Thursday's News & Ideas - 12/19/2019

  • Evangelical silence on impeachment
  • Rep. gov welcomes refugees
  • Renewal of LGBTQ vows at UMC
  • ‘Ministerial exception’
  • Faith books in 2020
  • Authors in writing groups

As impeachment looms, evangelicals defend Trump but pass on debating the issues
Religion News Service: Among evangelicals, there has been little engagement with issues central to President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

Faith, service drive Tennessee gov to keep taking refugees
Associated Press: Republican Gov. Bill Lee pointed to his own faith when he rejected an offer by President Donald Trump’s administration to let states halt resettlement.

On eve of church’s LGBTQ clampdown, Dallas’ First United Methodist will celebrate all marriages in special service*
The Dallas Morning News: The renewal of vows event is a remarkable moment amid the continuing fallout from the denomination’s new restrictions on same-sex unions and ordination.

The Supreme Court will hear 2 major cases about when religious schools can ignore civil rights laws
Vox: At stake is a society in which civil rights laws aren’t optional for religious employers.

Faith-based titles leading the 2020 lists
Publishers Weekly: Looking at what religion and spirituality publishers are highlighting in the first part of the new year.

The Spark

Conversations with friends (who are also writers)
Long after their days in workshops and graduate seminars have ended, some established authors still find support and inspiration in writing groups,* The New York Times says.

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