Thursday's News & Ideas - 1/9/2020

  • Colleges react to UMC split
  • Religion in 2020s?
  • Idle parking lots for homeless
  • Cardinal in Iraq on tensions
  • Pastor targeted at border
  • A day that never happened

A way out of impasse over LGBT issues?
Inside Higher Ed: A proposed split in the United Methodist Church could be good news for colleges that struggled with whether to retain their church affiliation following the adoption of anti-LGBT policies.

Where will the next decade take religion? Experts predict the future of faith
Religion News Service: We asked scholars, faith leaders, activists and other experts to reflect on some of the biggest shifts in religious landscapes they have seen over the last 10 years -- as well as the biggest themes in the world of religion that they expect to emerge in the 2020s.

A place for homeless families to sleep safely in their cars
Christian Century: How a group of interfaith partners is making use of their idle parking lots.

Iraq Catholic leader begs world powers not to escalate tensions in region
HuffPost: In the wake of a U.S. drone attack in Baghdad, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako warned that “innocent people” will bear the cost of the heightened tensions.

Documents reveal border agents targeted U.S. pastor over caravan marriage ceremonies
NBC: Documents reveal Customs and Border Protection officers also believed Pastor Kaji Dousa was connected to ANTIFA and encouraged other illegal acts by the migrant caravan.

The Spark

The day that never happened
Journalist Farnoush Amiri writes for NPR about the mystery and aftermath of a morning where men in SWAT gear raided her home.

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