen Swallow Prior to leave Southeastern Seminary
Baptist News Global: One of the highest-profile faculty members at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary announced via Twitter March 20 she will resign at the end of the current semester and has no other job lined up.

Concern over violence as Palestinians prepare for Ramadan in Jerusalem
The Guardian: Bloodshed and hardline Israeli politics raise tensions on the eve of the holy month

Hillsong says it is moving forward*
Christianity Today: New revelations will require increased accountability, but pastor wants to look to the future.

The Spark

Garbology is the study of trash. This is why students love it
While the U.S. is four percent of the global population, it accounts for 12% of all trash produced worldwide, NPR says.

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